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Posted: 18 April 2012 07:28 PM   [ Ignore ]
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I was pulling a few leaves (hundreds of maple trees) from a small flower garden in our front yard.  We have some evergreen bushes, a magnolia tree and a bunch of other random items.  Tonight I noticed what I thought was a cocoon of some kind.  Then I noticed another and another.  There were HUNDREDS all over the evergreens and even in the magnolia.  They all looked the same.  I opened a couple up and they all had one small wax work looking white larvae in them.  No idea what they are, but there are a lot of them.  Each cocoon was about 1.5” long.

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Posted: 18 April 2012 08:10 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Looks like you need some spray..Id say silk worm or bagworm…Not good though!!!

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Posted: 18 April 2012 08:27 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Yeah,if you got hundreds you might need to find a spray that targets them.You can pick them by hand if they haven’t started to hatch yet..or,if you have kids offer them a small bounty for everyone they pick.But,you should try to get rid of them as much as possible.I believe that they can do damage and can spread to other trees.

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Posted: 19 April 2012 07:21 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I had these on some evergreens on my property when I bought it and before I noticed them it was to LATE.  They are Bag Worms and will wipe your trees out.  I would call a professional to spray your trees.

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Posted: 19 April 2012 07:25 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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I haven’t seen bag worms even close to my area in many many years.

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Posted: 19 April 2012 07:26 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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CRAP, just googled bag worms.  The first pics I saw were cocoons like these.  crap crap crap

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Posted: 19 April 2012 07:39 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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CRAP is right; like I said call a professional

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Posted: 19 April 2012 07:41 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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I will, thanks and welcome to the forum.  I think since all the neighborhood kids seem to end up at my house after school, I may have to put them to work today.  Need to think of a contest for them.  hmmmm

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Posted: 19 April 2012 07:58 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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DAIRY QUEEN works every time for my kids.

Make sure you get the ones at the top.  It doesn’t take many or very long to do some major damage.  I can see in the first pic where it looks like there is already some damage (the brown needles).  The needles are what they eat.

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Posted: 19 April 2012 08:47 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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You can spray them yourself and save some money. About any store that has garden supplies will have something that gets rid of them. And unless you already have one, buy a little 3-4 gallon hand pump sprayer. The sprayer will be 30-40 dollars and the pesticide may cost around $10. I think I use Ortho brand because I can use it on my fruit & pine trees and my garden also. I have White, Spruce, Blue Spruce and Cedars and I had Bag Worms and it got rid of them. I always spray my trees at least once in the spring even if I don’t see any to keep them off and it also helps to keep other harmful insects off them.

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Posted: 19 April 2012 08:50 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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I probably already have everything.  Two sprayers, one for round up and one for fertilizer/bug killer and I should have a bottle of Seven laying around.  I think that stuff works on these worms.

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Posted: 19 April 2012 10:25 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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I would think Seven should work but it should say on the directions. I always double check before spraying. If it don’t have both the type of critter and type of plant/tree I am spraying I won’t use it.

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Posted: 19 April 2012 11:13 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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I will go get something new.  I don’t know how old that stuff is and might as well not take a chance.

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Posted: 19 April 2012 11:19 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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Anyway you can cut those things off and hot-glue them to all the honey locust trees at my place?

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Posted: 19 April 2012 12:15 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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John, you are welcome to come and pick them all off and take them with you.  They will be getting sprayed tonight so you better hurry.

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Posted: 19 April 2012 12:42 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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They are bagworms for sure. Those are the old bags from last year though. The new ones don’t typically hatch until early June.  When they hatch they are the size of a pencil tip, and they “Balloon” on a thread of webbing and fly to another location. Half of the old bags are male and empty, and the other half are full of eggs waiting to hatch. Its very easy for a homeowner to spray with liquid Sevin when they are young and easy to kill.  Once they reach 1/2” long or more, you need to call a licensed applicator. Also could try Spinosad, but Sevin is so easy

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