Virginia wildlife officials have issued a notice to citizens after reports of several sightings of venomous puss caterpillars.
The tiny hairs on the insect are toxic nails, which can cause pain like a bee sting.
There are tiny hollow hairs in that soft, hairy body."
Theresa Dellinger, a diagnostician at the Insect Identification Lab at Virginia Tech, said to CNN. "It's not going to reach out and bite you, but if someone touches on that hair, it will discharge toxins that you'll have a reaction to."
Experts warn the caterpillar may look adorable and harmless. It is not.
The forestry department said on Facebook, posting a picture of the furry critter. "#SocialDistance away from this caterpillar!"
According to National Geographic, symptoms of severe pain are
- Also, symptoms of shock.
Virginia is not necessarily an unfamiliar area for the pest. It can be located on the east coast from Florida to New Jersey and westward from Arkansas to Texas.
If you come into contact with the insect, Preferably, it would help if you left it alone.
You can recognize them based on their long, hairy bodies ranging from yellow to tan to brown.
Virginia Tech issued a report on what to do if "stung" by a dangerous caterpillar.
Basic steps when you contact the dangerous caterpillar:
- Clean the surface if any hairs or toxic substances remain.
- Put the tape on the surface and then tear it off to remove the hair stuck in the skin. Use a new piece of tape every time.
- Cold packs and steroid lotions will reduce inflammation and make the prick less painful.
- Contact a doctor immediately if anyone has had a severe reaction to insects before or has been stung near the eyes.
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