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The Best Way to Remove Caterpillars from Your Trees and Plants

We get many questions from worried readers who have seen caterpillars on trees or plants. For the most part, these creatures aren’t causing any real harm and can be left alone. However, some species can be quite destructive and should be removed for the health of the plant. Continue reading [...]

Want to Get Rid of Them? Just Make Them Uncomfortable.

We received a rather brief inquiry from a reader, with no accompanying picture. The question is: “How do you get rid of them in your home or yard?” Amazingly enough we can answer this question even though we don’t know what critter she’s asking about. In almost every case, our advice to people seeking to remove creepy-crawly-critters is going to include these two steps: Physically remove said critters from the area where you do not want them Make that area in hospitable to that creature (often by removing the critters’ food source) Generally, it really is that simple. If our reader doesn’t want to see so many earthworms, then she can try to provide better drainage in her yard so they won’t want to come to the surface if it rains. If she sees too many carpet beetle Continue reading [...]

Mysterious Visitor is a Hornworm Caterpillar

A woman sent us the photograph below of a handsome green critter she found in her garden, with the simple request that we identify it. Luckily, it’s a great photograph, and gives us some great clues about its identity. We can see several distinct characteristics to help us identify the species. The way the critter is segmented is helpful, as are the black spots on its body. But the most telling traits are the horn seen at the top of the picture and the stripes on the side of its body. Continue reading [...]

Worm in Potato Probably a Tuberworm

We received a disturbing story from a reader who was eating a fried potato in Peru when she discovered a weird bulge that turned out to be a worm. She described it as white or gray with lines on it (perhaps she meant that it was segmented). She also mentioned that it appeared too big to be a wireworm or tuberworm. She is curious what this creature was and mentioned she thought she might have eaten one. Continue reading [...]

Thin White Worms Near Tomato Plants…Pot Worms?

A while ago a reader contacted us about her tomato plants. We are sorry for the delay, but hope our response will be helpful to her and other vegetable gardeners out there. Continue reading [...]

Common Types of Cocoon Worms

Silk worms are often confused for worms, but they are not a member of the worm family at all. Instead, they are caterpillars that create a cocoon to complete the transformation process from caterpillar to butterfly. Continue reading [...]
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