Little green bastards attacking my cones - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Hops Growing > Little green bastards attacking my cones

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 07-24-2008, 10:05 PM   #1
cuinrearview
 
cuinrearview's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Feb 2008
Delton, MI
Posts: 1,152
Liked 7 Times on 5 Posts



I've encountered my first real pest problem. I have had about four of these little green worms on my cascade plant. They pull a cone next to a leaf, web them together, them sit between and munch away. It's hard to see because I have a lot of cones, and they're packed pretty closely. When I pull the leaf and cone apart, the worm drops off and hangs by a strand of webbing. Really not a huge problem, just annoying as they chew through a cone pretty quickly, and I assume (haven't given one a chance yet) move to the next. I'm close enough to harvest that I probably won't use any chemicals on them, just wondered if anyone knows what they are.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-24-2008, 10:21 PM   #2
McKBrew
 
McKBrew's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Oct 2006
Hayden, Idaho
Posts: 8,204
Liked 35 Times on 30 Posts


I don't know. I'm wondering if it's a similar bugger that was chewing on my leaves. Have you considered an organic (food safe) spray? There are some made out of oils and hot peppers that might work.
__________________
Make Beer, Not War.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-24-2008, 11:59 PM   #3
RommelMagic
 
RommelMagic's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jan 2007
Highland Falls, NY
Posts: 362

Next year you should buy some praying mantis eggs and hatch them in the hop garden. All purpose, o'natural bug control.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-25-2008, 07:52 AM   #4
Spoonta
Recipes 
 
Sep 2005
Western Australia
Posts: 193

white oil would be the go to make 1 cup of cooking oil 1 tsp washing up liquid 1/2 cup water to us mix 40ml of concentrate to 1l of water spray those little [email protected] and the plant about once a fortnight
__________________
"There is nothing more lonesome than a pub with no beer" (slim dusty)


Primary
blonde ale & Belgium Ale
Secondary #1
Empty
Bottled
Corona & Coopers Ginger beer
Kegged
Kolsh & Hopped Pale Ale

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-25-2008, 12:42 PM   #5
clemson55
Recipes 
 
Nov 2005
Newport News, VA
Posts: 662
Liked 3 Times on 2 Posts


People would be more likely to know what they are if there was a pic.
__________________
Primary - Empty
Secondary - Empty
Bottle Conditioning - None
Drinking - Peanut Butter Oatmeal Stout, Barleywine, Saison, APA, Strawberry mead
In the Works - Summer Rye for my wedding, May 15, 2010

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-25-2008, 09:09 PM   #6
hopboy
Recipes 
 
Jun 2008
Westminster, CO
Posts: 34

Spoonta has it right. Dish soap and cooking oil "usually" helps. The was the recommendation from Colorado State U. Research PhD., Dr. Ron Godin, an organic and hop specialist.

We brewed with home grown hops 12 yers ago and we called it Aphid Ale as the aphids made it all the way to the bottle...my brew boy's processes have changed since then as well as we haven't brewed with them since.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-01-2008, 02:49 AM   #7
uuurang
Recipes 
 
Mar 2007
madison, wi
Posts: 300
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts


I have these basturd worms on my centennial cones. I'm worried they will move to the cascades soon. Must find remedy...
__________________

"Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration." Lincoln's First Annual Message to Congress, December 3, 1861.


 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-01-2008, 02:55 AM   #8
billtzk
Recipes 
 
Apr 2007
Dallas
Posts: 1,624
Liked 23 Times on 21 Posts


They are probably cut worms. Use Dipel dust. Find it at a lawn and garden store that carries organic natural pesticides. I don't think you'd find it at HD or Lowes but I could be wrong.

Dipel dust looks like talcum powder or finely ground flour. It has Bacillus thuringiensis in it. You sprinkle it on the plants. The worms eat it and after a few hours they stop eating and die. It is safe for humans and you can use it right up until harvest.

I use it on my tomato plants to control various caterpillars and worms. It works great.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-04-2008, 03:14 AM   #9
uuurang
Recipes 
 
Mar 2007
madison, wi
Posts: 300
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts


Is this what they look like?
[IMG][/IMG]

...and is this what they do to you hop cones?
[IMG][/IMG]
[IMG][/IMG]
__________________

"Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration." Lincoln's First Annual Message to Congress, December 3, 1861.


 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-04-2008, 03:29 AM   #10
cuinrearview
 
cuinrearview's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Feb 2008
Delton, MI
Posts: 1,152
Liked 7 Times on 5 Posts


Nope, that's not it. They like to get right into the core of the cones and munch out from there. I'm pretty sure they're cabbage worms. They are the exact same color, head to tail, as the cones. I think that I've pretty much eliminated them from my mature plant, so I should be good to go to harvest!

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Those bastards!! Uh, maybe not. gplutt Drunken Ramblings and Mindless Mumbling 30 12-30-2008 09:55 PM
Lars Frederiksen and the bastards! GregR Drunken Ramblings and Mindless Mumbling 56 12-11-2008 07:53 PM
Bank of America are thieving bastards Tenchiro Drunken Ramblings and Mindless Mumbling 21 10-15-2008 04:23 PM
Crazy goose attacking dog wildwest450 General Chit Chat 3 05-08-2008 11:04 PM
You bastards MikeFlynn74 Equipment/Sanitation 16 04-29-2008 06:02 PM


Forum Jump