May 11th, 2009

SSPM – Sip and Swat Pest Management

bio_leslied
(Not to be Confused with IPM – Integrated Pest Management)

1Sphinx Moth is often mistaken for a hummingbird; it is the source of Tomato Hornworms. Yuk!

2
Cabbage Looper Moth. Double Yuk!

The memory of tomato hornworms and cabbage loopers is still burning a hole in my brain and I am not going to let them get the best of my plants this year.  It’s time find the flyswatter, to pour a glass of wine and hang-out near the porch light. This year they have been falling asleep on the stucco wall; this makes them easy to swat.   If I swat the moths now I can reduce the tomato hornworm and cabbage looper popluation in my garden – maybe I can even eliminate all of them?

I’ll go see how many bottles of wine we have in the pantry – - – and I’ll get back to you on this.

Comments

    when you buy organic produce in the stores, how can we be sure there are no harmful stuff in the produce from pests/moths?? thanks
    jason

    Hi Leslie, Thanks for sending me the link to your blog. I was picking plumetts of a small bush we have here in Missouri and was scared by something like this, I had a hand full of fruit and it was attached to one . I dropped them all. I did not know if it was a bee of sorts or related to the humming bird. I have not seen one since. But too our crop was zero last year because of the ice storm that spring killed the blooms. Any way have a great day. Ernie

    Hi Ernie, We have had a very unusual cool snap here this month. Winter went to summer almost instantly. Then in June some cool and cloudy weather – perfect for me to putter in the garden. Hope you get some good tomatoes this year. Hope you avoided the ice storms. Leslie

    I found a fat green caterpillar on my brussel sprouts. Looked more like a tomato hornworm..but then, this white butterfly was fluttering
    around (I think that it’s a butterfly because is rests with it’s wings up..)I AM SO GLAD THAT YOU POSTED PICTURES LESLIE D!!
    Thank you.

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