Webworms take over trees in NE Albuquerque neighborhood

Posted at: 08/27/2014 6:40 PM
Updated at: 08/27/2014 6:47 PM
By: Jorge Torres, KOB Eyewitness News 4

It's a sight that's been getting a lot of attention from some neighbors in northeast Albuquerque. 

"This was my concern. Letting people know so that the word will get out to the neighbors to do something," said Donald Boon, a resident of Albuquerque for more than 35 years.

He's referring to webworms - fall webworms to be precise. They tend to form a light-gray silken web over leaves at the tips of branches .

The worms feed inside the web. Boon noticed them while walking his dogs last week.

"I noticed that there was a tree in the neighborhood which had the whole top covered, and I thought 'boy that's going to destroy that tree,'" he said.

He's noticed they tend to spin their webs on mulberry and walnut trees and says they're nasty to look at.

The City of Albuquerque says that although the web looks like it's doing damage to the trees, the webworms are actually a non-issue from a tree-health perspective. They're just eating the leaves that have produced a lot of sugar. Those leaves will be gone in a month anyway, as fall approaches.

They haven't hit Boon's trees yet, but he says he's watching very closely.

There is no real easy way to get rid of the webworms, but since they're eating expendable leaves that will be gone soon anyway, the best advice is to not worry about them.