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Liberians Flee Caterpillar Invasion
All Africa ^ | 23 JUNE 2014 | JENNIFER LAZUTA

Posted on 07/01/2014 12:07:04 AM PDT by nickcarraway

Thousands of people have fled their homes in northern Liberia following an invasion of caterpillars - which have overtaken houses and schools, destroyed crops and contaminated water sources. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says these attacks are becoming more frequent in Liberia and the government needs to put in place an early warning system to stop the invasions from reaching such catastrophic levels.

Residents of at least 25 villages and towns in the forested areas of Lofa and Gbarpolu counties have been fleeing en masse since early June to escape the trail of excrement that the caterpillars leave behind.

"We are afraid. You see here, the caterpillars are all over and there is nowhere to sleep. I am leaving with my children to a different community," explained Mary Tolbert who lives in Gbarpolu County.

Jeremiah Toe, a nurse in one of the affected villages, says the caterpillars pose a serious public health problem.

A local plague

"The situation is alarming. We have informed the Ministry of Health," he said. "As you can see, the caterpillars are taking over the homes of residents. They have polluted the creeks... Even our clinic has been attacked by the caterpillars."

Residents and local authorities say the caterpillars have also taken over classrooms, forcing many schools in the area to shut down. Fresh water sources have become so contaminated with caterpillar feces that they are no longer safe to drink from. Farmers say some of their crops have been destroyed.

This is not the first time caterpillars have attacked the region. A 2009 invasion caused the government to declare a state of emergency. Smaller invasions were seen in 2011 and 2012.

Early warning systems

Past attacks have been controled through the spraying of pesticides. While the pesticides are said to be safe for both humans and crops, experts say there is a better way.

Winfred Hammond, a senior entomologist at the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, has helped with containment efforts on previous outbreaks.

"The biggest concern is the fact that this is becoming a regular occurrence... It's about time we seriously consider putting in place early warning systems and look at how we can contain or check this problem from becoming a big national concern. To prevent it as we've seen, you need to have a good surveillance system in place

Hammond says the caterpillars have not yet been identified but are believed to come from a species of moth known as Achaea catocaloides, which is occasionally found in smaller numbers in Guinea, Benin, Ivory Coast and a few other West and East African countries. He says it is still not known why the caterpillars favor this particular region of Liberia or why the invasions are becoming more frequent.

Liberian authorities, after weeks of "monitoring" the situation, say they have finally begun spraying pesticides. They have reached five of the affected communities and plan to continue spraying throughout the week.


TOPICS: Outdoors; Pets/Animals; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: caterpillars; liberia; unitednations

1 posted on 07/01/2014 12:07:05 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

To their credit, they’re not blaming “climate change”. But doing nothing for five weeks after they recognized the problem doesn’t seem like an optimal strategy.


2 posted on 07/01/2014 12:17:16 AM PDT by AZLiberty (No tag today.)
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To: nickcarraway

So now they are afeard of heavy equipment?

Welcome to modernity...
/s


3 posted on 07/01/2014 12:17:26 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: nickcarraway

Dont they have chickens over there? Good grief, Chickens would have that mess cleaned up in no time.


4 posted on 07/01/2014 12:19:16 AM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: nickcarraway

Are they D9s? Who’s driving them?


5 posted on 07/01/2014 12:20:30 AM PDT by AlmaKing
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To: Vendome

I was thinking, another large U.S. corporation oppressing the third world.


6 posted on 07/01/2014 12:32:23 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Just wait until John Deere attacks....


7 posted on 07/01/2014 12:44:32 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: nickcarraway

8 posted on 07/01/2014 12:51:27 AM PDT by kingattax (a real American would rather die on his feet than live on his knees.)
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To: Vendome

“Liberians flee Caterpillar Invasion”

One has to adapt in this world of on-line books and tablet readers.


9 posted on 07/01/2014 12:55:57 AM PDT by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: Nailbiter

I read this as Librarians flee caterpillars, I must be tired- as I could not determine why librarians would be fleeing caterpillars off either kind —


10 posted on 07/01/2014 12:57:28 AM PDT by Nailbiter
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To: nickcarraway

There’s a Rachel Corrie joke in there somewhere.


11 posted on 07/01/2014 12:58:14 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: nickcarraway

12 posted on 07/01/2014 1:19:08 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: nickcarraway

Watchin Wolverine 2013.

Wish I was that bad azz and built.


13 posted on 07/01/2014 1:20:11 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Nailbiter

I thought it was Libertarians Flee Caterpillar Invasion.


14 posted on 07/01/2014 3:00:08 AM PDT by Tax-chick (I don't feel obligated to provide you with a non-boring gun.)
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To: Tax-chick; Nailbiter

I thought it read lesbians.


15 posted on 07/01/2014 5:22:46 AM PDT by Oratam
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To: Oratam; Nailbiter

Do we all need new glasses, more coffee, to clean our monitor screens?


16 posted on 07/01/2014 5:24:32 AM PDT by Tax-chick (I don't feel obligated to provide you with a non-boring gun.)
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To: Tax-chick
I thought it was Libertarians Flee Caterpillar Invasion.

Funny! I thought it was Liberals Flee Caterpillar Invasion.

It made think of St. Pancake, a.k.a. Rachel Corrie.


17 posted on 07/01/2014 5:32:26 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: dfwgator; Constitution Day
There’s a Rachel Corrie joke in there somewhere.

Post 17.

18 posted on 07/01/2014 5:33:24 AM PDT by Tax-chick (I don't feel obligated to provide you with a non-boring gun.)
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To: Tax-chick

In my case, I think it’s a sort of Rorschach test. I expect to see lesbians (being victimized, of course) in the news every day.


19 posted on 07/01/2014 5:41:51 AM PDT by Oratam
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To: Oratam

There could be a tv series in that.

Lesbians flee caterpillar invasion, Lesbians fear Ebola outbreak, Lesbians traumatized by earthquake ...


20 posted on 07/01/2014 5:48:25 AM PDT by Tax-chick (I don't feel obligated to provide you with a non-boring gun.)
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To: dfwgator
There’s a Rachel Corrie joke in there somewhere.

Ask and you shall receive.


21 posted on 07/01/2014 5:54:38 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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To: Tax-chick; Oratam

Lesbians, libertarians and librarians flee caterpillar invasion, women and children
hardest hit 0 calls for UN resolution and Congress to anything something to stop the horror. News at the top of the hour.

Now for latest in sports and weather here is bimbo with the latest , celebrity news and gossip as the world burns and ends, off to you Wendy for the latest, but first the traffic report.

But wait we have this breaking news report from The White Hut-0 is announcing that there will be all out war on Caterpillar or caterpillars, I will be signing an EO today - we can not have rogue D9’s or caterpillars striking fear into the hearts of Rachel’s followers.

time for another adult beverage as I am no longer needing to clean my glasses, and I need to stop drinking coffee so I can sleep


22 posted on 07/01/2014 6:15:49 AM PDT by Nailbiter
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To: nickcarraway
Dutch elm disease

Gypsy moths

Tent worms

Emerald ash borer

Zebra mussels

Asian carp

Gobies

Here in Michigan,


23 posted on 07/01/2014 6:26:51 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (By now, everyone should know that you shoot a zombie in the head. Don't try to reason with them...)
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To: nickcarraway; GeronL; Slings and Arrows
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24 posted on 07/01/2014 8:54:47 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: nickcarraway; GeronL; Slings and Arrows
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25 posted on 07/01/2014 8:55:23 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: a fool in paradise

Just wait until they turn into giant butterflies.....

I give you Mothra!


26 posted on 07/01/2014 8:58:16 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Arrowhead1952; dfwgator; Tax-chick; Constitution Day; a fool in paradise
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27 posted on 07/01/2014 1:48:31 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: GeronL
I give you Mothra!

Where will I put it?

28 posted on 07/01/2014 3:15:19 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: a fool in paradise

I don’t know, but you might want to check out the local leash laws.


29 posted on 07/01/2014 3:46:46 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Thanks Slings. I figured if you would read this thread, that pic would show up. LOL.


30 posted on 07/01/2014 7:44:06 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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To: Arrowhead1952

Reliable, I am.


31 posted on 07/01/2014 8:51:05 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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