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Entomologist to discuss browntail moth management Jan. 24

Jan 13, 2019
Hairs of the Browntail moth caterpillar can be toxic to humans. The pests are moving inland into Maine but web removal now can stem the invasion.

Palermo — Palermo Community Library will present Eleanor Groden, professor of entomology at the University of Maine, discussing the health hazards of, and recommended management strategies for dealing with browntail moths. The free presentation will take place Thursday, Jan. 24, at 6:30 p.m. at the library and is free to the public.

The library has purchased an extendable (up to 25 feet) tree pruner and is making it available for patrons to borrow for removing browntail moth winter webs from their trees to help combat local infestations.

The library is located at 2789 Route 3. For more information, call 993-6088, email or visit

David Nichols demonstrates use of a pole pruner to remove browntail moth webs. Pruner is available for loan from Palermo Community Library.
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