Orange Bugs - Knowledgebase Question

Punta Gorda, Fl
Question by mjc1030
September 30, 2009
I have a plant that was in my garden when we purchased our home and I don't know it's name. Last year at this time we had no problems - right now I found several bright orange insects that looks like caterpillars eating the leaves. What should I do to get rid of them.

Thanks, MJ

Answer from NGA
September 30, 2009


Caterpillars can be controlled with applications of Bt (sold as Dipel or Thuricide). It targets only caterpillars. But before applying anything, make sure the pests are actually caterpillars and are actually destructive to your plant. Lady bug larvae are red and black and are shaped like little alligators. Don't kill them off, they're beneficial in the garden!

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