Fight Leaf-Feeding Caterpillars and Other Pests Today

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Garden pests spell trouble, and caterpillars and grasshoppers are among the main leaf-feeding pests to control in your landscape. Spot check your outdoor space regularly and fight leaf-feeding caterpillars and other pests today.

Identify the Culprits:

  • See leaves chewed around the edges? Caterpillars are some of the most common and prolific garden pests. 
  • See leaves chewed almost to tatters? Once hatched, grasshoppers go through several growth phases, devouring plants at every stage.

How to Control Caterpillars:

  1. Hand-pick and drop caterpillars into a bucket of soapy water.
  2. Organic BTK is the most effective caterpillar management. It is safe for people, animals and other insects. Organic Neem-based insecticides provide good control, too. Always use according to label directions.
  3. If nothing else works and for severe infestations, use a stronger remedy, such as a pesticide with carbaryl, acephate and permethrin. Ask your The Home Depot Garden Center associate for help.
  4. For trees and shrubs, try a specific remedy for both types.  

How to Control Grasshoppers:

  1. Grasshoppers are attracted to weedy areas and tall grass. Keep these areas mowed.
  2. Encourage birds, which find grasshoppers very tasty.  
  3. Organic Neem-based insecticides provide good control. Always use according to label directions.
  4. In worst cases, use a pesticide with carbaryl, acephate and permethrin. Ask your The Home Depot Garden Center associate for help.

Tip:

Create a habitat for birds and beneficial insects because they snack on these pests in our gardens and landscapes. Hang birdhouses and feeders near your vegetable garden. Make sure you offer a water source, such as a bird bath for your fine-feathered friends. 

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