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Hundreds of caterpillars leave their mark on an Essex street

Caterpillar nests are proving to be a nuisance for residents in a street in Basildon.

Hundreds of caterpillars have spun sticky, silky webs on trees in Clayburn Circle making the trees look silver.

We have recently been dealing with a number of reports of caterpillar nests particularly in the west of the borough.

– Basildon Council

But residents say they're crawling on garden fences and on gates making it difficult for them to get in their homes. Basildon Council says it's aware of the problem.

Caterpillars have been leaving silky webs in trees Credit: ITV Anglia

A council spokesman said: "We have recently been dealing with a number of reports of caterpillar nests particularly in the west of the borough.

"Pruning out nests has already begun which helps to solve the problem and our arboriculture team will start using insecticide next week but only where absolutely necessary."We received an enquiry yesterday regarding Clayburn Circle, and we visited today (Friday 26th May). The team will be dealing with this site within the next week."The species of caterpillar present is not a health hazard and is not an irritant. However, we would urge other residents from across the borough to report any cases of caterpillars to the council so we can inspect the sites and arrange appropriate action."

Caterpillars have been making their nests Credit: ITV Anglia