A few weeks ago, I picked a tomato that had been half eaten. I should have known to look for parasites, but I did not. Hopefully I've learned that lesson for good now! I found 9 of these Tomato Horn worms on my tomato plants, mostly laying waste to our Tommy tomatoes!
After picking them off of the plants, most people squish the heads to kill them. Some chickens will even hunt and eat them before they get to this ginormous size! Here's a video of what we did with the ones we caught.
The ducks didn't know what to think about them at first, and I wish I would have showed them where they came from so they could learn to hunt them (the Muscovy are excellent at hunting insects, and now we've given them a taste for these awful worms!) Tomatoes are my favorite garden vegetable, I've been eagerly anticipating the day I walk out and get to pick a red one from my first, very own plant! These pests definitively turned me into a disgruntled gardener, but only briefly. They ate several tomatoes entirely and almost half of what was left of the crop! This is the biggest lesson I've learned this year. Now I know, first hand, the havoc they can reap and how to keep them away.
I did a brief amount of research on the issue, and found several solutions. The nature of life is not always easy, so I chose the easiest effective option when I have a choice, and in this case, it's FLOUR! I didn't have to go buy anything, it's an organic alternative, and has proven itself for over 30 years! The secret? FLOUR!
How to use flower to protect your tomato crops
Make a flour shaker
If you want an alternative to flour, I've also read that Corn Meal works just as well. .
What tips or tricks have worked for you to keep these worms at bay?