Houston is home to a variety of caterpillars, which can be found in backyards and homes. Some people may be wondering why these caterpillars are attracted to their yards and homes. This Spring we are seeing an uptick in Caterpillar population all throughout the Greater Houston Area! Read this article below that explains what a caterpillar is, what types of caterpillars we can expect to find in your back yard, and more importantly, how do we keep them away from your home!
What Is A Caterpillar?
A caterpillar is the larval stage of a moth or butterfly. They are soft-bodied, and have a tubular body with a well-defined head and thorax. Caterpillars have a set of small, fleshy legs near the head, and many large, fleshy appendages at the rear, which are used for locomotion.
Why Are We Seeing So Many Caterpillars This Spring?
Houston is home to a variety of caterpillars, which can be found in backyards and homes. Some people may be wondering why these caterpillars are attracted to their yards and homes. Caterpillars go through a process called metamorphosis, in which they transform from a larva into an adult. This Spring we are seeing an uptick in Caterpillar population all throughout the Greater Houston Area because of the warmer winter. A more mild winter allows for this metamorphosis process to continue undisturbed at higher populations.
What Types Of Caterpillars Are In Houston?
There are many types of caterpillars that can be found in Houston, including the Monarch Caterpillar, Silkworm Caterpillar, Tobacco Hornworm Caterpillar, and the Western Tent Caterpillar.
- Monarch Caterpillar – The Monarch Caterpillar is a well-known and easily identifiable caterpillar. They are bright green with black stripes, and can often be found feeding on milkweed plants.
- Silkworm Caterpillar – The Silkworm Caterpillar is a domesticated caterpillar that is widely used for the production of silk. They are light green or yellow in color, and have a smooth body.
- Tobacco Hornworm Caterpillar – The Tobacco Hornworm Caterpillar is a large caterpillar that is often found feeding on tobacco plants. They are green or brown in color, and have a horn on their head.
- Western Tent Caterpillar – The Western Tent Caterpillar is a large, brown caterpillar that can often be found in tents made of silk. They are found throughout the United States.
Why Are Caterpillars Attracted To My Home?
There are several reasons why caterpillars may be drawn to your backyard or home. One reason is that they may be looking for food. Caterpillars are herbivores and love to eat leaves, so they may be drawn to your yard or garden because of the abundance of plants.
Another reason caterpillars may be attracted to your home is because they are looking for a place to live. Caterpillars like to make their homes in sheltered areas, such as under leaves or in crevices in trees or houses. And finally, caterpillars may be drawn to your home because of the warmth. Caterpillars like warm environments, and homes provide a warm place for them to live.
What Should I Do If I See Caterpillars In My Yard?
You should call CPL Pest Control for your FREE Consultation and Quote! We promise to take care of your caterpillar problem and reduce the nuisance in your yard! Give us a call today for your FREE Consultation and Quote at 281-683-6737, as always, ask for Chris!
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