October 22, 2007 at 10:19 pm #241207
My herb/vegie garden is being decimated by caterpillars.
Is this just a seasonal thing, because it’s spring?
Will they eventually clear off?
There seems to be quite a few different types too.
I am loath to spray them but they are really destroying my garden.
Any suggestions would be very much appreciated.
Thanks,October 22, 2007 at 10:32 pm #315774
I have noticed different kinds on my capscium and some of my herbs. I have sent them to bug heaven via boot and cement path, as I don’t want to spray either.
My basic mint became a ‘open lace’ plant with almost every scrap of the leaves eaten. I cut it back to the soil and will let it grow again. Something has been eating my baby rocket leaves and they aren’t even big enough yet to transplant. 🙁
I would love suggestions as well.October 22, 2007 at 11:06 pm #315775
I too have “caught” a couple of green caterpillar on my seedlings, so you are not alone, i just try to find them and squish them or feed them to the chooks. They are very sneaky creatures, they hide well look under leaves and along the stemsOctober 23, 2007 at 2:37 am #315776
Caterpillars are very active in spring. The larger ones, such as the larvae of the Cabbage Butterfly can easily be picked off (usually from Brassicas) and fed to the chooks (they love them). If you have to spray, use Dipel, which is a Bacterium that only affects caterpillars and is thus safe for bees and other beneficial insects.October 23, 2007 at 2:57 am #315777
I too have a catepillar infestation 🙁October 23, 2007 at 2:58 am #315778
I used to have silverbeet 🙁October 23, 2007 at 3:38 am #315779
I don’t have caterpillers:D……………i have ducks:tup:October 23, 2007 at 4:00 am #315780
I had a grape vine that was coming back from the dead and had about 7 good sized leaves growing on it… this mornign they’re all eaten off!! No idea what got them but it sure would have enjoyed itself. 🙁October 23, 2007 at 5:30 am #315781
I’ve had the same here eating all of my pak choy(that was ready for us to eat):(. They also attacked the spinache, the petunias, the ficus, my beans, rocket and wonbok……..:@ They demolished everything last season even the vines so I’ve reluctantly sprayed this time :|as i’m not feeding them this season.October 23, 2007 at 5:38 am #315782
who was it that said a year or so ago, they caught a few, squished them added some water and sprayed back on to the plants …..
Has anyone tried beer traps ?? Does this work for pillers ??October 23, 2007 at 6:19 am #315783
I’m also on the verge of spraying. Have decided that seeings I’m growing in pots I might have to go non-organic (spraying and using soluble fertilisers like Thrive). It may be the only way to keep everything growing in their pots. :pOctober 24, 2007 at 10:03 pm #315784
Oh no, seems my garden isn’t the only one suffering at the moment!
Thanks for all of your suggestions. That is an interesting one about spraying squished caterpillars back on the plants… might give it a try. However I am yet to be able to squish them myself, i just throw them on the road out front… Thanks also for that info about dipel.June 11, 2008 at 2:53 am #315785
Am bumping this thread cause they’re back!!
What did people try? What worked?June 11, 2008 at 7:15 am #315786
Try Dipel, it is considered organic and seems to work. Apply spray every week and continue to ‘hand-pick’ the ones you can see.June 14, 2008 at 6:58 am #315787
Plumtree’s right. Dipel only affects caterpillars – not the good insects in the garden. 🙂
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