worms on ears of sweet corn - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Anna Kunz
Nashua, NH
Question by amkpal
July 11, 2005
What can I use to prevent the infestation of worms on the tassel end of the ears of sweet corn? The ears are beautifully formed but on the end of most there was a small worm.

Answer from NGA
July 11, 2005


I think you may have a corn ear worm problem. Apart from nipping off the damaged end, you can try to prevent the pest from entering the corn by applying a bit of mineral oil to the tassel early on. Here is more information about corn ear worms -- inlcuding a photo to make sure that is what it is -- you may find helpful.


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