On May 24, 2009, Pottersfields from Morehead, KY wrote:
I'm surprised not to find more posts on this critter.
Is there any viable solution to ridding oneself from these pests? Currently I use the daily hunt method of picking them off and searching the underside of plant leaves for eggs. I've used Seven and wood ashes, without any meaningful results.? Any suggestions?
Thanks.:) Happy gardening.
I see this subject hasn't had any comments for some time but thought I would add my words anyway. We have an infestation of these things in central KY this year & they are bad. They have pretty much destroyed our potato vines & now have moved on to the tomato plants & tomatoes themselves. Yesterday I found them on some of the pepper plants. Rotenone & Seven won't touch them. I'm going to try the amonia that was suggested in the last post.
On Jun 10, 2011, ratlover1 from Rising Sun, IN wrote:
First year I've seen these guys. Hand picked them off my tomatoes, and squashed or scraped off all the eggs I could find. Apparently I missed a few clutches since last night I discovered a couple dozen larvae happily munching away. Hand picked them (yik!). I then sprayed w/ insecticidal soap. Don't know if that will help or not, hopefully I got them all anyway. Very destructive but if caught early enough plants seem to recover fine.