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Why do my fern have worms.

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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: 10 years ago.
Category: Home Improvement
Expert:  Edward replied 10 years ago.


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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 10 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 10 years ago.

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


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

Customer: replied 10 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 10 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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