Thousands of caterpillars descend on Lake Manitoba

Residents around Lake Manitoba are watching entire trees vanish before their eyes and massive caterpillar populations take over their homes.

Caterpillars clear entire forests, fill air with eerie chomping noise

Cary Anderson said her home, shown here, is among hundreds crawling with caterpillars who are destroying entire forests around Lake Manitoba. (Cary Anderson)

Residents around Lake Manitoba are watching entire trees vanish before their eyes and massive caterpillar populations take over their homes.

Thick carpets of caterpillars can be seen on Cary Anderson's home in Alonsa, Man. (Cary Anderson)

Cary Anderson, who  lives near Alonsa, Man., says the black, fuzzy, forest tent caterpillars have taken over her community.

"When you look in the trees, you can just see them moving," said Anderson.

"They’re very thick on the trees and on the roads. The roads just look like they’re moving because there’s so many of them."

Anderson said thousands of the caterpillars have climbed up the sides of homes and have cleared out entire forests from Ashern to St. Rose du Lac.

"Oh, it’s cleared. It’s cleared right out. All the trees are just bare for miles and miles and miles all around us," said Anderson.

She said she first noticed the problem two weeks ago when she was hanging her laundry outside.

"I could hear this really strange sound in the bush that I’ve never heard before, and it was like tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick. You could just hear [them]," said Anderson.

Cary Anderson said entire forests have been cleared around Lake Manitoba by forest tent caterpillars. (Cary Anderson)

She added farmers are now worried the creatures will go after their crops.

For now, Anderson said she and her neighbours are trying to stay inside to avoid having the caterpillars fall or crawl on them.