|Originally Posted By LoBrau:
Originally Posted By Giltweasel:
Found a tomato horn worm at my dad's place for the first time ever.
I've had them to excess at my house in the country, we get loads of moths and other stuff that do all sorts of damage.
When the hornworms hit, I don't mess around.
Sevin. I don't care about principle when a little bitty ass worm/caterpillar can defoliate an entire hearty tomato plant overnight.
Another, cheaper, less invasive and potentially unhealthy option:
Slit a toilet paper tube lengthwise, and place around the base of the tomato plant.
Worms can't get on the plant, problem solved.
My understanding of the hornworm is that the moth lays an egg on the plant itself, so they have no need to climb the stalk. They're already on it. It's not a real worm anyway. It's a larval flying thing. A caterpillar.