Vicious little rascals!!!

Discussion in 'Garden Tips And Talk' started by ladyfish50, Jun 29, 2008.

  1. ladyfish50

    ladyfish50 New Member

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    I walked around checking on my tomato & pepper plants yesterday, & suddenly noticed some stripped leaves!! Got to looking closer, & there were quite a few stripped stems!! Yep, tomato cutworms, or hornworms, or whatever you wanna call em! I picked about 9 off. Went out this morning & looked; didn't see any, but that doesn't mean they won't be coming back.
     
  2. Cheryl

    Cheryl Well-Known Member

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  3. Dreadnaught

    Dreadnaught New Member

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    They also make great channel cat bait!!!
     
  4. Netmanjack

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    I hate to find the little suckers. Seven Dust to the rescue!
     
  5. 223reload

    223reload New Member

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    Jack,sevin is too mild for ,I squash em under a #9:wink:sorry PETA :smile2:
     
  6. ladyfish50

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    Yep, that's what I did!! Ssssmmmaaassshhhh!!!!
    I did wonder about using them as bait, but I wasn't sure if they'd sting with that little "horn"!
    And no, I didn't realize that's what they turned into, Cheryl. Someone had once told me they thought they turned into Luna Moths. Thanks for posting that link. I'm gonna go back & look into it!
     
  7. ozzy

    ozzy New Member

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    In certain market you get high dollar for them. :eek:oooh:
     
  8. Phil Washburn

    Phil Washburn New Member

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    sevin 5 is too weak, but sevin 10 will do the job....we have it here at lowe's
     
  9. ladyfish50

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    I picked 3 more of those little varmints off today; guess I'm gonna have to break down & spray or dust 'em!:angry:
     
  10. Dreadnaught

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    You can put them in a freezer bag with distilled water. Channels love'm!!!
     
  11. Katfish Kern

    Katfish Kern New Member

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    Those worms are relentless...stomp them, or put them on a hook.
     
  12. Katfish Kern

    Katfish Kern New Member

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    How much water do you put in the bag....And how do the worms hold up on a hook after being frozen?
     
  13. JAinSC

    JAinSC Active Member

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    Dreadnaught New Member

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    Just enough to wet them good. This makes them stay fresher (Distilled Water) and retain their color!!! For some reason regular tap water will make them mushy and lose their color..
     
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  16. Cheryl

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    Seems as with most everything, there are more than one species.

    http://www.ext.colostate.edu/Pubs/insect/05517.html From the article:

    I have seen different ones, but the ones I think of resemble the hummingbird.

    I kill the hornworms, too. But we really can't blame them for liking the plants. :wink:

    Hope that helps! Take care. Cheryl
     
  17. Cheryl

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    OK, I'm getting confused. Y'all sort it out, after checking this link out:

    http://www.birds-n-garden.com/hummingbird_moths.html

    You can click on the pictures of each moth and it will show the larva........supposedly........perhaps the internet is much like the newspaper, we shouldn't believe everything we read? Heck I don't know........now can someone straighten me out? I'm going to go do some research on napology........for about 6 hours.......:smile2:

    See y'all tomorrow!
     
  18. ladyfish50

    ladyfish50 New Member

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    OK; so everybody's right!:wink::smile2:
     
  19. JAinSC

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    I just learned something! (Maybe this dog's not too old quite yet?)

    OK, so there are lots of types of hornworms and they grow up to be hawk moths or "hummingbird moths," as I used to call them.

    Personally, I think the moths of the tomato and tobacco hornworms look less hummingbirdy and more hawkish...

    I also learned (at least I'm pretty sure from the pictures and something I read in there) that the hornworms on my tomato and pepper plants are actually tobacco hornworms!
     
  20. Bill in SC

    Bill in SC New Member

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    They are indeed tobacco hornworms. Just pulled some off my brother's tomatoes Saturday.
    BB in SC