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For precaution reasons the City of Luxembourg decided to temporarily close the “Bambësch” children’s playground due to the presence of oak processionaries (“Eichenprozessionsspinner”).
If the oak processionaries can damage the trees by completely gnawing the foliage, the risks to health and hygiene for humans can not be neglected. Indeed, the caterpillars have many hollow hairs with barbs which are dispersed over long distances by air flows, especially in hot and dry weather, and which can penetrate the skin of humans or animals, causing inflammation and/or skin itching.
Visitors are advised to stay far from the trees in question and not to touch the caterpillar nests, the caterpillars themselves, the moults or trees concerned. The nesting of caterpillars on the trees will be removed in the short term by a specialized company.
Further information can be obtained by contacting the Natural Heritage Department of the municipality at 4796-2565.
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