Answer: Budworm is difficult to control because they are hidden inside the bud and this protects them from sprays. They do overwinter in the soil. Sometimes you can find them early or late in the day as they crawl and hand pick them off, sometimes spraying with Bt will help. You might consider barerooting your plants and replanting them in fresh soil next year, this would at least save the plants. You may also want to discuss control recommendations with your local county extension, they will have the most up to date recommendations for what to use and how/when is best to apply it. Good luck, I know this is a tough one.
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