Does anyone know how to get rid of green caterpillars?

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These caterpillars are eating my tomatoes and their leaves along with everything else they and get their little jaws on.
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  • sounds like you have horned worms or the caterpillar of the hummingbird moth. They can destroy a tomato plant in a couple days and the best way is to pick off the caterpillar and squish him or throw him in a bucket of soapy water. Is this the guy?
  • Jan Veiga Jan Veiga on Apr 23, 2014
    Try soap and borax mixture. Spray on entire plant.
  • Barbara R Barbara R on Apr 23, 2014
    The only think i could ever do in this case was get my garden gloves on and hunt for them and pull them off. Look carefully, they camouflage very well on the stems. On the ground, step on them. I know it sounds gross, but it's the only way.
    • Kate Wilder Kate Wilder on May 06, 2014
      @Barbara R @R I'm not a fan of killing when it's not necessary. The borax combo usually works and if you want to be kind to the environment, which includes these little caterpillars, take them off and relocate them. No reason to put them in a can or smash them! Why kill them one they've been removed? Take them in a can somewhere else - even if it's to the woods or down the road in wild trees. Never understood why people feel killing is a solution. Be humane whenever you can, and you'll feel better about your gardening.
  • Patricia Brining Patricia Brining on Apr 23, 2014
    Pick off and squish them and try salt border around the plants or baking soda or even boric acid
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    • Kate Wilder Kate Wilder on May 06, 2014
      @Patricia Brining Let's all try more humaneness in our gardens. It only take a moment to 'flick' them off, put them on a container and walk them somewhere else. We can do better as gardeners than squishing, can't we?
  • Patricia Brining Patricia Brining on Apr 24, 2014
    Karol, You can put them in an empty plastic coffee can with salt baking soda or epsom salt and cover they will be killed! No squishing needed. Also for ants I learned to sprinkle grits=they can't digest it and it kills them!
  • Jennifer G Jennifer G on Apr 25, 2014
    Try sprinkling Diatomaceous earth around your plants. Then pick the bugs off by hand and use the bucket with soapy water to kill them instead of squishing them (too gross). I use the bucket for all sorts of garden pests - I got TONS of squash beetles last year :(
    • Kate Wilder Kate Wilder on May 06, 2014
      @Jennifer G Maybe consider relocating them instead of killing them in soapy water? I mean, why bother at that point. Take them to the woods and let them go. You'll feel a whole lot better - try it. (You might like it!) Humane Gardening Rocks!
  • Karol Karol on Apr 26, 2014
    thanks everyone.
  • Cheryl Cheryl on Apr 26, 2014
    Leave it to the wasp's
  • Cheryl Cheryl on Apr 26, 2014
    Braconid wasps are parasitoids of tomato hornworms. The female wasp lays her eggs just under the skin of an unlucky tomato hornworm. When the eggs hatch, the larvae feed on the hornworm – literally from the inside. As the large mature, they work their way to the skin of the hornworm and spin their tiny cocoons. After only four days in their cocoons, the newly mature wasps will emerge and fly away. The weakened hornworm will die.
  • Karol Karol on Apr 27, 2014
    I don't want them to eat my tomatoes though so I want to get rid of them. Waiting for the wasp could be to late.
  • Vera Negron Vera Negron on May 06, 2014
    Try just soapy water preferably dish washing soap. Keeps all bugs of