Habenero Peppers - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by jwdawg56
March 24, 2010
Every year some kind of insect burrows holes into my peppers and ruins a good many. What is this bug? Thanks.

Answer from NGA
March 24, 2010


What you describe can be one of several worms that infest pepper plants. These include the pepper hornworm, the tobacco hornworm, the beet armyworm, corn earworm, fruit worm and the pepper maggot. These bore into the pepper and eat from the inside out. Regardless of the type of worm, they can all be controlled with a product called BT. BT (Bacillus Thuringiensis), is sold under the brand names Green Step, Dipel or Thuricide. It is a dust that is non-toxic to humans and beneficials but highly effective against caterpillars. Be sure to apply according to label directions.

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