What to do about tomato worms/pics...???
Just came in this early evening---tomato plants were fine during day----just looked now at 7pm and at least 1/3 of 2 plants were eaten.....I had never seen anything like this before...never had a problem...I looked closer and found this big green caterpillar like thing attached to where the branches were eaten bare...looking closer, I found about 6 more of various sizes...At first I thought they were some kind of pretty butterfly type insect, but I went on the internet and looked up tomato worm and there it was!looking on the ground I noticed they ate a lot and pooped all over the stepping stones below tomatoes.....I NEVER kill bugs, preferring to open a window and let the flies outside--but after I saw this damage, I got a tin bucket, some newspaper, put them in and lit a fire....I guess I found out what my limits
Question is: Where do they come from? All of a sudden, within couple of hours they were there and had eaten a lot!!
Is there a better way to get rid of them---deter them???