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Elle, along with Alan, is the owner of Spain Buddy and the busy web design business - Spain Web Design by Gandy-Draper. Born a "Norverner", she then spent most of her life "Dann Saff" before moving to Spain in 2006. Elle's loves are Alan, the internet, dogs, good food, and dry white wine - although not necessarily in that order.


  1. Ruby
    January 10, 2017 @ 8:27 am

    Be vigilant out walking, look at every pine tree, nests look like candy floss on south facing branches. Take a can of max strength insecticide with you, spray thoroughly every nest you see. Forget hairspray and burning, it could cause a fire, and the nests are not particularly flammable, so caterpillars may not be destroyed ( lived here with 4 weimaraners) insecticide has killed 100% of the nests I’ve sprayed


    • Richard
      May 1, 2017 @ 12:20 pm

      Agree with your comment. We typically have 30 or 40 nests in the pine trees on our finca. Most nests are too high to reach and burn. So I also use an insectiside, Imidacloprid obtained from our local acricultural supplier. I use a backpack spray and can reach up about 4 metres. I spray the nests and surrounding needles.
      I also paint the trunks of the pine trees with sticky black tar, the type used in the UK to stop insects climbing up fruit trees. So far I think I have killed the caterpillars before they descend the trees.

      We have two dogs so it is important to protect them. I find the nests start appearing as early as October.


  2. Ian Wood
    January 10, 2017 @ 9:38 am

    I have never seen them in moraira


    • Elle Draper
      January 10, 2017 @ 11:48 am

      They tend to gather in pine trees. Do you have pines there Ian?


  3. Dora
    January 20, 2017 @ 8:53 pm

    Experienced the caterpillars in the pine tree park in Calahonda as well as along the wooden walkway in Cabopino last year from February onwards. After finding that dogs weren’t officially allowed on the beaches, we struggled to find safe places to walk our dog.


  4. Jade Ward
    January 26, 2017 @ 10:15 am

    We have seen them in Ávila.


  5. Property Costa del Sol
    November 17, 2020 @ 12:27 pm

    I can see these caterpillars around this time of the year too (November-December), much earlier than they normally come.
    I know someone whose dog took one in the mouth and the tongue had to be amputated of the poor thing. Very dangerous to pets, be careful.


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