Help! Our entire property (maybe this entire section of town) has been inundated with caterpillars. At first it seemed to be just the little green inchworm type, but now it appears to be several types of caterpillars. They are turning the branches of our mature oak trees to skeletons, eating crabapple and viburnum leaves, and have made our driveway and yard into an obstacle course of hanging webs. You can't enter the house without bringing several caterpillars in on one's clothing.
When I go out to the garden in my back yard, it sounds like it's raining. What's coming down looks like poppy seeds, but I assume it's either caterpillar droppings or the leftovers from their mad feast on the oak tree.
Anyone else having this experience? When will it end? What causes this terrible infestation? Right now I don't even want to be outside!