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Act quickly if you see bagworms in trees

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Bagworms create silk bags filled with tiny caterpillars. (KTEN) Bagworms create silk bags filled with tiny caterpillars. (KTEN)

GRAYSON COUNTY, Texas -- It's bagworm season in Texoma. These pesky caterpillars are mostly active at night.

Cooke County AgriLife Extension agent Marty Morgan said bagworms find a leaf on pecan or evergreen trees and lay their eggs. If you don't act quickly, you might not be able to get rid of them.

Cecil Crabtree's family has been in the pecan business since the 1950s, so they have decades of experience dealing with the problem.

Crabtree said bagworms hatch their eggs underneath the leaves, and the best way to get rid of them is to get under the leaves and spray.

"We like to spray them leaves from underneath and blow our spray up," he said.

If you aren't able to spray the affected areas, Crabtree said the next best thing is to get physical.

"If you'll take you a stick and open that bagworm up, other insects consume those worms," he said.

What if you can't get near the bagworm? "Just reach up and clip the leaf and bagworm out before the bagworm gets big," Crabtree advised.

If you have a bagworm problem that appears to be out of hand, call your county extension agent in Texas or in Oklahoma and they'll do what they can to help.

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