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Ozona, Texas
CherylMor33
Mar 5, 2018 4:28 PM CST
In preparing my soil for this year's vegetable garden, I have come across numerous grubs. I looked them up and see that they are European corn borers. I try to keep my garden organic so really don't want chemicals. But there seem to be a LOT of these buggers and I don't want to plant and lose them all. Any suggestions please??
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Mar 5, 2018 4:41 PM CST
Were they in the soil or in corn or other plant remains? If they were in the soil they may not be European corn borers. If there's any doubt perhaps you could post a picture?
Ozona, Texas
CherylMor33
Mar 5, 2018 6:14 PM CST
They were in the soil. I planted corn last year but did not finish removing all the old plants. Had a lot of sawdust in my cornhusks and not much corn.
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Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Mar 5, 2018 6:37 PM CST
I think that's a cutworm. Are they all curled up like that?
Ozona, Texas
CherylMor33
Mar 5, 2018 6:48 PM CST
Yes
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Mar 5, 2018 7:00 PM CST
Curling up like that is typical of cutworms but there are a lot of different ones and it's difficult to identify the specific caterpillar. There's an article from Texas about them here:

https://texasinsects.tamu.edu/...
Ozona, Texas
CherylMor33
Mar 5, 2018 7:06 PM CST
Thank you very much. I'm gong to contact our local agricultural agent now. Thank you once again!
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Mar 6, 2018 11:20 AM CST
Cheryl ! Howdy 😀
I agree, your picture is cutworms, they live in ground.
Now to take care of the corn borers, it's easy. When silks on corn appear, put one drop of vegetable oil on the silk ! That's all. Just ownce, is all it takes. 👍
Ta Ta 😎😎😎
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.

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