Army of Insects that can Cause Breathing Problems and Contagious Viruses Attack Homes

The S in Queensland could be under attack from caterpillars, according to photos on social media.

Social media posts show a long procession of bugs crawling around Noosaville.

Some even appeared to be gathered at a front door.

Social media posts show a long procession of bugs crawling around Noosaville

Scientific Pest Management owner Brett Johnstone told the Sunshine Coast Daily based on the images he couldn’t confirm the insects were pine processionary caterpillars.

However he did say that if these animals were processionary caterpillars that ‘wet weather coupled with the heat and humidity may have sent them through another life cycle and drawn them out earlier’.

Processionary caterpillars, which turn into the bag-shelter moth, can be extremely harmful to wildlife.

If ingested they can cause miscarriages in mares, so people need to be wary of them around their properties.

Some live in the base of a wattle or gumtree while others crawl around front-to-end.

The toxins their hairs are covered in are also poisonous to dogs.

Humans can experience skin irritations such as itching, dermatisis and swelling from these insects, conjunctivitis and breathing problems.

These animals have poisonous hairs as their pattern of movement is noticeable to hungry birds and lizards, according to Australian Geographic.

Processionary caterpillars, which turn into the bag-shelter moth, can be extreme harmful to wildlife. For instance, they can cause miscarriages in mares