tomato pest - Knowledgebase Question

Gulf Breeze, Fl
Question by grweidler
May 17, 2009
looking for safe way to control hormworms on my tomato plants. We raise butterflies (giant swallow tail, monarch, black swallow tail, gulf frittralry) so naturally we do not want to hurt us or our precious butterflies.


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Answer from NGA
May 17, 2009

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In your garden, the only safe way of controlling hornworms is hand picking them. The usual recommendation is Bt (bacillus thuringensis) which targets only caterpillars. Since you don't want to apply something to your plants that might kill butterfly caterpillars, your best option is to handpick the hornworms so the butterfly caterpillars will be safe.

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