Spruce budworm moth infestation creates cleanup headaches
Millions of moths descended on Campbellton-Dalhousie region Monday, swarming around lights
The millions of spruce budworm moths that have been swarming the Campbellton and Dalhousie areas seem to be dying off, but they're leaving behind an enormous mess.
- Moth infestation in northern N.B. likely spruce budworm
- 'Millions' of moths alight at Campbellton auto dealership
Wayne Mann of Mann's Garden Centre in Tide Head has been on call the past few days, on clean-up duty around the region.
He was called in by Campbellton's Plaza auto dealership to help clean up the moths that carpeted the parking lot, vehicles, windows and shrubs on the property.
It was a total mess.- Dawn Kenny, Dalhousie
Mann said his company is using a vacuum truck to suck up the all the little carcasses, 90 per cent of which are already dead or well on their way.
"We brush all these trees like you brush and comb your hair. We combed out everything into the sides and we're containing it into a twenty foot radius of where we're working," Mann said.
"The house was infested with them ... We totally had to clean the whole interior of the house and wash the walls down. It was unbelievable," she said.
"Things are dying off and if we leave them here, the smell, we won't be able to stand it.' - Wayne Mann, Mann's Garden Centre
"They stick on the walls and then people try to hit them, and they squish them on the walls, and we had to wash, trying to get them out of there.
"We had to close one day to wash everything, wash the walls down. It was a total mess," Kenny said.
He and his team are about to start examining the moths they've collected in Campbellton over the past few days.
"There are a pile of eggs around there. The bushes are loaded with eggs.
"The larvae which emerged from those will most likely die. There's no host to feed on, so they won't have a lot of success," Johns said.
He said another crew is going out next week to collect more branches, count pupae casings and try to determine the number of egg masses in the area.