I know it seems like a weird time of year to be talking about this, but hear me out...

Every year in the late spring/early summer, we all start worrying about Browntail Moth Caterpillars. And with good reason! The rash that can accompany physical contact with those little buggers, is something you will never soon forget. And if someone were to get the hairs in their eyes, it could be really bad news.

So what's the best way to get rid of them?

If you look around your yard right now, you're quite likely to see one of their webby-looking nests hanging from a tree branch. You want to clip that branch, and then dunk the whole thing into a bucket of soapy water and basically drown them, according to WABI - TV5.

Whatever you do, don't burn it.

If you burn the nest, you'll just cause the hair to go airborne, and then you could run the risk of inhaling them or getting them in your eyes. And boy oh boy... that would not be fun. Granted, you'd have an interesting story about that time you got a Browntail rash at Christmas time. Because BTM rash is the best kind of present, right?

But really, this is the perfect time of year to get them. It's definitely worth a walk around your yard to look for nests. And destroying them now is better than dealing with them in the springtime. As soon as the weather gets warm, they'll be out in full force. So get 'em now, while they're hot. Or cold, as the case may be.

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