four nests of processionary caterpillars have been chosen, one in the Antwerp parks, two in Wilrijk, in the polder district and in the Stadspark. The problem is much smaller than in previous years.
The processionary caterpillar can cause the required nuisance. The hairs of these insects cause itching and irritation to the eyes, among other things. The good news is that fewer nests have been found in the Antwerp parks so far. There will be two plans for that.
Due to the project of the city of Antwerp (wild) grass, where grass is mowed less, there are more parasitic wasps. Attaching nest boxes for tits also ensures more tits. Both animals are natural enemies of the processionary caterpillar. In addition, preventive measures are carried out in places where nests of processionary caterpillars have been found in recent years.
When a nest is found, a contractor commissioned by the city of Antwerp will remove it within five days. Signs in advance for visitors to the parks.