Mint Plant Worms

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Mint Plant Worms

Having small worms climbing and eating away on your mint plant is unfortunately not completely uncommon. The ones we talk about are called cutworms. These are small and green and will eat away on the plant during the night and during the day hide in the soil under it.

These can be a real issue for your plant as they eat away rather quickly. Fortunately you should be able to see when this is starting to happen and you will be able to decide what to do about it. In this article we will discuss a few things to mitigate this happening and what to do when it has gone too far.

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Mint Plant Worms

Just like we mentioned in the beginning of this article here, the worms that are attacking your plant are called cutworms. They are green in the color and can be a real hassle to your mint plant.

As they will start to eat on it during the night they can be difficult to spot and get rid of manually. In the day they are instead hiding under the surface around the plant. So the best thing to do here might be to dig a few inches down and look for the larva. Remove them and you will hopefully have gained some valuable time for your mint plant to regrow again.

That is one of the best methods to use if you don’t want to have pesticides or chemicals on your plants to save them from attacks like this. Since that will have a pretty bad long term effect on the health of your soil and surrounding plants too.

Something we want to include here as well that might seem obvious is keeping the plant as healthy as possible. This will in return make sure that the plant has a better natural defense for attacks like this, but also against pests and diseases that can affect it.

If you are wondering if your mint plants will be attracting any flies then we have written an article dedicated to that topic. You can find it right here, Do Mint Plants Attract Flies.

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How Do I Get Rid Of Mint Bugs

Getting rid of bugs that are attacking your mint plant is a hard task as it will usually require either a lot of manual hand work or the use of pesticides. But the last option is not something we like to do as it can greatly harm the health of your soil and cause issues down the road in the future.

But if you want to use that then look for insecticides such as pyrethrum or rosemary oil. These will create an unfavorable environment for the insects and cause them to die off eventually. They will cause no harm to the plant itself.

Another tip is to use garlic water. This is something you can do at home and will also ot cause any harm to the plant itself, but will create a very hostile place for the insects or mites.

If your mint plant is turning brown then it can be caused by a few different things. In this article here we talk about this and what you can do to prevent it, Mint Plant Stems Turning Brown.

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How Do I Get Rid Of Caterpillars On My Mint

The best method that we have found for getting rid of caterpillars on your mint plant is by a simple trick. You will want to mix water and vinegar equally in a spray bottle.

Then use this on the caterpillars attacking your mint plant. It will cause great harm to them but not as much as for your mint plant. But just don’t overdo it as vinegar is very acidic and can eventually damage your mint.

Doing this and also manually removing some of the caterpillars is our favorite approach. They have proven effective and we will continue to use them.

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