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Black Woolly Catapillars

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Joined: 2010-04-24

I'm having a problem with black fuzzy catapillars eating everything in my garden. I am organic so short of picking them up and tossing them, I don't know what to do. Is there anything I can spray or put out that will kill them or make them leave? I really don't care to use anything toxic. Any advice?

Joined: 2009-08-07
Organic aproach.

You could try Neem Oil (oil from neem trees native to India) which both kills insects and helps repel them, or you could use Pyganic (insecticide from chrysanthemums).

Joined: 2010-05-17
Another approach

Whenever I get any type of pest on garden plants, I gather as many of the critters as I can and put them in an old mayonnaise jar with a lid. Crush the critters and then cover them with water, put the lid on and let them sit over night or longer. In the morning, strain the critters out and load the "juice" into a spray bottle. Use this juice to spray the plants that the critters came from. It seems the pesky things don't like the smell of their own dead, so they leave. I've only ever had to use this on my tomato plants, so not 100% sure it works for all pests, but it sure took care of the bugs I had on my tomatoes!

Joined: 2009-08-07
Grasshoppers eat their own dead!

So don't try this with the grasshoppers!

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