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worms

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Question: 429-3410
We are getting little green worms on the Azaleas. How can we get rid of them? Pat, Clinton, CT

Mort's Answer:
Caterpillars will become moths and lay more eggs for next year, You can spray with sevin to kill the caterpillars or worms now. They may be dropping from nearby maples and oaks or other deciduous trees. A professional arborist could resolve the problem with a high pressure spraying on the nearby trees. They will recommend that a second spray in the summer is in order to get the adult moths.

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Question: 793-3012
I have worms that are about an inch long that are eating my petunias. What can I use to kill them? Pete, East Lyme, CT

Mort's Answer:
There are organic compounds like pyrethrin that will deter them. A non-organic spray with malathion will kill them. Follow directions on the packages. You will need to repeat (no pun) in about ten days to get rid of these inch worms.

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Question: 1155-3314
There was a little white worm on the ground under my blueberry plants. They are gone now and the berry plants looks fine. Should I be concerned? Valerie, Ashburnham, MA

Mort's Answer:
They were probably inch worms, which are larvae of moths. A Bordeaux mix or micronized sulphur applied to the soil should prevent their return. If the blueberry plants should no signs of webs or other damage, you can rest easy. Blueberries do best in about 10 inches of aged sawdust mulch. Fresh sawdust will rob the plants of nitrogen. Blueberries are heavy feeders.

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Question: 1292-3515
Last year I had a 100 flowers on my irises. This year there were hardly four. There seem to be worms in the rhizomes. How can I get rid of them? Paul, Norwich, CT

Mort's Answer:
You need to extricate all the roots. First remove all the tops half way down. It will make it easier to work. Wash ball the roots in Clorox. You break the rhizomes by hand. Holes that are hiding worms cam be penetrated with wire. If any roots are mushy, throw them out. Dry the roots on a screen for two days. Dust the new area with rotenone or non organic grubicide and replant the remaining.

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