Cannabis gardens are particularly prone to a whole array of different bugs and pests, probably because of the smell. One common critter that can be found in even the most cautious growers outdoor garden is the caterpillar. Here are some tips on preventative measures and how to spot an infestation:
Caterpillars can be detrimental to a cannabis grow because they destroy and weaken cannabis plants. Also, certain kinds are able to drill holes into the stems of plants and thus, open up the gates to all types of sap-feeding insects.
Butterflies eggs and different critters
The first thing you need to do to check for a caterpillar infestation is, of course, to look for them. This can be pretty hard because caterpillars are great at camouflaging themselves, though it definitely is possible. If you're surveying your garden, be sure to check the stems of all of your plants and look for holes, if you find holes, it's pretty likely you have an infestation on your hands. At this point, all you can really do is remove parts of plants where you find these holes so as to not let any other critters in. To look for eggs, check individual leaves as this is a common spot for butterflies to lay their eggs.
One method you can use to rid your garden of these bugs is to remove them all by hand. This is effective in small grows, or in the case of small infestations. You will need to kill them though, or move them far, far away, because they will come crawling back. Something else you could do is introduce parasitic wasps to your garden, as these will lay their eggs on top of butterfly eggs, and newborn wasps will feed on them. If you hate wasps, as most people do, you could try placing some praying mantis in your garden as they love to eat caterpillars also.
Growing is tricky business
If you really don't want to be introducing different critters into your garden as a preventative measure, you could use neem oil. It has to be said that this won't be super effective if the caterpillars are already pretty big, though you have a decent chance if you catch the infestation early and apply the neem oil as soon as you can.
Growing is tricky business, and starting a garden opens you up to the threat of countless pets. Fortunately, there are a whole bunch of tried and tested measures you can take to prevent and rid yourself of these insects, so try not to worry too much.
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