June 7, 2013 1:16 pm
Updated: June 7, 2013 2:19 pm

Province braces for caterpillar infestation

Saskatchewan trees at the mercy of a forest tent caterpillar infestation.

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SASKATOON – Leaves on trees across Saskatchewan are being gobbled up as the province braces for an infestation of forest tent caterpillars.

The creepy-crawly insects are becoming a nuisance in several areas this spring, and experts say the problem is going to get worse over the next month before it gets better.

A warmer winter in the northern half of the province has allowed for better survival rates for the caterpillars, which defoliate mostly aspen and birch trees.

The province plans to do aerial surveys in the coming weeks to track the damage.

© 2013 The Canadian Press

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