The Q&A Archives: Bugs and worms in the garden

Question: I have been seeing worms in my garden lately. Something ate two of my tomato plants and some of my squash have holes in the leaves. Should I put a dust on them such as Sevin?

Answer: I think tomato hornworms are the problem with your tomatoes. They are voracious feeders and can level a tomato plant in just hours. Bt (sold as Dipel) will take care of them in a hurry. It will also work on other worms/caterpillars. I'd reserve the Sevin for some other time. Sevin kills all insects, including bees and wasps, and you need those for pollination of the flowers. Bt won't harm other insects.

Best wishes with your garden!

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