They may be cute, white and fluffy but doctors warn a caterpillar that is crawling around is not harmless.
The White Hickory Tussock Moth Caterpillar originally hails from Canada. The caterpillar has black spines that are packed with venom.
“There have been many reported cases. None of them fatal, but all strange, new and concerning,” Dr. Joseph Betz with MedExpress told WJAC.
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His unsuspecting young son touched one, and minutes later the boy broke out in a rash.
“They don’t mean to do it, but it is part of their defense mechanism against large predators, usually not toddlers,” Betz told WJAC.
The good news is the rash is temporary and can be treated at home with calamine lotion and ice.
The caterpillars should be disappearing soon, as they hibernate in their cocoons for winter.