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Battling Bagworms and Garden Insects

Greetings, fellow gardeners! Here at Brady Nursery, we understand the challenges that come with maintaining a thriving vegetable garden. This is especially true when dealing with persistent pests like bagworms and other insects. Over the past few years, bagworms have become a significant problem in our area, but fear not! With the right knowledge and tools, you can protect your garden and enjoy a bountiful harvest.

Understanding & Controlling Bagworms

Bagworms are a notorious pest that can wreak havoc on trees and plants in your garden. These pests overwinter as eggs in the protective bags created by the female from the previous year. Come mid-May through late June, the eggs hatch and the larvae drop silk strands and float in the wind. Wherever they land, they start building a new bag by feeding on the plant they’ve landed on.

Controlling bagworms is most effective when done early in the season. Start monitoring your plants from mid-May through late June. Bagworms often start near the center of the plant, so make sure to inspect these areas thoroughly. Use a hard spray to ensure thorough coverage of the inner parts of the plant. We recommend using organic products like Fertilome Spinosad or Fertilome Caterpillar Killer with B.T. These products are safe for kids, pets, and wildlife. Make two applications of your chosen treatment, spaced two to three weeks apart. This ensures that any newly hatched larvae are also targeted.

Other Insects in the Vegetable Garden

As the weather warms up, various insects begin to make their appearance in the garden. Here are some common pests you might encounter and how to control them:

  • Cucumber Beetles: These pests can cause significant damage to cucumber plants. Look for yellow and black striped or spotted beetles on your plants.
  • Potato Beetles: Easily recognizable by their yellow and black striped bodies, potato beetles can devastate potato crops.
  • Squash Bugs: These bugs are known for sucking the sap out of squash plants, leading to wilting and death of the plant.
  • Corn Earworms, Cutworms, and Grasshoppers: These pests can damage a variety of garden plants, chewing on leaves and stems.
  • Worms: Various types of worms can be found in the garden, including caterpillars, that chew on leaves and stems.

At Brady Nursery, we recommend using HI Yield Multi-Use Dust to control these garden pests. Apply a thin coating of the dust to cover the upper and lower surfaces of your plants. This ensures that the pests come into contact with the dust no matter where they are on the plant.

If you’re unsure about the type of pest you’re dealing with or need further assistance, bring a sample of the affected foliage or insect to Brady Nursery. Our knowledgeable staff can help you identify the pest and provide a tailored solution for your garden.

Brady Nursery Knows Bugs

Dealing with pests like bagworms and other insects can be challenging, but Brady Nursery has the right approach and products. Being a family-operated business, Brady Nursery offers customers unique benefits and perspectives. Brady Nursery’s quality and expertise can’t be found at chain stores or big retail outlets with so-called “Garden Centers” within them. Whether a seasoned gardener or a novice enthusiast, Brady Nursery provides the expertise, guidance, and high-quality plants you need. Visit our store today to protect your vegetable garden and ensure a healthy, productive season.