Browntail Moth Response
February 20, 2024:
The City of Bangor Public Works Forestry Division conducted an educational event to help residents and businesses in Bangor recognize and remove browntail moth (BTM) nests. One of the least environmentally impactful ways to mitigate a BTM infestation in the spring is to remove the winter nests while the caterpillars are dormant. Each nest removed in the winter months eliminates up to 400 BTM caterpillars in the spring. These caterpillars present a health risk for residents due to the toxic hairs they shed while growing. Attendees had an opportunity to watch a demonstration and then use the pole pruners. Learn about the pole pruner loan program here.