caterpillars and ivy - Knowledgebase Question

Pineville, No
Question by norbymichell
April 24, 2010
Caterpillars have been eating some of my annuals. What should I do to protect the flowers? We also have ivy growing on two of our hardwood trees. It looks beautiful, but, will this damage them? Should we remove them, if so how?

Answer from NGA
April 24, 2010


Caterpillars can be controlled with a product such as Thuricide or Dipel. As lovely as ivy can be, it can pose a problem if allowed to grow up the trunks and branches of trees. Not only can the ivy hold too much moisture against the bark of the tree and cause rot, the ivy can act like a sail in the wind and actually pull trees down. The only way to remove the ivy is to cut it at ground level and pull it out of the trees. Good luck with your project!

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