Declaring war on cutworms
After reading stuff all over the internet, in books, asking my extention agent it seems like it is a battle after their attack.
I would like to try to starve the little buggers out. I have 2 raised bed that were infested last year. I wonder if I removed all the soil and started new compost pile with the soil and shreaded leaves and other dead stuff. No fresh greens. Can I starve them out? How long until the worms/eggs die? Or will they just wait it out?
Below is some of the info I found and advice given in case others can use it.
Rotate your beds into another type of crop. Scout for cut worms in the evening when they're active. Use barriers around stemmed sets like tomatoes and broccoli. From what I've read, bt products are not very effective on cutworms because they're so large - by the time the bt works, your veggies are already eaten.
http://pmo.umext.maine.edu/factsht/cutwm.htm CUTWORMS - UMaine Extension
http://extension.unh.edu/resources/files/Resource000547_Rep569.pdf CUTWORMS - UNH
http://www.extension.umn.edu/distribution/horticulture/M1225.html CUTWORMS in HOME GARDENS - UMN
http://www.umassvegetable.org/soil_crop_pest_mgt/pdf_files/cutworms_in_seedlings.pdf UMASS Vegetable Pests - bt not always effective on most cut worms
http://www.mofga.org/Default.aspx?PageContentID=34&tabid=134 MOFGA - Cut Worm Pest Report 2006