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Cutworm

Cutworm

Cutworm

Xestia dolosa

Color: Cutworms are gray or dull brown fat caterpillars.

Size:   They are 1 to 2 inches long with shiny heads.

Almost any plant including grass can be attacked in the seedling stage. Cotton and certain vegetables sometimes have stand reductions.

  • The larvae are called cutworms because they cut down young plants as they feed on stems at or below the soil surface. Cutworms curl up into a tight "C" when disturbed. 
  • The adults are night-flying moths and do not cause damage.

As general feeders, most cutworms attack a wide range of plants. Some common vegetable hosts include asparagus, bean, cabbage and other crucifers, carrot, celery, corn, lettuce, pea, pepper, potato, and tomato. In addition, a few species feed on turf grass.

  • Seedlings are girdled at the soil line, and stands may be significantly reduced in some cases.
  • Other species, such as glassy cutworms, remain in the soil and feed upon roots and underground parts of the plant.
  • Plant later in the season, when cutworms aren't as active, as a preventative measure.
  • Fall and spring cultivation will help reduce populations of overwintering larvae.
  • Look for cutworms curled near the base of young plants. You may have to dig a few inches into the soil to find them. Dig into the soil each morning and destroy any cutworms you find.
  • Protect young plants from cutworms by placing a paper collar around new transplants. Push the paper collar into the soil at least 2 inches. The collar will decompose in time as the plant grows.
  • Encourage hungry birds to visit your garden by placing birdbaths and feeders near the planting beds.

MANUFACTURER RECOMMENDED PRODUCTS AND TREATMENT FOR Cutworm CONTROL

Pests need food, water, and shelter. Often the problem may be solved just by removing these key items. Before even thinking about chemical pest control, it is important to be aware of Pest’s Conducive conditions & It’s Recommendations.

Pesticides can be purchased in many different forms, each form has specific uses and application methods The pesticide application method you choose depends on the nature and habits of the target pest, the properties of the pesticide, the suitability of the application equipment, and the cost and efficiency of alternative methods. Your choice is often predetermined by one or more of these factors. Follow label directions for volume recommendations and application rates based on the pest to be controlled and utilize appropriate application tips on equipment. , these application methods are for informational purposes only. To know specific applications method/s for the product you buy, please refer actual packages for complete Label Verbiage.

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