Beware of Hairy Bugs at Disney World – SERIOUSLY.


Florida, how are you? !


Not really. The flood, we could take care of it. We also survived the unbearable heat. But you can’t be serious – first parachute spiders. And now, hairy, poisonous caterpillars? !

YUP, we wish we were joking. But, according to Fox 35these are very real and very painful.

© Fox 35

No, it’s not a small wig. It’s a poisonous caterpillar. They are usually an inch long, found near oaks and citrus trees, and are active in fall and spring. And these hairs hide spines that are attached to poison glands – and yes, they will prick you with them. Here’s what to do if you get stung:

  • Place clear tape over the area that was pricked
  • Remove the tape to remove the thorns
  • Repeat with a clean piece of tape until the spines are completely removed (do not use the same piece of tape twice)
  • Apply ice packs
  • Mix baking soda and water and apply to the affected area
©Florida Fish & Wildlife Foundation

Oh, and according to the Florida Fish & Wildlife Foundation, it’s one of the most venomous in the country, so stay safe! And if you’re visiting Disney World, don’t touch the hairy bugs (good advice, honestly).

For happier news, check out Fantasmic’s huge update! in Hollywood studios. Or, if you’re looking to stay on the bug side, check out the parachute spiders heading to Florida. And, as always, stay tuned to AllEars for the latest Disney news!

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