How To Get Rid Of Cabbage Looper’s

Last week my broccoli plant looked healthy and beautiful.   This week, it looks like this:

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What on earth is eating my broccoli leaves?

Apparently, these little critters are.

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For some reason The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle is coming to mind.  :)  Is it just me?

Anyway... after doing some research with the University of Google this morning, here's what I know about them.  They are called Cabbage Looper's and they are the most destructive little pests in a veggie garden.

Better Homes and Gardens had a helpful article on how to stop Cabbage Looper's.   Here are a few of their suggestions.    My favorite is the first option.

Attract Beneficial Insects:

Planting flowers, such as marigolds, calendula, sunflower, daisy, alyssum, or dill nearby can attract beneficial insects that attack and kill Cabbage Loopers and Cabbage Butterflies.

  • I don't have any dill planted but do have room for it, so this weekend I'll be on the lookout for some dill.  I also love daisies.

Hand Picking:

You can easily keep small populations of Cabbage Loopers under control by picking the insects off the plants and dropping them into a bucket of soapy water.

  • Um…no thank you!  Picking worms off a leaf isn't really for me.  It was challenging enough for me to hold the leaf with my fingers to take the picture!   {shiver}

Bt:

Spraying Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) on plants can help. Bt is a naturally occurring bacterial disease that only attacks caterpillars. Many vegetable gardeners consider Bt an organic product.

  • Okay, this I would consider, but where do I find it?  And it won't make my kids grow any extra toes, right?   Oh wait...what am I saying...it's broccoli.  Very doubtful they'll consume any of it anyway, unless of course I strategically hide it in their meal or in a smoothie.

Have you had to deal with this problem in your veggie garden?  What do you suggest?

 

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Rosann is wife to the man of her dreams and stay-at-home mom to two delightful little girls. Her heart's greatest passions are loving her family well, long-distance running, writing, and pretty much anything dark chocolate peanut butter. Rosann loves to encourage women whose husbands are in a season of unemployment, at her other website UnEmployedFaith.com. Her writing inspiration comes from a strong desire to glorify God while sharing the heart of her journey through a life of faith. She is also the Author of two books - UnEmployed Faith: Clothing Yourself in Strength and Perseverance Through his Season of Unemployment, and Refuel Your Inner SuperMom: A Practical Guide to Getting Your Groove Back.
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