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The DIY remedies to protect your home garden from caterpillars

The DIY remedies to protect your home garden from caterpillars

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Caterpillar, the larvae of butterflies and moths, can chew on leaves, flowers, shoots, fruits and even other parts of plants, thereby damaging them. In case of caterpillar infestation, you would see holes on the leaves and flower buds.

But instead of using harmful chemical pesticides to protect the plants, you can opt for natural homemade remedies. Home crop, which deals in DIY kitchen gardens, recently took to Instagram to suggest these simple tips:

-Use neem oil in higher concentration and occasionally spray the leaves with a soap solution.

-If you find them on your plants, hand killing is the most effective method.

According to University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources, these caterpillars are often hidden in rolled leaves and among foliage, making it difficult to find them. To prevent excessive damage of plants, one should detect the pest early by looking for feeding holes, excrement, webbed or rolled leaves, and eggs. You can also prune off rolled or webbed leaves from plants.

While small plants are likely to be damaged by caterpillar feeding, most well-grown plants are able to outgrow substantial damage.

A love of gardening often goes hand in hand with a hatred toward the pests that pervade the fruits of your labor, both figurative and literal.

While backyard gardens attract some pests that are actually beneficial to the ecosystem, they also appeal to a number of creepy crawlers that are detrimental to the plants, including caterpillars.

It’s these small critters’ big appetites that leave frustrated homeowners looking for their demise. Luckily, these tried and true, all-natural methods can help homeowners regain control of their lush landscape once more.