Puss caterpillars lose their cuteness after you’ve been pricked11/11/2016They appear to be adorable and cuddly!Your child would love to pet it and probably save it as a pet!Prevent them from petting these adorable, cuddly and innocent looking caterpillars. If you do not, you will unhappy you didn’t. CAUTION! Puss Caterpillars are highly hazardous So be very careful when you step outside your home. Watch for harmless looking caterpillars that are putting people in the ER in record numbers. The critters are named puss caterpillars (Megalopyge opercularis), and commonly known as asps. You’ll not want to come across these tiny critters. They have a extremely nasty sting that will leave an unmistakable impression on your skin. The sting is only the start because a run-in with this pest can bring an awfully excruciating healing. Pain by a Puss Caterpillar (asps) is worse than a scorpion sting! Puss caterpillars choose to sheltered in plants, trees and even inside your home. If a puss caterpillar touches you it will resemble a hot frying pan across your skin. OUCH! These caterpillars possess hollow backbones that are chock-full of venom. As noted previously there have been several severe incidents that have been sent to the emergency room. So please keep your kids away from this pest! If they desire a pet, a goldfish sounds like a better choice. Puss Caterpillar Sting SymptomsSwellingRednessPainBurning sensationShort of breatheVomitingMuscle contractionsConvulsionsReduction in blood pressureBlood can’t clotPuss Caterpillar’s like the south Puss caterpillars are typically seen in the Southern United States; and are particularly prevalent in Florida and Texas. You could come across these pests further south if you journey to Mexico and South America. Invasion of Asps in Texas It is typical to come across Puss caterpillars in Central Texas. And if you find that your landscape and lawn are being infested by these misleading little critters please proceed with vigilance or better yet reach out to Bulwark Exterminating. We have years of experience attending to numerous types of critters. You won’t be regretful you did and who knows it could spare you a trip to the ER.