This is the first spring we've had with these caterpillars. And they are literally everywhere, I removed about 20 from 2m² area!
Any tips in getting rid of them? They are just in the grass in the front and backyard. I'm in SE Vic
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What are the caterpillars eating? And where are you based? It might help members identify them and suggest remedies.
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Thanks for the clarification.
I will be interested to see if the approach is different to tackling army worms, which we have discussed on Workshop previously here - https://www.workshop.com.au/t5/Garden/Help-I-have-lawn-grubs/m-p/14757
Hi @kforyourtime it's amazing how fast these critters can do so serious damage to your lawn...
The typical army worm is much smoother so I'm not sure what one this is but damage is damage.
I would be leaning towards a treatment such as eco-neem. It is pricey for a small bottle but it's very concentrated so will go a long way.
The way it works - basically it stops the grubs eating as soon as they consume some of it - means it's going to have an immediate impact. It's also extremely low toxicity so the sort of option we want in the home garden.
The other option is to physically remove them, work over area by area but this may not be effective or practical if you've a large lawn.
As an aside I would recommend putting gloves on when handling any of the hairies as many can cause irritation.
Hope this helps.