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|Killer Insect Invasion Creeps to Kew Gardens|
- There moth be some mistake for these beasties to have come to town
KILLER creepy crawlies are on the loose in London, after hitching a ride aboard oak trees sent from Italy.
Called the Oak Processionary moth, the little beasties are believed to have been hiding in Tuscan oaks planted for a Richmond residential scheme and have now extended their empire to nearby Kew Gardens and other green areas of west London.
"We don't want to alarm anyone," said Jason Stacey of Ealing Council. "But there is a chance that people could come into direct or indirect contact with the caterpillars' microscopic hairs."
Those tiny hairs – each one-inch caterpillar has approximately 60,000 of the things – are poisonous and can easily detach themselves and can be carried by the wind.
Asthma sufferers in particular are most at risk from the wind-blown hairs, but other people can also find their skin and eyes irritated and there have been rare cases of lethal allergic reactions.
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