Leafy Greens Have Holes

Asked July 6, 2015, 10:01 PM EDT

What organic method can be used to stop bugs from eating holes in my leafy greens (mustard, kale, bok choy, etc.)

Washtenaw County Michigan vegetable pests

1 Response

There are a number of insects that can feed on greens. The cabbageworm, loopers, and diamondback moth are small caterpillars that can feed on plants such as cabbage and kale as well as other greens. Caterpillars can be managed by using Bt, a soil-borne bacteria.

For more information on pest of vegetables, visit the following site from Purdue University Extension: Vegetable Insect Identification

For information on Bt, click on this publication from Colorado State University Extension: Bacillus thuringiensis