Outbreak of irritant caterpillars in Peterborough underpass

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

Thursday, 12th May 2016, 5:06 pm
Updated Thursday, 12th May 2016, 6:11 pm
The barriers at the underpass

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.

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.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

Advice signs at the underpass

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

Advice signs at the underpass