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East Pittsburgh, PA

September 2, 2013
7:20 AM

Post #9648408

These nasties are the culprits, what are they and how to get rid of them?

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Augusta, GA
(Zone 8a)

September 2, 2013
8:05 AM

Post #9648448

Looks like an army worm. Bt (Dipel or Thuricide) should work.
East Pittsburgh, PA

September 2, 2013
8:38 AM

Post #9648469

Would this be safe if I have been growing organically?


SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

September 2, 2013
12:55 PM

Post #9648720

Bt is on the safe list.

And, they aren't called "army' worms for no reason...where there's one, there are usually scores, so get on it in a hurry.

They can tear you up overnight...the faster you put some Bt in their guts, the better off your garden will be!


SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

September 3, 2013
7:30 AM

Post #9649457

The Bt needs to be sprayed on the LEAVES, top and bottom.

It works when the worms eat the leaves and the agent enters their digestive tract, so spray when there's little chance of immediate rain, so the Bt isn't washed off right away...


Charlotte, NC
(Zone 7b)

September 3, 2013
8:08 AM

Post #9649483

I just squish them - much faster!
Delhi, LA

September 9, 2013
10:36 PM

Post #9655762

Army worms is the right answer. Get after them quich or they will defoliate your plants. Squashing them might work, but the way they hit us down here is just be time consuming.

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