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eggplant caterpillars (and grasshopper)

Posted by katty528 florida (My Page) on
Thu, Aug 5, 10 at 14:35

i planted eggplant a month ago, and almost immediately noticed little caterpillars curled up in the leaves and BIG holes on the plant. i don't like using pesticides, so i decided to see if the plant could take a little damage first. well, it couldn't, and i decided to try Bt. i've applied it about 3 times in a 3 week period, and the plants seem to be growing faster, but there are still some caterpillars and something is still eating the plants, although not as much. how often do i have to apply Bt? do i just keep applying it once a week throughout the growing season? will it eventually kill all the caterpillars? also, today i noticed a pretty big grasshopper on the eggplant. should i kill it? will it eat the eggplant? i've never seen a grasshopper in my yard before, and i'd sure like to get some eggplants sometime soon.... thx!

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RE: eggplant caterpillars (and grasshopper)

How many eggplant plants do you have?

Yes, grasshoppers eat plants. They also make more grasshoppers. I'd get rid of any that you find. (Same with the caterpillars.)

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