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#1 Crispee-FL

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Posted 12 September 2017 - 05:01 PM

Peppers survived the storm, but may not survive my newest pest, the tomato hornworm! Any suggestions on an organic treatment, they seem to laugh at neem oil and are treating my plants and pods as free buffet. Thai pepper almost down to a few stems. They are not easy to spot as they are the same color as the leaves and stems.

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Posted 12 September 2017 - 05:12 PM

They are not easy to spot as they are the same color as the leaves and stems.

 

Blacklight flashlight, homie.  The little bastards love to feed at night and are all dayglo like a rave kid under blacklights.  You can do a quick sweep after it has been dark a few hours or a few hours before dawn and just pick them all off.



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Posted 12 September 2017 - 05:14 PM

Thanks slug!

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Posted 12 September 2017 - 06:26 PM

Thanks slug!

please take some pics of the massacre


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Posted 12 September 2017 - 07:18 PM

Yeah man, same shit with me...they just showed up like two weeks ago. I hadn't seen a single one before then.

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Posted 12 September 2017 - 07:27 PM

please take some pics of the massacre


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It's sad... so very very sad..... lol! I'll post some in the morning

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Posted 12 September 2017 - 09:03 PM

 
Blacklight flashlight, homie.  The little bastards love to feed at night and are all dayglo like a rave kid under blacklights.  You can do a quick sweep after it has been dark a few hours or a few hours before dawn and just pick them all off.



I learned that trick a couple years ago and it's easily the best way for me to deal with them. A quick stroll around the garden at night with a pair of scissors and the blacklight and they don't have a chance.

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 07:08 AM

please take some pics of the massacre


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Posted 13 September 2017 - 08:09 AM

Here you go Sinn attachicon.gifIMG_1207.JPG

Damn those little guys can sure eat I'll have to add a black light to my tools for next season just in case


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Posted 13 September 2017 - 09:06 AM

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pick off what you can find, but you tend to miss some.....and they keep coming; they can do a lot of damage on a short time

 

thuricide is great stuff, and they make this certified organic version as well......it is a bacteria that locks up their digestive system, they stop eating & starve.......i had horn worms the past few years, i sprayed this stuff before i went away on vacation (which is when they always came out).....after 2-3 years of treating the garden, i didn't get a one this year



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Posted 13 September 2017 - 09:10 AM

Every single one I have found this year I had to leave alone...

 

7 so far and they all looked like this or worse, one I found yesterday was sucked dry

 

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 03:30 PM

http://www.truevalue...567-49767717579
 
 
pick off what you can find, but you tend to miss some.....and they keep coming; they can do a lot of damage on a short time
 
thuricide is great stuff, and they make this certified organic version as well......it is a bacteria that locks up their digestive system, they stop eating & starve.......i had horn worms the past few years, i sprayed this stuff before i went away on vacation (which is when they always came out).....after 2-3 years of treating the garden, i didn't get a one this year


Thanks I just ordered some online

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 03:36 PM

Every single one I have found this year I had to leave alone...
 
7 so far and they all looked like this or worse, one I found yesterday was sucked dry

all the ones I found and ripped off the plants were healthy as can be, no parasitic eggs unfortunately. Beautiful photography btw!

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 05:54 PM

Thanks I just ordered some online

 

 

i have +/- 200 plants.....so i just mixed up a few batches in a spray bottle and doused my foliage by hand.....



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Posted 13 September 2017 - 07:21 PM

Every single one I have found this year I had to leave alone...
 
7 so far and they all looked like this or worse, one I found yesterday was sucked dry
 
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I'm new to growing care to explain why you couldn't kill it?


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Posted 13 September 2017 - 07:29 PM

Every single one I have found this year I had to leave alone...

 

7 so far and they all looked like this or worse, one I found yesterday was sucked dry

 

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Please apply napalm to that.....mother of magdelyn burn that thing now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :flamethrower: :deadhorse: :fire:
 


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Posted 14 September 2017 - 06:15 AM

I'm new to growing care to explain why you couldn't kill it?


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What you see on it are eggs from the wasp that is also on it. As the babies grow they eat it alive from the inside out. 


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Posted 14 September 2017 - 10:22 PM

What you see on it are eggs from the wasp that is also on it. As the babies grow they eat it alive from the inside out. 

Ouch so that suckers dead anyway


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Posted 19 September 2017 - 01:11 PM

Used to use a BB gun...fun at least.



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Posted 20 September 2017 - 05:17 PM

UPDATE: Thank you everyone for the suggestions the Thurocide worked like a charm. We even have new growth in a weeks time.
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