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PostPosted: June 9th, 2019, 10:02 pm 
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Hey,

Not sure if I missed a memo... have any of you ever tangled with one of these things?

I had one fall onto my neck, between my neck and collar of my fishing shirt. I brushed it off, not thinking anything of it. My neck is now fully broken out with a nettle like rash that itches like CRAZY. Apparently their hairs have a toxin to prevent from preditors.

WTF?

Incidentally, first time this happened with a gypsy moth caterpillar, but it happened once before with a white furry one, same story, the rash lasted for a month!!!!

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PostPosted: June 10th, 2019, 6:08 am 
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Yes, last Monday evening.
The itching was worse than poison ivy by Tuesday morning.
My wife had some de-tox mud mask stuff that worked really well on the itch.
Bonus now my neck is detoxified and wrinkle free.


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PostPosted: June 10th, 2019, 6:22 am 
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Holy moly, def worse than poison ivy.... going to make me bonkers!

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PostPosted: June 10th, 2019, 7:28 am 
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It sounds like you tangled with a Browntail moth caterpillar. They are nasty buggers. Their hairs are caustic, creating a rash that blisters similar to a brown recluse spider bite. The hairs also stay potent in the soil for up to 3 years (so people that react to them can get another chance for a rash every time they mow the lawn, blow leaves, etc...). I was at a dog event last June and the amount of hairs falling from the trees, glistening in the sun was astonishing.

The greater Brunswick area- particularly Dresden, is filthy with them. My fruit trees and oaks are getting hit hard.

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PostPosted: June 10th, 2019, 11:51 am 
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They are Browntail Moth... and they are the freaking DEVIL!!! I hate those things.


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PostPosted: June 10th, 2019, 2:23 pm 
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Could have also been a brown tail... there wasn’t much to it... but t may drive me nuts!

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PostPosted: June 10th, 2019, 3:21 pm 
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The greater Brunswick area- particularly Dresden, is filthy with them.

Yikes. https://www.maine.gov/dacf/mfs/forest_h ... sk_map.pdf


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PostPosted: June 11th, 2019, 10:27 am 
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A couple weeks ago I had an outbreak between my shoulder blade and arm pit. Thought it was either a herd of black flies had gotten me or spider bites. My wife said it looked like poison ivy, but now that I've read up on the brown tail that is what I'd say it was.They are all over with some trees almost totally leafless. And I see Jefferson is in the high impact zone.

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PostPosted: June 11th, 2019, 4:57 pm 
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Working on streams in Freeport and Brunswick last summer they were awful. Wear a long sleeved hoodie and light gloves on 90-degree days awful.


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PostPosted: June 11th, 2019, 5:55 pm 
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Can’t believe I hadn’t heard of this before. Good news, it is no longer itchy, but I do look like a leper.

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PostPosted: June 14th, 2019, 8:24 pm 
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Buddy in Yarmouth said it’s crazy bad this year.

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PostPosted: June 14th, 2019, 9:55 pm 
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Ran into the browntails twice two years ago. Once on a job in Scarborough, then later on Cousins Island, where they were literally everywhere. Worst rash and itch ever! Found out by accident that soap a friend makes with loofa in it was the trick for abating the itch. I think the loofa scrubbed the hairs out of my skin.


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PostPosted: June 15th, 2019, 11:08 am 
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I thought I had backwoods Maine figured out:
Black Flies-White Mountain Insect Repellent
Mosquitos-DEET more than 40 %
Now I have to worry about attack Moths! Very disturbing


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PostPosted: June 16th, 2019, 6:56 pm 
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kmudgn wrote:
I thought I had backwoods Maine figured out:
Black Flies-White Mountain Insect Repellent
Mosquitos-DEET more than 40 %
Now I have to worry about attack Moths! Very disturbing


I may be wrong, but I think the moths are mostly coastal and you don’t have to worry about them in the backwoods.

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