London Olympics To Feature…Thousands Of Poisonous Caterpillars?
London Olympic organizers for the 2012 summer games have tried to take every precaution possible to ensure unwanted guests do not show up at this years Olympic event, unfortunately one guest, the larval form of the oak processionary moth might prove too difficult to handle.
The poisonous caterpillar started showing up and eating Britain’s oak trees back in 2006 after they came over on oak trees imported from Holland and then rapidly spread across Britain.
The caterpillar is dangerous because it contains 63,000 toxic hairs which when inhaled can cause asthma attacks, skin and throat rashes, runny eyes, vomiting and dizziness.
According to the Telegraph the problem is expected to be worse this year than previous years because of an unusually warm winter which has allowed the bugs numbers to swell.
When asked if the problem will be taken care of before the Olympics the head of one arboretum note:
“You can slow them down, but we will never find them all. They will always keep increasing.”
Anyone visiting the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England with severe asthma or other medical conditions are urged to carry their inhaler or other medications with them at all times.
This is one case in which the countries planed use of special forces agents and rooftop based surface to air missiles will do no good.
London officials claim to have killed upwards of 700 nests this year however the warm winter allowed the caterpillars to spread faster than containment efforts could control.