Garden & Lawn Pest Control : How to Control Corn Ear Worms


Hi this is Yolanda from vanveenbulbs.com,
and in this section we’re going to talk about how to control corn ear worms. Now there’s
all types of bugs that affect our crops in the United States, and a big problem right
now for all the corn industries is the corn ear worm. Basically it really is a caterpillar
that gets into the corn, and then makes a little cocoon, and then turns into a moth.
It eats into the corn and does terrible damage, and so it can ruin a whole crop, but there
is different types of methods that you can use to rid the corn fields of the corn ear
worms. So one of the most organic ways to rid the problem is as soon as the corn head
starts to develop, actually put corn oil or mineral oil, or vegetable oil on the tips
of the corn, because that is where the caterpillars enter the corn, and they don’t like the oil,
it breaks down their outer coating, so it’ll stop them from coming in. Another trick that
the farmers have been using is as soon as the corn develops, they spray the whole crop
with a basilis. It’s a kind of a bacteria that’s called BT, and it’s safe for children,
and animals. The only set back is that it kills all caterpillars. So all the beautiful
butterflies, it kills it as well, but apparently it’s something that is needed to be used,
so if you have a problem with corn ear worms, and it works. So bacterias can be used to
kill corn ear worms, but there’s other methods as well. Pyrethrins, which are really bad
for all types of insects are used, and it’s basically a chemical that’s taken from chrysanthemums,
so it is organic, but it is one of the most dangerous chemicals known to man. So even
if something is marked organic, it might still be dangerous to other animals, and to different
pets, and other bugs. So always do your research and find out, and try the most natural methods
first.

2 thoughts on “Garden & Lawn Pest Control : How to Control Corn Ear Worms

  1. Pyrethrins are one of the most dangerous chemicals known to man? What a loon! If she were talking about chlorinated hydrocarbons, carbamates or organophosphates I might have given her statement some merit. She rightly states that pyrethrin is made from chrysanthemum flowers and in the same breath expects us to believe it's "one of the most dangerous chemicals known to man?!"
    You need a script, lady. The USDA says it "is probably the safest of all insecticides for use in food plants."

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