As BC Works to mop in the aftermath of the mountain pine beetle there is another bug lurking that has the potential to devour BC’s Forests.
Entomologists are beginning to pay closer attention to the tussock moth. Where the pine beetle ravaged forested area over a period of years, slowing killing a variety of pine species, the tussock moth can kill a mature douglas fir in just one season.
According to bug expert Lorraine MacLauchlan the moth has already been found in the Heffley Creek area just north of Kamloops and it was also found on other near-by properties. MacLauchlan says the outbreaks usually start in small pockets at low elevations before it spreads rapidly over a period of one to three years.
The entomologist noted the outbreak near Heffley Creek is being monitored for now, but she warns in addition to damaging douglas fir, the moth can also cause allergic reactions in people, horse and dogs.