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Cultural control of Cucurbit Armyworm
Recognize the problem
Armyworm is a leaf feeder of
cucurbits and can cause large economic losses to farmers, as the insect eats
The moth lays eggs in clusters
under the leaf. The larvae is generally green with a black ring around the
head. They are the size of a small finger when fully grown. When they appear
on the crop, they feed in large numbers on the leaves, leaving behind only the
The armyworm larvae
do not only feed on cucurbits. They also live on other crops and weeds in the
field. Therefore, the armyworm can be controlled by removing weeds and other
host plants like jantar, tobacco, okra, and berseem. It is also possible to
reduce the number of armyworms by destroying the egg masses that are found on
the underside of leaves.
aims to reduce the number of pests in the field by removing the affected plant
parts and destroying them.
Cultural control is
easy to apply and is more environmentally friendly than most measures that
reduce the number of armyworms eggs and grubs in the field, visit the field
twice a week and complete the following:
- Remove the leaves that have egg masses on
their underside. Put them all in a paper bag and burn them outside the field.
- Remove as many visible caterpillars as
possible. Put them all in a paper bag and burn them outside the field.
- Remove alternate host plants like jantar, tobacco, okra, and berseem from the field and burn them
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