Control Cutworms and Caterpillars
Save Your Seedlings.
When you discover the spotted or striped bodies of cutworm caterpillars chewing their way through the dainty green stems of your burgeoning vegetable garden, grab your PreGro Plant Sprayer.
Though these pests may seem hard to remove from the garden, it can be done using this lightweight garden sprayer. With an easy-to-fill glass container, the PreGro Plant Sprayer gives you the option to use any organic insecticide or natural pesticide you choose. DIY insecticidal soaps and horticultural oils, such as cottonseed and soybean oil, can be used to quickly mix up a cost-effective solution at home.
Once your solution has been properly diluted, pour it into the PreGro Plant Sprayer glass container. Before you spray the affected plants in your garden, clear away any weeds or dead plant material where cutworm eggs might be hidden. Once the eggs are gone, focus on removing the cutworm larvae that are doing the worst damage to your plants.
You Will Need:
- 1 bulb of garlic
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 cups of boiling water
- 1 tablespoon liquid dish soap *make sure there is no bleach in the dish soap
- Metal pot with a lid
- Cutting board
- Flat metal spatula (no slots)
- Quart-sized pitcher
- A slotted spoon, strainer, fine sieve or cheesecloth
DIY Recipe for Controlling Cutworms and Catepillars
To quickly and easily get the cloves out of the garlic bulb, simply place the entire bulb in a metal pot. Holding the lid tightly to the pot, shake the pot vigorously. As the garlic is shaken inside the metal pot, the cloves will simply come loose from the bulb. Remove the separated cloves from the pot and place on a cutting board. To remove the skins from the garlic cloves,make sure the cloves are sitting near each other and use a flat metal spatula to put a good amount of pressure on the cloves. Listen to the “crunching” sound as the garlic cloves split open. Finish peeling the skins away from the garlic and toss the fresh, aromatic cloves into a quart-sized pitcher.
Add 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil and 2 cups of boiling water to the pitcher. Let the crushed garlic cloves, vegetable oil and water sit overnight. The next day, use a slotted spoon, strainer, fine sieve or cheesecloth to remove the garlic cloves from the liquid. All solids must be removed in order to ensure optimal performance from the PreGro Plant Sprayer.
Once the garlic cloves have been removed from the liquid, add 1 tablespoon of non-bleach liquid dish soap to the liquid. Pour this solution into the easy-to-fill glass container. Never shake the PreGro Plant Sprayer when the glass container is attached to the sprayer. The PreGro Plant Sprayer utilizes aerosol technology, but does not contain CFCs. For optimal spray, hold sprayer between a 90 degree angle and a 45 degree angle.
Once your solution has been properly diluted, pour it into the glass spray bottle. Before you spray the affected plants in your garden, clear away any weeds or dead plant material where cutworm eggs might be hidden. Once the eggs are gone, focus on removing the cutworm larvae that are doing the worst damage to your cucumber and other plants.
- Test your homemade solution on a single plant to make sure the solution is not too strong and will not have adverse effects.
- Spray this natural solution on your affected plants in the early morning or evening since a hot or sunny day will cause the solution to heat up and burn the plant material.