Vegie Care

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Controlling caterpillars on autumn vegies

Many of our favourite cool season vegies, such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbages and cauliflowers, are attacked by a range of voracious caterpillars. Caterpillars can devour entire young seedlings as well as more mature plants and also eat into the heads of cabbages and cauliflowers.

Sometimes the caterpillars themselves are hard to spot, as they can be expertly camouflaged, hide underneath foliage or within the heads of cabbages and cauliflowers. Look out for tell-tale holes in the leaves or brown or bluey-green droppings.

The most common caterpillars include:

Without caterpillar control strategies, cool season vegies can be decimated, leaving you nothing to harvest. You don’t need to be a caterpillar identification expert to keep caterpillars under control.

Baythroid® Advanced Insect Killer for Gardens is a handy product for vegie gardeners as it will effectively control caterpillars on vegetables like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbages and cauliflowers. Start spraying when insects or their damage first appear and repeat as required. Spray both sides of foliage, as caterpillars are often found on the undersides of leaves.

Extra tip: Baythroid® Advanced Insect Killer for Gardens will also control other common insect pests on cool season vegies, including aphids, thrips and whiteflies.


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