Re: Pest control for petunias

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Posted by quiltguy on December 26, 2002 at 12:08:08:

In Reply to: Pest control for petunias posted by Debbie on June 24, 2002 at 07:53:19:

: I planted some beautiful pink and blue petunias this year, but there is something killing them. The leaves and stems are covered in little black dots that are literally eating through the leaves faster than I can keep up. I've also seen what looks like a very small catepillar. Can someone please tell me what this is and how to get rid of it?? My poor flowers are dying! :( Sounds like you've got hornworm caterpillars, just pick 'em off and feed 'em to the birds. or squish 'em. they love stuff in the tomato family, petunias included. the dark pellets are the caterpillar's droppings. it'smaking fertilizer for your garden.the droppings are burning holes i n your leaves. just hose them off. the nighttime scent of some petunias are attracting the female moths who then lay their eggs on the leaves. the eggs may look like TINY greenish or yellowish translucent pearls, of course you'd need a magnifying glass to find them. isn't mother nature wonderful! good luck


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