Pine processionary (Thaumetopoea pityocampa)
The pine processionary is a moth which at the larval stage feeds on the needles of different species of Pinus and Cedrus and is particularly damaging to forests.
The development cycle involves laying eggs on the needles in the spring; the larvae which hatch begin to feed on pine needles immediately. With the approach of winter, larvae build voluminous white silky nests in those parts of the foliage most exposed to the sun.
The larvae spend the winter inside these nests and in the spring of the following year the larvae are mature and, in procession, descend the trunk to bury themselves and undergo the metamorphosis to chrysalises in the soil. The metamorphosis to adult always takes place in the soil.
Apart from the phytosanitary problems caused by the species, it is necessary to focus on the medical interest, bearing in mind that the larvae cause severe skin irritation and accidental contact is the basis of significant dermatitis and anaphylactic reactions in people already sensitive to allergies.
Igiencontrol is able to support customers from the diagnostic phase to disinfestation and preventive action through specialised professionals.
At preventive level, Igiencontrol carries out endotherapy treatment, which limits the distribution of phytosanitary products in the air and has a wide degree of success.