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Old July 13, 2017   #31
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I haven't seen any so far, knock on wood. But here is one from last year , post 37.
http://www.tomatoville.com/showthrea...Peppers&page=3

That's when I discovered the evil things hiss, yuk.
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Old July 15, 2017   #32
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I have PARASITES!!!! finally. I found a medium sized hormworm on one of my pepper plants today, loaded with wasp eggs! I cut the branch off and put it on the patio table next to the tomatoes.
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Old July 15, 2017   #33
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I have PARASITES!!!! finally. I found a medium sized hormworm on one of my pepper plants today, loaded with wasp eggs! I cut the branch off and put it on the patio table next to the tomatoes.
Those are the cocoons, not the eggs. So you're even closer to having the next generation of wasps out there helping you out!
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Old July 15, 2017   #34
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cocoons are even better...

Now if I can stop the beagle from stealing the green tomatoes because he thinks they are tennis balls...
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Old March 7, 2018   #35
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I'm in a suburb near Chicago and had my worst year ever with hornworms. I probably had close to 40, maybe even more. I have a plot that I rent on a farm, and there are no tobacco plants nearby. I was constantly hunting and picking them off. I think 2016 was the first time we had them. I'm hoping because this winter was slightly colder it will kill some of them off. At least I feel more prepared now in terms of what to look for to limit the damage.
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Old March 7, 2018   #36
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I'm in a suburb near Chicago and had my worst year ever with hornworms. I probably had close to 40, maybe even more. I have a plot that I rent on a farm, and there are no tobacco plants nearby. I was constantly hunting and picking them off. I think 2016 was the first time we had them. I'm hoping because this winter was slightly colder it will kill some of them off. At least I feel more prepared now in terms of what to look for to limit the damage.
Spraying bT is the option I choose in dealing with these. Works like a charm. For those unfamiliar with it, bT is bacillus Thuringiensis. It is a naturally occurring bacterium in the soil and used for biological control of all kinds of worm-like critters, from hornworms and cabbage loopers to webworms, etc. There is also a variation to deal specifically with Colorado Potato Beetles (bT var. san diego).

It is non-toxic to humans. I know about when hornworms show up, start watching for them and start a bi-weekly spray schedule when the first one shows up. When that first diamondback moth (white with two black dots on the wings) starts fluttering over the cole crops, I start a preventative spray on them too for cabbage loopers.

You can usually find it in the big box stores or local feed & seed in a liquid concentrate under the commercial names of DiPel or Thuricide. I've also seen a dust under the name WormWhipper. Just check the ingredients and make sure bT is the active ingredient.

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http://pmep.cce.cornell.edu/profiles...an/bt-ext.html
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Thanks for all this great info!
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