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Why do my fern have worms.

Customer Question

well, there are little tiny worms and big worms in my fern. I've had the plant about a month. I noticed the worms about 2 days ago.
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Home Improvement
Expert:  Edward replied 8 years ago.

HelloCustomer

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-Could you explain your situation a little more?

What do these worms look like?

What color, size(inches), any information will help.

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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Reply to Edward's Post: the big worms looks black and they are about 3/4 to 1 inch long. the little ones are about 1/2 inch
Expert:  Edward replied 8 years ago.

Are the worms fuzzy? Perhaps they look like the image below? Where are these ferns growing?

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Do any of the worms have markings or legs on them?

Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Reply to Edward's Post: yes, they are fuzzy and have legs also. the fern are hanging on the patio. Maybe the big worms are not as fuzzy as the image in the picture. they have 2 little antenas on the head. the ferns are hanging on the patio. There are a lot of trees with moss hanging on them in the landscape.
Expert:  Edward replied 8 years ago.

These are caterpillars and will turn into butterflies and moths later on. Click here for more information. Early control recommendations include: Dipel which will leave a white residue on foliage, but very effective in eliminating caterpillars and is safe to use. Mavrik and Talstar are both very effective for caterpillars (worms) and act primarily as repellents.

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Edward