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Home Remedies to get rid of Blanket Worm/ Kambli Poochi


In India, the Lymantria dispar Linnaeus which is commonly known as the kambli hula/poochi/keeda or blanket worm is a common insect which is found crawling up the walls of your home. Experts suggest that due to the damp weather during the monsoon season the kambli poochi is widely seen. It thrives on damp walls and consumes small insects along its way.

The terrifying aspect about this hairy caterpillar is its hair which causes pain on contact. It gives you an itchy feeling when touched on to your skin. Contact with this hairy caterpillar can even lead to dermatitis among more sensitive people.

It is best to get rid of this dangerous garden caterpillar before it begins to multiply in large number. Read on this article till the end to get to know some of the best home remedies you can use to get rid of the kambli poochi or the blanket worm. Let’s take a look!

1. Torching

This is one of the famous home remedies to get rid of hairy caterpillars. With the help of a coconut broom, you can carefully sweep away the caterpillars from the wall. Then collect them together in a corner and torch them.

2. Vinegar

To get rid of these hairy caterpillars, spraying undiluted white vinegar on the caterpillars will help to kill these pests. The acid which is present in the vinegar will kill these insects immediately. This trick will also help in keeping them at bay.

3. Soap Water

One of the best ways to get rid of these pests is spraying them with soap water. The chances of these hairy caterpillars increasing in number over a short period of time are high if you have a garden in your home. Hence to avoid that, use a garden hose, spray the outdoor walls and then throw buckets of soap water on the walls. These insects will die immediately.

4. Garlic concentration

One of the best home remedies to get rid of these hairy caterpillars in your home is by using garlic water. You need to mix 50:50 portions of water and garlic in a bucket of warm water and spray it on the infected walls. You will soon start to see the caterpillars falling off the walls, shriveling up and dying.

5. Cactus

The kambli poochi cannot withstand the smell of the cactus milk. The milk which is present in cactus can be used to kill them. Cut a cactus and spray the milk on the walls when you see one or two of them on the outside wall of your home.

6. Pepper

Make a mixture out of the following ingredients mixed with water and use it on the kambli poochi to repel them. You need to use this home remedy before they multiple as it can be quite a challenge to kill them.

7. Ginseng

Bitter herbal spray can be used to keep these hairy caterpillars at bay. Make a spray out of ginseng and sugar and use it as a repellent for your home. Ginseng is bitter in nature therefore helping to kill these hairy caterpillars.

8. Types of Plants

The kambli poochi cannot stand the smell of onion plant and this keeps them away from your home. Therefore one of the best plants to grow during the monsoon season is onions. If you have certain types of plants in your garden which is acidic in nature these hairy caterpillars will not feel welcomed in your home.