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You know it takes a lot to make me angry or mad I guess is the word, but when somebody comes along or something comes along and eats my Thanksgiving tomato, and that's what this tomato would have been, my Thanksgiving tomato, it kind of makes me a little bit mad.

Now what's done it, and as you see what's ravaged this tomato plant in front of me, eating a lot of big tomatoes, little tomatoes, and everything else, are these big old hornworms, these big worms. Now this is one type of worm that eats plants. Now of course we've talked about cabbage loopers or loopers that eat holes in broccoli, like this one in front of me, and they can do a lot of damage in a hurry.

As you can see these tomato hornworms did this overnight. So they can do a lot of damage in a hurry, especially when you're trying to produce this fruit for the Thanksgiving dinner. Now you can either go out and spray these with regular insecticide, but really the best thing is the safest thing to use on these. It's a product that contains Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt.) so to speak. It's sold under several names such as biological worm control, or Bt. the caterpillar killer, or they've even got a...

This is Jerry Parsons Vegetable Specialist for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service the Weekend Gardener.

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