cutworms - Knowledgebase Question

sacramento, CA
Question by mustangconvg
June 5, 2007
how can i get rid of cutworms in my petunias?


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Answer from NGA
June 5, 2007

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Cutworms can cause all kinds of problems in a garden so if you see any, pick them up and destroy them. You can protect new transplants by placing a cardboard collar around the stem of the plant. Just take an empty papertowel roll and cut it into 4 inch tall cylinders. Cut one side so you can open it to place around the stem, and sink the collar into the soil about an inch. The collar will prevent the cutworms from circling the stem and chewing through it. You can make scatter baits made of bran, molasses and BTK (Bacillus thuringiensis var. kurstaki) into the soil to kill the cutworms if collars aren't enough to protect your new plants.

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