Creeping across benches. Crawling over playground equipment. Dangling from silk threads like tiny ninjas. The western tussock moth caterpillar class of 2018 is out in force and its members have infiltrated some local neighborhoods at unprecedented levels.
In Mountain View, infestation causing extreme tree defoliation and skin rashes has warranted insecticide applications at several parks, according to Jakob Trconic, the city’s park section manager.