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How to Get Rid of Bagworms

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Who would not want to have a beautiful evergreen tree in their backyard? The color it adds to your home and the freshness it adds to your environment, it is so relaxing. However, recently you have been noticing the changes in the color of the leaves. Is it Fall already? No it is not fall yet, your beautiful tree is now a home to bagworms. They look like brown needles pointing down from your tree branches. These worms are not fond of flying, but if a hard wind hits, they are blown to a different tree. Luckily, this guide will walk you through the stages of a bagworm’s life so you know how and when to control them.

What am I Dealing With?

Bagworms are mostly found in trees. Their brown outlook gives them the look of a pinecone, which makes it hard to spot them. They stand out in contrast to the green tree as they look like unpleasant sacs hanging off a beautiful tree. They have a very distinct brown color and they are covered with dead needles. Fact: Bagworms are the HARDEST to spot on pine trees because of how similar they look. Because they are hard to spot on pine trees therefore; you will need to put in extra effort to make sure you are getting rid of the right thing.

You must NOT Forget This

Once you have managed to get the bagworms off the tree, you have to get rid of them for good. Rake or sweep them into a plastic bag and tightly conceal it from the top. Do not directly put them into the trashcan, as their larvae can survive there. Once your trees start turning brown, there is a high chance that the bagworm has already damaged it. Therefore, you will need to get rid of their entire residue so that it does not spread to other trees. The best time to get rid of bagworms is in May because that is when they are vulnerable and prone to dying.

Step 1: Kill their Eggs

For this step, you will need a bucket of warm water and dish soap. Add the dish soap accordingly, for example, if you add 1 liter of water you can add 0.75 liter of dish soap. Incorporate it well and move onto your safety. At all times, make sure you are wearing safety goggles and gloves. Once you are done with the safety procedure, you can approach the bagworms. Use clippers to cut the entire bagworm off the branch and make sure you leave no traces behind. If you feel that there might be residue left, cut the branch off and throw it in the water. One thing to keep in mind, make sure the bagworms and the branches are fully drowned in the water. After 15-20 minutes, put the bagworms into a plastic bag, tightly sealed, with the water and discard it.

Step 2: Killing the Hatched Bagworms

When bagworms are newly hatched, they are in their most weak state. Fact: Their hatching season is May. You will have to look for a small worm like head coming out of a brown casing. You must be very slow but steady with your moves, as they tend to go back inside their shell when they sense danger. You will need to buy an insecticide, which contains bacillus thuringiensis. This bacterium is extremely deadly to newly hatched bagworms. For best results: you can do this every year in May.

Step 3: Insecticide Sprayer for the Adults

The insecticide sprayer is the most powerful. How you can perform this is easy. You need to make your trees extremely wet. Make sure all the leaves, branches and other plants surrounding the affected tree are wet. You will need to wear a safety mask with gloves to perform the task. Spray the insecticide spray over the wet areas and leave the area for a few hours, we recommend Reclaim IT. Keep all children and pets away from the area that has been sprayed, as it can be very harmful for them if they inhale it. For best results: spray the insecticide sprayer in late May. June and early July, so you can prevent future infestations.

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The Organic Solution

If you consider using this solution, you will need to thank the birds. Birds love to eat bagworms. They like to go all around the tree a couple of times to make sure that all the bagworms are eaten. You will have to come in when the worms fall to the ground. Once they make contact with the ground, they will begin to mark their territory AGAIN.

Remember to Make Sure!

You must make sure that after spraying the insecticide, there are no traces of bagworms left. If by any chance there are any bagworms left, they will get bigger and mature. The more mature a bagworm gets, the more resistant it gets to any chemical insecticide.

Take Care of your Plants

Bagworms feed on 600 different types of plants. Keep checking every year to see if there are any bagworms present. The sooner you begin to acknowledge their existence, the easier it will be for you to control them.

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