CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV)- As Spring slowly begins to heat up into full swing many Charlotte residents have taken to the outdoors, only to find that many of their neighborhood trees are crawling with thousands of little worms.
Those would be cankerworms, an annual dread for many residents across the city.
"When we come outside, you can't be anywhere underneath the trees" says Kathleen Owen. "Worms are on everything."
The Owen family says their East Charlotte property is practically over-run. And they're worried about their willow oak trees, even though they banded.
"It's a major problem" says Tim Owen. "We need some help with this. The bands obviously cannot stop these worms by themselves so we need some help."
His wife Kathleen says "it's just unpleasant and it's so bad here."
The worms hatch every spring in tree tops across the city.