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Caterpillars And Harvest

Discussion in 'General Outdoor Growing' started by Fyre, Oct 1, 2018.

  1. Fyre

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    Hi, I'm having an issue with caterpillars in my 8th week of flowering sunset sherbet and girl time. The last few days of inspecting the plants I've been pulling off the little buggers and seeing spots where they laid waste to some of the buds.
    My question is, no matter how much I stare at the buds I can't keep up with them. Hairs are turning brown and glands seen milky to me but not sure. Would you pick now or hang in there a little longer? It's killing me to see damaged buds.
     
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  2. Fyre

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    If this makes a difference, forecast shows rain for the next two days in NorCal.
     
  3. Take em.. they look done or close enough ..
     
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  4. Fyre

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    Thanks for the reply. I'll be taking them down tonight and doing a bud wash. Never done that before but I'm kind of grossed out by everything I could see on the plants looking for the caterpillars.
     
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  5. Fyre

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    Follow up report...
    Cut down my sunset sherbet and ended up having to toss most of the colas, too much internal damage and poop. I'll be lucky to end up with an oz.
    I'm letting the girl time go longer as it's for sure not ready and so far I haven't found any cats on it. Two more weeks or so and I'll have an update.
    Next time I'm going with a greenhouse or at the minimum, netting, ugh!
     
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  6. Next time use B.T. at the start of flower. Also if you have any other plants with damage of course chop them before the rain
     
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  7. Rcubed

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    Caterpillars suck. I sprayed BT at the first hint of flower up until 2 weeks before chop and still got some damage. When they get inside those buds they don't eat the BT and they don't die. I lost about 20% of my Berry Bomb and GG outdoor crop to caterpillars. They didn't like the White Widow much so I didn't lose much of that. Here's a nug one trashed
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  8. Madmax

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    They are bastards..sometimes i get em sometimes i dont..white cabbage moth is the culprit here, id sit there for ages and see them in places..didnt get them last yr..whats this B.T Cali is it avail world wide..ive never actually used anything to prevent them from laying eggs on buds,leaf etc..can that b used before you see them..

    Cheers max
     
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  9. Madbud

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    Try finding these, and i think its a lo moth, poisonous hairs
     
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  10. Rcubed

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    Bt is Bacillus Thuringiensis. Its a bacteria that attacks the gut of caterpillars after they ingest it. Its a safe organic solution
     
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    Thanks bro..i will ask the guys where i get my organic suppliements from if they have it in store ..a must have on the shelf..
     
  12. You can pick them off first thing in the morning or at dusk easiest,i like to use a bamboo shish bebab skewer.
    BT is also the ingredient in mosquito dunks which most garden stores have.
     
  13. Madbud

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    I use a switchblade and throw them into spider webs, but thats me
     
  14. Fyre

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    Luckily they didn't seem to like the GirlTime (GSC X Timewreck) letting this go another week tops.
     
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  15. Fyre

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    Going to take her down tonight.
     
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