Oak processionary moths

The oak processionary moth is a pest that has been identified within the borough. It lives on oak trees and poses a risk to human and animal health.

Oak processionary moths
Risk to humans

The caterpillar emerges each April and has thousands of irritating hairs, which can cause:

  • skin rashes
  • sore throats
  • breathing difficulties
  • eye problems. 

Important: Do not touch them.

If you think you may have been exposed and have an itching skin rash, conjunctivitis or other symptoms, call 999 if it is an emergency or contact your GP if it is not an emergency.

What to do if you see oak processionary moths or caterpillars

If you see any oak processionary moths or caterpillars, report them immediately

Page last updated: 14 Feb 2023