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How to Get Rid of Caterpillars 


About caterpillars

Caterpillars are basically larva of butterfly or moth. It comes in various forms, texture, size and colors. Few have bad odors while others have spikes on them. It is the second stage of the lifecycle of the butterfly or moth. In this stage of larva the caterpillars are quite hungry and prefer eating herbivorous food. It is segmented and its next stage is the cocoon or pupa growth stage, after which it turns into a beautiful butterfly or a moth. Few caterpillars are known to hibernate during winter season before transforming into a cocoon. The caterpillars cause major damage to lands, yards and garden that also lead to economic damage as it feels hungry during this stage of lifecycle.

10 Tips for eliminating caterpillars

  1. Plucking the caterpillars

Wear glove and even tweezers if you are too squeamish. Keep a bucket of soapy water ready. Start to hand pick the caterpillar from the plants and shrubs and trees and shove them in the bucket. These caterpillars are major garden pets. It eats of all the vegetation grown on the yard and can even foliage the trees if it spins itself around it. They will eat everything it can find to fill their hunger.

  1. Preying on the caterpillars

Predators that feed on caterpillars can be kept around the house. Ducks, chickens and many more animals are fond of feasting on caterpillars. Hang bird feeders to attract the birds to come towards the garden and prey on the caterpillars.

  1. Keeping the caterpillar hungry

Shield with porous polyester fabric covers and row covers can be covered over all the vegetation that the caterpillars feast on. If the caterpillars will not be able to feed the hungry caterpillars, it might not survive or relocate to another location.

  1. Poking the nest

Find the caterpillar nest and use a long stick with nails and start sticking into the nest and scraping it off. A broom would be a better choice. Make sure the process id carried out in the morning or evening when the caterpillars are in its nests. Once the nest had been destroyed the caterpillars and the stick used can be disposed off.

  1. Building a bonfire for the caterpillars

Cut of the branches that are infested or covered with caterpillar nest collect them and use your choice of fuel and burn the branches. Burn the ones that have been damaged through foliage due to the caterpillars and its nests. The caterpillars cause major landscaping hazard and wreak havoc to the whole greenery.

  1. Early Easter hunting for eggs

Usually the butterflies lay their eggs in masses during winter season.  Wear glove, keep a cutting device prepared and get ready to hunt for eggs. Look through each and every branch, leaves and twigs to find the eggs. Scrape or cut of the branch with the eggs and collect them together. Destroy the eggs altogether. If the initial stage of the lifecycle is impeded, there will be no caterpillars to cause harm to the landscape.

  1. Using chemicals on the caterpillars

There are various chemicals that can help in eradicating caterpillars from destroying vegetation. These are as follows:

PYRETHRINS: These usually come in spray form and instantly kill the caterpillars. Few of the suggested brands are ROTENONE PYRETHRIN SPRAY and take down.

INSECTICIDAL SOAPS: These are quite powerful and efficient method of eradicating the caterpillars. It disintegrated the shell membrane of the larva and the cells from aside the caterpillar by dissolving the cuticle.

PEST BARRIER:  Use a duct tape or aluminum foil and surround it around the branch to make a trunk band. Apply petroleum jelly on it along with TREE TANGLEFOOT PEST BARRIER. It traps the caterpillars on the aluminum foil or the duct tape preventing it from feeding on the greenery. Starvation eventually will kill the caterpillars.


  1. Bagging the caterpillars

The moth caterpillars prefer shaded, sheltered areas. Cover the nest of the caterpillar with burlap bags. Soon all of them will be together. Seal the bag and terminate the caterpillars.

  1. Crop rotation

Every month the place and the vegetation being grown in arrow or lanes should be changed to confuse the caterpillars. It makes it difficult for them to quickly finish off the plantation and gives us plenty of time to take preventive measures.

  1. Bacillus Thuringiensis (BT)

It is a bacterium that kills the caterpillars without harming useful insects as well. The dust or powder can scattered on the damaged trees and other vegetation to prevent further damage.

Use Solutions For Caterpillar Control

At Solutions Pest and Lawn, we have all the tools necessary to eliminate caterpillars and can also provide you helpful advice online, live in person at our stores or over the phone to guide you through an effective treatment process to get rid of caterpillars from your property.

For invasions in the home or outdoors in the garden, an insecticide containing Bifenthrin or permethrin such as Acelepryn G Insecticide or Essentria IC3 Natural Pesticide can provide long lasting control. Mix these products into a hand sprayer and treat all around the foundation both indoors and outdoors. Spend most of your focus treating the outside.

There are also dusts which you can use that are effective in killing puss caterpillars and keeping them away like Essentria D Dust Insecticide and others.

The very hungry caterpillar

Few of these caterpillars’ blooms into beautiful butterflies and the caterpillar barely look harmful. Unfortunately before turning into a cocoon it prepares itself by feeding on the harvest t or vegetation. It naturally gets hungry and wreaks terror to all things green. THthus, appropriate measures must be taken to eliminate the problem or there will be no vegetation left for us to eat or sell.

If you have any questions or concerns, we are available via phone or online chat to help you with your order or give you advice on control methods.


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