Country Lore: Nab Tomato Worms at Night

Learn how to get rid of tomato worms by finding them with a flashlight at night and ensure you completely remove them from your garden.

| June/July 2008

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    These hornworm tomato caterpillars are easy to catch at night. Your chickens will love them in the morning.
    Photo by David Cavagnaro

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If you like tomatoes, but hate wasting your time “hunting” for tomato worms, try going out with a flashlight at night; the tomato worms will be right out in the open on the plants (not hiding). Getting rid of tomato hornworms is easier at night. They look mean, but are harmless. The horns on their backs are only to scare you. I go out at night with a coffee can to collect the “munchers,” and my chickens have a heyday the next morning eating them for breakfast!

Edgar Root
Concord, Michigan






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