Caterpillars causing craze in Livingston

Caterpillars causing craze in Livingston
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

LIVINGSTON, TX (KTRE) - Long, black antennas with yellow patches all over them-  it's not the latest sci-fi horror movie; it's real life for the folks living in Livingston.

"Aw man, it was awful," said Jason Wheeler, a Livingston resident.

Wheeler says he's had just about enough of the caterpillar invasion raining on his parade.

"As soon as you came outside, they were dropping like rain," Wheeler said. "Man, I had my family over and everybody came over to celebrate Easter, but the worms were so bad, nobody wanted to go outside."

People all over town say the creatures began camping out about two weeks ago…

"You couldn't eat outside because you were going to eat a caterpillar," Wheeler said.

And while he said he has tried spraying insect repellent to drown out the unwanted pests …

"It doesn't do any good. I just spray them with raid and make them fall down," Wheeler said.

That is, until they inevitably get back up.

And surprisingly, this isn't his first run-in with the creatures.

"Not last year, but the year before they were pretty bad. I mean, they covered the porch and everything," Wheeler said.

Experts say the caterpillar population changes just as sure as the wind is to blow, usually depending on how low temperatures drop in the winter.

So for now, Wheeler says he'll just have to …

"Live with 'em," Wheeler said.

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