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How To Control Cutwormscutworm control

If you’re a home gardener than you know just how frustrating it is to be walking out to take a gaze at your garden and noticing that your once healthy and vibrant greenery have been eaten into and snipped at. There may not be a troublemaker running around with scissors, rather, the culprit could very well be a common lawn and garden pest that is steadily rising to prominence, the cutworm. The cutworm is a species of caterpillar that is known for chewing through plant stems that are at ground level, thereby killing them. If left alone, this critter can really do some damage.

Cutworm caterpillars are the larvae of some species of adult moth. They are stout, soft-bodied and gray or dull brown color caterpillars which range between 1 to 2 inches long. When disturbed, these caterpillars curl up, they also do so when resting.  Cutworms are a sneaky lawn pest, often going unnoticed because they mainly tend to feed only at night, while spending the most of the daylight hours in hiding.

Adult female moths can lay hundreds of cutworm eggs at a time. Because of this fact, cutworm populations can vary greatly from year to year and, when abundant in number, they can utterly obliterate a garden.  Most of the damage caused by cutworms occurs when they chew stems of young plants at or slightly above or below the soil line.

If you have cutworms established on your garden, put a stop to them using products from Solutions Pest and Lawn.

Browse our cutworm control products below. If you have questions, order inquiries or would like free DIY advice, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We are happy to help you via phone, email or online live chat.

  • Essentria IC3 Natural Pesticide

    Essentria IC3 Natural Pesticide

    Natural Pesticide - Botanical Insecticide
    4.9 10
  • Dominion Tree & Shrub

    Dominion Tree & Shrub

    Dominion Tree & Shrub contains Imidacloprid and is designed for the control of aphids, grubs, mole crickets, and other listed insects on lawns, flowers, trees, and shrubs including listed fruit and nut trees.
    5 1
  • Viper Insect Dust

    Viper Insect Dust

    Garden Dust
    5 1
  • Tandem Insecticide

    Tandem Insecticide

    Fast knock down and residual control of more than 90 pests
    5 1

How To Get Rid of Cutworms: 3 Step Solution

Protecting your garden from cutworms doesn’t have to be complicated. With the right approach and the right products by your side, you can eliminate problematic cutworms and save your garden from further harm. Solutions Pest and Lawn carries a variety of professional grade pesticide chemicals which can effectively address a cutworm issue. If you fear damaging the vegetation when treating cutworms, we also have green organic products that will kill cutworms without damaging any of your garden plants. See our simple 3 step process below for cutworm control.

Step 1: Before carrying on with chemical control, it is best to first perform a careful inspection to see where these cutworms are residing and whether you have a small or large infestation in your garden. Check the damage of your garden plant and if there are any eggs in high grass or weeds. Reducing weeds and clutter around your garden can help to not only expose cutworms but discourage them from staying in the area. Timing is important when treating cutworms as they are known to lay a lot of eggs and it would be best to control them before they hatch and add to the damage.

Step 2: Now to move onto chemical treatment. Equip yourself with a high-quality insecticide that you can find below and mix into a hand-pump sprayer. You should also make sure that you are wearing protective equipment when handling pesticides, even organic pesticides, for any chance of skin or facial contact which can be irritating or uncomfortable. Mix and utilize the product according to the set instructions on the label. Apply an insecticide late in the afternoon for best control as that is when cutworms are most active. Reapplications may be necessary until you see no further damage to your garden or the presence of cutworms has been eradicated.

Step 3: After eliminating the cutworm infestation, you will need to work to prevent the infestation from returning. In the spring, emerging cutworms will be waiting to feast on your garden. Cut off their food supply by delaying transplanting or planting by a couple weeks if possible.
Keep up with cultivation. Cutworm moths prefer to lay eggs in high grass and weeds. At the end of the season, plow or till the garden and mow surrounding areas to expose cutworms and destroy their winter habitat.

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