What to do about budworm caterpillars causing damage to petunias and geraniums? May be cutworm caterpillar!

So far I have been just picking them off.

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  • Marcia
    on Jun 16, 2015

    Geranium budworm. An evil little white butterfly lays an egg in the developing flower bud, hatches out, and takes the color of the flower it eats. really loves geraniums and petunias. BT(Bacillius thuringesis) and Neem oil work and are considered organic and harmless to the good garden bugs

  • Lisa Gage
    on Jul 11, 2015

    Always use Neem but also use Safer caterpillar killer. Those worms can destroy a crop in one day. Try to do preventative spray in spring and intervals after to maintain. Only a few problems this year. Last year they were so bad at around August. Here in California that is the prime for those butterflies.

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