The Q&A Archives: worms eating my cactus

Question: I have a cactus that has worms that are eating the pups off of it. There is only one pup left and it is turning black.What can I do?

Answer: Tom,

I apologize for this delayed reply to your gardening question and hope it is still helpful to you.

If it is a caterpillar you can spray a product containing the natural ingredient B.t. on it periodically or whenever you see the start of worm damage. If the pest is actually some other creature you need to have it identified by your local County Extension Office. Then they can prescribe an appropriate cure. Their contact info is:
Polk County Cooperative Extension Service
1702 Highway 17-98 South
Bartow, FL 33830
(863) 519-8677

Thanks for the question. Best wishes for a wonderful gardening year in 2007. Please stop in again soon!

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