Petunia Problems? How to Kill Budworms! // Garden Answer


hey guys how’s it going tonight I want to talk about bud worms earlier this summer my petunias had bud worms and I sprayed I thought I took care of the problem because they came back they looked gorgeous full of flower but I’m starting to notice the signs of bug worms again and I don’t know if this is a super common problem if you guys have dealt with it before or if it’s just regional I do know that before we moved into our new house we only lived about a mile and a half that direction and I never had them before we also put petunias in our downtown city pots every single year which is about a mile and a half in the other direction and I’ve never had them before so I thought I would take this opportunity to share with you how to get rid of them first of all the bud worm is just a larva of a moth so it’s a caterpillar that can be anywhere from a sixteenth to an inch when they’re just hatched all the way up to two inches and they range in like color from a light green to I see one I see one right here here’s one right there so yeah that’s what they look like and there’s three really easy ways to tell if your petunias have bud worms first of all you’ll notice holes all over in the flowers they like to eat their way into the bud and then they eat their way back out and oftentimes when the bud tries to open it’ll either open up like kind of malformed or really irregularly shaped or you’ll just see round holes through the flowers the second thing is you might see them like I just did you might find them and if you do pick them off and kill them the third thing is little black specks you’ll see those on the leaves and those are the caterpillars droppings the easiest way to get rid of them is to spray them and this is what I’m using this is called thorough sight concentrate and it has BT as an active ingredient and BT is back sillas thuringiensis I think I’m pronouncing that correctly it’s effective on caterpillars but will not hurt honeybees which is awesome I really like using that it also comes in a dust form Dipel dust but I am NOT a fan of using that one as much because you have to get everywhere on your plant and it just kind of looks messy so to use it you mix it up according to the mixing directions on the label in your pump sprayer and then you want to thoroughly wet the plant down and wet the soil around it and you want to do that once a week for maybe two to three weeks to get on top of all the population of bud worms the other thing you want to do is check them I have been going through and checking my plants every day and if I find bug worms I take them off and I squish them that’s very effective as well but they are hard to spot so spraying them is a good idea so if you have dealt with bud worms in the past or are dealing with them for the first time like I am this year now you know what sprite to get and how to take care of them so don’t let bud worms keep you from growing pretty petunias in the garden it’s totally worth the extra work thank you guys so much for watching and we will see you in the next video bye

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