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Giant sack-like webs appearing in Georgia’s trees have many residents wondering whether they should call an exterminator or an exorcist.

No, Halloween didn’t come early this year, but the fall webworms certainly did!

Giant sack-like webs appearing in Georgia’s trees have many residents wondering whether they should call an exterminator or an exorcist. Luckily, neither are necessary, though they’re right to be alarmed—slightly.

The mild winter and drought in the Atlanta metro area has caused fall webworms to appear early and in greater quantities, Heather Kolich, the Forysth County agriculture agent, explained to WSBTV. The creepy webs are actually nests the worms build around themselves to protect them as they eat the leaves from the trees.

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Though she admits they’re unsightly, Kolich urges residents not to freak out. Unless your tree is small or very old, it won’t be harmed.

 

 

"Many of the callers we have are concerned that the worms are actually killing the tree, but they are not," Kolich said told WSBTV. "They are nearing the end of the feeding period. They will soon climb down the trees. The nests will become brittle and will more easily be blown or washed down."

If you’re really offended by them, Kolich suggests swatting them down with a rake. Otherwise leave them alone and let nature do its thing, and in the spring these curious little worms will emerge as moths.