How do I control caterpillars?


There are many types of caterpillars. Some are pests, but some may become butterflies that are beneficial to your garden.

Hoverflies and robber flies feed on many insects, including leafhoppers and caterpillars.

Composite flowers (daisy and chamomile) and mints (spearmint, peppermint, or catnip) attract predatory wasps, hoverflies, and robber flies that help control many pests in the garden. An easy plant to grow from seed is yarrow (Achillea), another lure of beneficials.

For information on identifying caterpillars, see these links: Identifying Caterpillars, Caterpillar Guides.

These links provide information on plants that attract beneficial insects: Plants That Attract Beneficial Insects, Natural Pest Control, and Companion Planting to Control Insect Balance.

With an army of helpers your garden will fare much better. Good gardening!


For tips on a variety of gardening topics, see our Plant Information Guides.
Courtesy of NYBG Plant Information Service

  • Last Updated Apr 02, 2018
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  • Answered By Anita Finkle

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