It is not always easy to see the trail they leave, but it is more than likely that we will be alert to the presence of caterpillars in our garden due to the damage they produce.
The caterpillar pests are a major problem for those owners hortofrutícolas spaces, like moths and butterflies, in its caterpillar stage, some eaters are full of leaves.
Here you will learn what exactly the caterpillar is and how you can eliminate or prevent it from your garden or garden.
An early devouring
There are many species of caterpillar that we can find in plants, from the caterpillar or tomato moth, the caterpillar of the cabbage or the beast. In any case, they all have something in common: they are winged insects, usually butterflies and moths, at an even very early stage.
Therefore, in their form, they are like a species of the worm of striking colors and of medium size that roams the stems and leaves of the plants feeding on them. They can cause serious damage that goes through the complete defoliation of the plant.
Although it depends on the species, in general, the caterpillars act at night and can attack numerous plants such as tomato plants, pepper plants, eggplants and, of course, broadleaf plants such as cabbage or lettuce.
The best treatments against caterpillars
Caterpillars cause numerous damage to our plants and in some cases, they can weaken them so much that the process concludes with their death.
That is why it is essential to act in prevention by taking care of our plants, preventing them from becoming an easy target where moths and butterflies want to lay their eggs.
In addition, if they appear, it is best to act in time to prevent the infestation is very serious and there is no choice but to start the plant to prevent it from infesting new ones.
Here are some remedies to eliminate the presence of caterpillars in your plants:
- First of all, we recommend that you check and inspect your plants frequently. This will serve to realize the presence of the plague on time. Remember that these types of insects are sheltered on the underside of the leaves and stems, so you should look for their trail there. One way to identify their presence is to look for feces or see the bitten leaves.
- As for all types of pests, for the caterpillar, you can also find insecticide products or specialized in the elimination of caterpillars, but these chemicals are sometimes toxic to the plants that house these insects and to the environment in which they are found.
- In any case, we recommend that you see the tracks you see manually. Although it seems like a heavy method, you make sure that the ones that are doing the damage at the moment disappear and you only have to work on the small larvae or eggs and, therefore, you are faced with a smaller pest. Of course, when removing them, use gloves, as some can cause itching or irritation on the skin. We recommend that you burn them, as well as the nests you can find, to prevent them from returning to the place where they came from.
- As for the subsequent treatment, you can use natural insecticides. Mix in sprayer water and soap from the dishes to sprinkle it through the affected areas of the plant, but without using too much product. Another natural insecticide is the infusion of tobacco, or what is the same, the solution of boiling the tobacco contained in a pack of cigarettes in water and using the liquid. Something similar you can do with garlic.
- Another natural remedy against pests that also acts against caterpillars is to plant aromatic plants around the garden since its smell acts as a natural repellent for numerous insects.
- On the other hand, there are traps with pheromones that also keep them at bay.
- If what you want is to perform some biological control treatment, we propose two options. First, remember that the natural predator of the caterpillar is the bird, so attracting them to your garden or garden is a good idea. Build nests or birdhouses and leave containers with water nearby so they want to stay in the area. On the other hand, the best-known treatment of this type is Bacillus Thuringensis, a product that you can find in any agro-garden or nursery shop.