With the monsoons ebbing, many areas in Kurla are encountering an unusual problem. Stinging caterpillars have invaded several homes and the BMC’s pest control office (PCO) has been receiving nearly 30 calls every day since last week. As per complaints, the menace prevents children and seniors from going to the bathroom in the dark.
Stinging caterpillars grow up to be moths, but at the immature stage they have quill-like hair that can pierce the human skin as part of their defence mechanism. As per a few irritating encounters, these creatures can cause severe pain, blistering and swelling.
Local corporator Kiran Landge said
Pest control officer of L-ward, Nitin Dhobe said hairy caterpillars are not new during the rainy season. They have normally wandered off trees in search of new locations to pupate. “They emerge after
Dhobe said the PCO, as per
“Stinging caterpillars aren’t as dangerous as bees or ticks,” said a civic official. He said exposure to their prickly hair, called setae, triggers an overactive immune response in some people. Perceiving the bite to be a threat, their immune system floods the body with a