A worm is eating my zinnias...

A small worm/caterpillar is eating my zinnias. It gets in the center of the flower (hidden) and eats from the inside out. What can I do to save my flowers? Thank you. McKinney, Texas
Submitted by artsyannieTX

Hi,

 

Thanks for writing. If the worm is a type of caterpillar (I'm sorry, but I can't identify it without seeing it), there are sprays called Bt that you can use; these are a natural bacterium that attacks and kills caterpillars. You can also try spraying the flowers with neem oil to deter the insects.

 

---Justin, Senior Garden Editor, BHG.com


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