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Old June 20, 2017   #1
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Default Hookworm Help

OK fellow tomato-files do not beat me up too much. But after discovering my first hookworm my wife thought it was cute and we decided to sacrifice a plant in a 5 gallon bucket that was not producing. We sat the bucket on our patio and enjoyed watching the monster for a week or so... I assumed it would pupa in a cocoon hanging from a limb, but a few days ago it disappeared. I now have read they go underground. I want to find this thing before it moths off and lays 20 more eggs. Good news is I can see them so no huge worries.


Question: Logically he should have borrowed into the dirt in the 5 gallon bucket but I could not see a hole or disturbed soil. Does anyone know how far these will migrate from the plant, or should he be down in the bucket. I guess this weekend I will be transplanting to find out.
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No, you will not find a hole. It will cover it's tracks quite well. It will burrow down about 4" into the soil and make a chrysalis. Which is a brown hard shell around itself. It may or may not be in the pot. Good luck finding it.
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A hookworm is a mammal parasite including humans.
Nasty things.
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Is that not a Hornworm?
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It is a hornworm.
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Oh, and I'm not laughing. I think it would be fascinating to watch that but I don't have enough tomato plants to let that happen.
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Yes I meant hornworm. Sorry...
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I knew what you ment.
Sevin will kill them fast BT slower.

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Is there some foliage you could move them to? If you leave them alive they will attract parasitic wasps. The wasps will return every year and kill them before you can find them. Then no need for pesticide.


Btw, hookworm are much more dangerous than hornworm.
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Still thinking of that radiolab piece. Every time I hear hookworms it reminds me.

https://m.thisamericanlife.org/radio...amp-2010?act=3
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Another benefit to having no bare ground in my garden. These things cook on the plastic looking for somewhere to burrow or more often the birds get em.
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Is there some foliage you could move them to? If you leave them alive they will attract parasitic wasps. The wasps will return every year and kill them before you can find them. Then no need for pesticide.


Btw, hookworm are much more dangerous than hornworm.

Wasps get them here to, you will see white eggs laid all over them, when the eggs hatch the hornworm won't be around long.
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Is there some foliage you could move them to? If you leave them alive they will attract parasitic wasps. The wasps will return every year and kill them before you can find them. Then no need for pesticide.


Btw, hookworm are much more dangerous than hornworm.
That was actually what I was hoping for and that I would get more wasps but no such luck.
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Still thinking of that radiolab piece. Every time I hear hookworms it reminds me.

https://m.thisamericanlife.org/radio...amp-2010?act=3
I know. That radio show is now forever hooked to hookworm in my head.





Not that I have hookworm in my head .. Oh you know what I mean.
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The hornworm could also just be dead. Something may have eaten it. Parasitoids aren't their only enemies. Many birds enjoy hornworms, and if you have paper wasps in the area, they will take apart and cart off even very large hornworms.

I actually found a very well filmed YouTube video showing this, but honestly it's kind of gruesome, so I didn't post it.
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