The Cabbage Looper is in the moth family, has a voracious appetite this time of year and can destroy foliage in your garden nearly overnight. As the name suggests it does love cabbage but is also fond of other cole crops. It can also be destructive to tomato, spinach, potato and cucumber plants. They look similar to inch worms with white or silver stripes running down their backs and are around two inches long.
You might be wishing you’d attracted more beneficial insects earlier in the season if they are wreaking havoc in your garden right now, none the less, there are a few ways to combat them. Hand picking is always a natural option with any pest but sometimes this isn’t feasible depending on the size of your garden or infestation. We have many products in stock to assist in taking your garden back:
Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis)
Considered organic by most vegetable gardeners, Bt is a bacteria that only attacks caterpillars. The product is sprayed onto the leaves of the infected plant.
Captain Jack’s Deadbug Brew by Bonide
Captain Jack’s Deadbug Brew products contain Spinosad (spin-OH-sid), a product first isolated from a naturally occurring soil dwelling bacterium that was collected on a Caribbean island from an abandoned rum distillery! This product is particularly effective on foliage feeding worms(caterpillars), thrips and other pests. It is an effective insecticide certified under USDA National Organic program for Organic Gardening. It controls up to 4 weeks and has a low impact on beneficial insects. We carry this line of products that include dust and sprays.
To get ahead of this pest for next year be sure to keep your garden clean this fall & till the soil under this winter. Pests are likely to overwinter in garden debris.