If you don’t want to fill your tomatoes with pesticides, you will battle caterpillars of many kinds.
If you walk out and see stems without leaves, you are likely battling hornworms.
Hornworms are called this because of their “horns”.
There are 3 ways to get rid of them.
1. Pick them off. This works if you have superior vision and know how to spot them. (When you crush them, they pop green guts every where).
Here is a picture of hornworm poop:
3. Use natural products that only kill caterpillars. You can purchase a dust or spray that contains “BT”. It’s a bacteria called Bacillus thuringiensis. It crystallizes in the caterpillar’s gut and causes a natural death. Totally harmless to ladybugs and honeybees.
So look at your plants daily, pick off any worms you see, use BT, and enjoy your homegrown tomatoes!
Happy tomato growing!