Outbreak of irritant caterpillars in Peterborough underpass

The barriers at the underpass

The barriers at the underpass

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Residents are being advised to take care while using a Peterborough city centre underpass following an infestation of caterpillars.

The infestation of brown tail moth caterpillars was discovered in the underpass underneath the Queensgate roundabout leading from Cowgate to the train station this week.

Advice signs at the underpass

Advice signs at the underpass

The caterpillars can cause rashes and skin irritation if touched.

Residents are urged not to touch insects or bits of plants until the infestation has been dealt with, and barriers and signs have been put in place.

Edward Hamilton, Tree Service Manager for Amey in Peterborough said; “An infestation of Brown Tail moths have been found at the underpass near Queensgate Roundabout on Bourges Boulevard.

“We have treated the affected area, and the team will continue to monitor and will undertake further treatment if required.”

An infestation of the animals occurred in the same underpass last year. Insecticides were used to deal with the problem in 2015.

There have been no other reported outbreaks anywhere else in the city, but anyone who spots the creatures is asked to call the council on 01733 747474