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Cankerworm caterpillars hit Texas trees

This week I’m receiving reports about spring cankerworm infestations in counties west of the Fort Worth, Texas area. Spring cankerworms (actually caterpillars, not worms) feed on a wide range of trees, and can defoliate trees in early spring.¬†Although cankerworms are present in low numbers every year, periodically conditions are right for widespread outbreaks. ¬†The last time I remember this happening in the Dallas area was about 11 years ago. If the reports are correct, this might be another “year of the cankerworm”–at least in some Texas counties. And… Read More →