Yeah! It's Bud Worm Season. Pics

Massachusetts86

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The best product I've found that works is captain jacks dead bug. Being from the north east those bastards don't quit. I've never used anything better. That for the girls and I use diatomaceous earth for the ground.
Try not to spray the buds, I found even when my buds were hit last year with captain Jacks growing purple afghan and ice it had no effect whatsoever. Within 5 days the problem was solved , worms were dead , and I didn't have that problem again
 

Southernontariogrower

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Chowing down on your buds at this very moment. At least their chowing down on mine. I hit them with some with some BT this evening.

I have a question or two for those who have used BT in the past. Does it effect the quality of the weed. (Taste, Buzz....) And is it really safe for smoking. How long do you have to wait after spraying before you harvest. I've been using BT on my garden for decades without any problems but I always wash the food I grow before I eat it. But I'd have to be crazy to wash my weed before smoking it. Though I could give it a little spray down a few days before harvest. Any suggestions?

Here's some pics of my two plants progress. You can see the damage done to one of the buds and one of our crawly little pests.

If anyone has any idea of the strains I'm growing I'd sure like to know.
Kill them all with love from northern hemisphere.
 

jbcCT

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How's everybody been? It's that time. Plenty of spraying and egg destruction coming to a backyard near you.
 

jbcCT

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I’m glad I live in an area where we don’t get those little devils!
Do tell. Are you in a region of the U.S? I'm not sure what areas moth / caterpillar species are non existent. Interesting. Good for you though. We've got worm control nailed down pretty well in this thread.
 

BullerDude420

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wtf I thought this was all stuff up north.

If your plants are in pots does this reduce the chance of getting them....

Damn im scared now!!
I got mine in 5 gallon fabric pots sitting on a bench and still find them when looking through them. Bright flash light during dark hours I find it best to spot em out if you do have any problems.
 

gcubebuddy

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For budworms, you should spray your plants every 3 weeks with BT, a beneficial bacteria, throughout their veg state, and the first half of flowering. That will keep the worms from growing on your plants. And that way, you don't have to spray your ripening buds.

BT will affect the taste of your bud if used too late in the season. It's just fine to wash your plants before harvest. Even my indoor plants are sometimes taken outside on harvest day and sprayed down well with a fine spray, and then dried for a couple of hours and harvested.

HTH :mrgreen:
Hi i saw this post and had a question. does the BT also work for corn? i have had worms chew up my corn like its going out of style. i am wondering if it is the same insect. it looks the same as the ones chewing up my corn.... And is BT non-toxic?
 

xtsho

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just my $.02 from years of growing tomatoes and veggies - alternate the spinosad and the BT. many pests will buil a tolerance
Spinosad is highly toxic to bees. If you spray that stuff do it in the evening when bees are not active. I won't use it in my garden. My backyard is 100% bee safe. But regarding vegetables, why would you spray something that kills the pollinators that are needed to pollinate the plants?

I just found these living in a birdhouse in the backyard today.



Please think about what you spray outdoors. There are plenty of options that are bee safe that should be used.

:peace:
 

gcubebuddy

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I just went out to my garden during break and saw a caterpillar climbing up on 2 plants. i got this stuff and dusted all my plants with it. it now looks like christmas snow on my plants. i dont know how good this stuff is. i got it at a garden nursery a while ago when i was attempting to grow corn. i also noticed a catapillar on my tomato plant as well.... hopfully this stuff will keep them off...
 

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gcubebuddy

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So I was looking up what this insecticide is. Apparently it’s made from bacteria that eats insects but leaves bees alone. Interesting… so far it’s kept the catipllers off my plants….
 

Kerowacked

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So I was looking up what this insecticide is. Apparently it’s made from bacteria that eats insects but leaves bees alone. Interesting… so far it’s kept the catipllers off my plants….
0.6% btk is not a lot, monterey is 99% and Thuricide about 15%. Guessing the other 99% is diatomaceous earth. Btk comes from butterfly gut and is deadly when caterpillars eat it. They dry up and fall off.
 

gcubebuddy

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Wow interesting… I would have never guessed that it was made from butterfly guts… interesting that it would be poisonous to catapillars…
 

FidelCa$hflow

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Chowing down on your buds at this very moment. At least their chowing down on mine. I hit them with some with some BT this evening.

I have a question or two for those who have used BT in the past. Does it effect the quality of the weed. (Taste, Buzz....) And is it really safe for smoking. How long do you have to wait after spraying before you harvest. I've been using BT on my garden for decades without any problems but I always wash the food I grow before I eat it. But I'd have to be crazy to wash my weed before smoking it. Though I could give it a little spray down a few days before harvest. Any suggestions?

Here's some pics of my two plants progress. You can see the damage done to one of the buds and one of our crawly little pests.

If anyone has any idea of the strains I'm growing I'd sure like to know.
I dont think the name of those strains matters as much as you keeping them alive. Those are monster sativa strains. The worms suck but i think youll still have buds lol
 
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