Depending on where you live you might be seeing these stringy things scattered around your yard, stuck in your dog’s hair and covering your floors and furniture.
Every Spring we get these stringy things in our yard and they make a huge mess and clog the drain on the patio.
There’s actually a technical name for these stringy things and they’re called catkins and if you have an oak tree nearby you probably have them.
Oak trees don’t just drop acorns in the fall, they also produce long catkins that hang from the ends of their branches in the spring.
If your tree is shedding stringy stuff in spring, it’s probably because it’s engaging in its annual flowering where the male catkins let loose pounds of yellow pollen and then fall from the tree as new leaves push them out.
Other oaks produce catkins, but live oaks produce impressive batches of hanging blooms.
We don’t have an oak tree in our yard but our neighbors have a few of them so every spring the dogs have them hanging from their mouths, tails, and undercarriage.
If they are stuck on them then they track them through the house on my carpet, in my vents, in my bed and just about anywhere they go.
They kind of remind me of worms.
I also do my best to try and keep up with them but one windy day is all it takes for them to be everywhere again.
They’re like velcro as soon as they touch the dog’s body
The good news is that they’ll only last for a few weeks, the bad news is that they can be awful for allergy suffers.
If you these stringy things all over your house, don’t worry. Many of us with dogs and oak trees do too.
How to remove catkins from your dog’s hair
The best way to remove catkins from your dog’s hair is with a dog comb or a dog brush.
Keeping your yard raked and your patio swept will also help cut down on these stringy things being all over your house.