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How To Control Bagwormsbagworm cocoon

Have you noticed an unexplainable discoloration or browning of your trees and shrubs. There is an answer for such a thing and it is usually the cause of bagworms. Bagworms are destructive insects which attack many species of tree or bush, but are most often found on conifers like juniper, pine, arborvitae, cyprus, cedar, and spruce.

They have been coined as “bagworms” due to the insect feeds on plants and trees during the larvae stage, they wrap themselves up in cocoon-like “bags” made from twigs, leaves, and self-spun silk. Once nestled in this self-made bag, a female bagworm can lay between 500 to 1,000 eggs—meaning your bagworm problem will multiply into a major infestation if left unchecked. Each egg will hatch into another bagworm that will be ready to rip into any foliage nearby.

Once you know you have a bagworm infestation on your property, it’s best to act quickly to eliminate them. However, the tricky part about it is that bagworms are usually not noticed right away because the bags they reside in usually fool homeowners who confuse the bags with conifer cones.

Getting rid of bagworms doesn't have to be difficult when you have right information and the right products to tackle this destructive insect. At Solutions Pest and Lawn, we can provide both! Read on below to learn how the best methods of controlling bagworms.


How to Get Rid of Bagworms: Solutions 3 Step Process

Depending on what part of the country you are living in and the climate zone, the treatment and control approach for bagworms may change. Timing is everything when it comes to eliminating a bagworm infestation. Detecting them early will help immensely on top of using right treatment application based on the season. Whether you have a small outbreak of bagworms or are dealing with tree or shrub overrun with these pesky bugs, we recommend a simple to execute 3-step solution:

Step 1:  Handpicking- This method is best done around the fall, winter or early spring when the bagworms are in their pupae stage and have encased themselves in that self-made bag. Using any sort of chemical control will not be able to work when bagworms are in their cocoon-like stage because the encasing they are in protects them from pesticide applications. So in this case, you can manually control bagworms by simply plucking their cocoons off of the infested trees and either drop them into a bucket of soapy water or squish them.  

Step 2:  Use Insecticide Sprays - When bagworms have hatch from their bags, that is when they are susceptible to chemical treatments. We have a variety of insecticides to choose from which can kill bagworms and plenty of other problem bugs. Demand CS Insecticide and Evergreen Pyrethrum Concentrate are just a few of our recommended products specifically for controlling bagworms.

Step 3:  Attract Bagworm Predators - If you’re wanting a more organic approach to eradicating the bagworm population on your trees and shrubs, you can make your property more welcoming to birds such as the sparrow and others. Buy a bird bath and put it on your property and lay out ample amounts of brush piles and shrubbery which sparrows can use to make nests. Sparrows will then naturally go after those bagworms for a meal and wipe them out. The con of this method may be that you may get a sparrow problem on your hands if you’re not careful.

It’s that simple! By following these steps, bagworms will be a problem of the past before you know it. Browse our bagworm control products below and if you have any questions or concerns about your order or you need advice on control from a live expert, feel free to reach out to us via email or phone.

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