Rude Cabbage Worms and Remedies

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Last month, I noticed a white butterfly fluttering around our garden. I immediately found it’s activity to be quite suspicious. It would not go away. There was something in our garden that tickled it’s fancy. I, however, didn’t know it was about our beloved cabbage. Two weeks later, I suppose, I started to notice teeny little holes in the cabbage plants that I was ever so proud of. So after noticing the holes in the our cabbage, I knew they had been attacked by cabbage worms. And I had discovered that the white butterfly that I had seen weeks prior, was the culprit. I tried making my own cabbage repellent solution and it failed me. It consisted of a combination of water, Fels Naptha shavings, and vanilla extract. It’s basically used to mask the smell of the cabbage to keep the worms at bay. Maybe I needed to add more of something to the solution, but it was unsuccessful.

dusted cabbage

After two days of spraying, the holes continued to get worse and the broccoli became victim of the little munchin’ monsters. I went out during the evening to discover worms all over our cabbage and broccoli. I removed the nasty little buggers, sprayed the cabbage and broccoli down again with my homemade solution and dusted them with flour. So far so good. And for good measure, I’ve just started using an eco-friendly garden insect killer by Eco Smart. They sent me a bundle of their products which also included the insect repellent (we’re always needing this), weed and grass killer (we have a few eyesores), and garden fungicide (just in case, I can’t take anymore surprises).

Since cabbage worms are such an invasive garden pest, I decided to include some information about the critters and how to get rid of them. Oh, and I have a little giveaway below that may come in handy :).

Cabbage worms attack the following:
Cabbage, Brussels sprouts, Collards, Rutabaga, Turnips, Cauliflower, Kale, Mustard Greens, Kohlrabi, Radishes, and Broccoli.

Your crops may be at risk of cabbage worms if:

  • You notice white butterflies fluttering around the garden during the day or brown diamondback moths at night.
  • You notice dark green droppings and oval-shaped, pale yellow eggs on the leaves of your plants. Be sure to check the undersides too.
  • You notice any holes in the centers of plant leaves and unexplained rips in the plant leaves.

Cabbage worms can be prevented and controlled by:

  • Planting mint, sage, rosemary, thyme or hyssop alongside the cabbage plants to repel the worms.
  • Applying hot pepper spray (1/2 cup of ground hot peppers into 1 pint of water) every four to five days.
  • Dusting plants with white flour after watering or during the morning dew.
  • Using floating row covers for plants, especially in late spring when cabbage worms emerge.
  • Placing a nylon stocking over each cabbage head until harvest time.
  • Hand picking and destroying any worms at the first sight.
Win an EcoSmart Value Bundle!

EcoSmart would like to give away a value bundle ($33 ARV) to one Sophistishe reader! Winner will be able to choose from the Safe Home Value Bundle, Safe Plant & Garden Value Bundle, Safe Picnic Value Bundle, or Safe Patio Value Bundle.

And the winner is… Mike (mtdoonmeister)! Congrats!

To Enter

Let me know what value bundle you’d need and why!

Extra Entries

Leave a separate comment for each entry you complete.

Comments will close on July 30th, 2011 at 7PM CST. A winner from the continental U.S. will then be randomly selected and announced at the top of this post. Check out my Giveaway Rules if you have any questions. Good luck!

This post has been sponsored by EcoSmart with samples and the above giveaway prize. All opinions (if expressed) are always my own. Read my full disclosure policy here.

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89 Comments

  • July 30, 2011

    Jaque R.

    I need the Safe Lawn and Outdoor Value Bundle because I have problems with weeds and often hornets. Thank you.

  • July 30, 2011

    Mari

    I’d pick the safe patio bundle because we spenda lot of time in the backyard in the summer.

  • July 30, 2011

    Steph A

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  • July 30, 2011

    Steph A

    I’d probably choose the safe picnic value bundle!

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    susan smoaks

    i need the Safe Bed Bug Home and Travel Value Bundle to make me feel safe

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  • July 30, 2011

    kathy p

    id love the Safe Plant & Garden Value Bundle because i see all kinds of little critters on my plants and i think they are sucking the life out of them :(

  • July 30, 2011

    Dara Nix

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  • July 30, 2011

    Dara Nix

    I would choose the Safe Home Value Bundle! When you live in Florida, there is ALWAYS something creeping, crawling or flying around! But I don’t like using traditional products around my cats (or myself, for that matter)! This would be a great way to combat the problem without endangering the household residents (both 2- and 4-legged)!

  • July 30, 2011

    Viva

    I’d love the Safe Home Value Bundle because I hate putting poisons inside and these would be great to try. Thanks!

  • July 30, 2011

    Lisa G.

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  • July 30, 2011

    Lisa G.

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  • July 30, 2011

    Lisa G.

    I’m your fan on Facebook user Lisa Garner.
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  • July 30, 2011

    Lisa G.

    I commented on the playdate post.
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  • July 30, 2011

    Lisa G.

    I would like the Safe Picnic Value Bundle so that when the weather cools down I can enjoy time BBQing with my children without the worry of insects.
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  • July 30, 2011

    Gianna

    Commented on your playdate post.

  • July 30, 2011

    Gianna

    Safe Plant & Garden Value Bundle since I have a garden.

  • July 30, 2011

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  • July 30, 2011

    R Hicks

    I want the Safe Picnic Value Bundle because we eat outside a lot and this would go a long way to keeping the bugs at bay!

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  • July 30, 2011

    Jennifer J

    i’d choose the safe patio value bundle because my little girl & i go onto our patio quite a bit to play & i want to protect the both of us while we’re there!

  • July 30, 2011

    Donna L

    I would like Safe Plant & Garden Value Bundle. We have little bugs eating my plants.

  • July 30, 2011

    Nancy

    I commented on your playdate post – what fun!

  • July 30, 2011

    Nancy

    I’d like the Safe Lawn and Outdoor Value Bundle.
    (My husband just got stung by a wasp yesterday when we were driving in the car, of all places!)

  • July 30, 2011

    Nikki Davis

    Twitter follower and Tweeted giveaway,

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  • July 30, 2011

    Nikki Davis

    I would love to have the Safe Plant & Garden Value Bundle, I need all the help I can get.

    Thank you for the entry,

  • July 30, 2011

    Sarah L

    I’ll take the safe picnic bundle because I don’t have a garden.
    Thanks for the contest.

  • July 30, 2011

    Betty C

    I’d love to have the Safe Plant & Garden Value Bundle but I think it may be too late to save some of my crop.

  • July 29, 2011

    Rebecca Shockley

    I need Safe Bed Bug Travel Value Bundle because these bugs are like an epidemic! My kids go to daycare and I don’t feel that they are anywhere near clean and germ free as they should be!

  • July 29, 2011

    barbara wright

    We could use the Safe Plant & Garden Value Bundle

  • July 29, 2011

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  • July 29, 2011

    charline

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  • July 29, 2011

    charline

    I would pick the safe patio value bundle
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  • July 29, 2011

    shawna

    I would like the Safe Plant & Garden Value Bundle

  • July 29, 2011

    Deborah Rosen

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  • July 29, 2011

    Deborah Rosen

    I liked EcoSMART on Facebook.

  • July 29, 2011

    Deborah Rosen

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  • July 29, 2011

    Deborah Rosen

    I left a comment on your playdate post.

  • July 29, 2011

    Deborah Rosen

    I’d need the Safe Plant & Garden Value Bundle because I have a garden, which means I have critters.

  • July 29, 2011

    Tonya Dean

    Safe Home Value Bundle. We keep getting those little black ants everywhere and they are driving us nuts.

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  • July 28, 2011

    Susan C

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  • July 28, 2011

    Susan C

    I would want the Safe Home Value Bundle because we have ants that we can’t seem to get rid of.
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  • July 28, 2011

    April

    I like the Safe Bed Bug Travel Value Bundle for traveling

  • July 28, 2011

    Dana

    i need the Safe Personal Care Value Bundle

  • July 28, 2011

    Huong Lam

    I like personal value bundle. It’s handy and easy to use.

  • July 28, 2011

    Kristie

    I need the Safe Patio Value Bundle because when you live in FL you can’t help but deal with roaches – YUCK!

  • July 26, 2011

    Amoeba

    I would definitely need the lawn & outdoor bundle… We have sooo many pests in our yard eating our plants and flowers!

  • July 26, 2011

    Ashley

    The Plant & Garden Bundle because we get lots of bugs and grass in our garden.

  • July 24, 2011

    Crystal K.

    I follow and tweeted:
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  • July 24, 2011

    Crystal K.

    I’m a Facebook Fan of EcoSmart.

  • July 24, 2011

    Crystal K.

    I’m a Facebook Fan of Sophistishe.

  • July 24, 2011

    Crystal K.

    I left a comment on your playdate post.

  • July 24, 2011

    Crystal K.

    I need the Safe Home Value Bundle because ants seem to be bad this year!

  • July 24, 2011

    Jennifer Marie

    I would need the Safe Plant & Garden Value Bundle

  • July 23, 2011

    Mike

    Following you on Twitter

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  • July 23, 2011

    Mike

    ‘Liked’ Ecosmart on FaceBook

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  • July 23, 2011

    Mike

    ‘Liked’ Sophistishe on FaceBook

    FB name: Mike M

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  • July 23, 2011

    Mike

    Commented on your play date post…

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  • July 23, 2011

    Mike

    I would use the Picnic collection. I really would like to be able to keep the bugs away without poisoning everything around me

    mtdoonmeister at gmail dot com

  • July 23, 2011

    Sarah

    http://twitter.com/#!/sarohioan/status/94673215003176961

  • July 23, 2011

    Sarah

    I need the Safe Patio bundle because we have lots of ants and mosquitos.

  • July 22, 2011

    Meaghan F.

    We could use the Safe Home Value Bundle. We live in the country and my room is the basement. Yeah, we get a lot of bugs. Miss_slytherin[at]live[dot]com

  • July 21, 2011

    Alicia Webster

    I would need the Safe Home Value Bundle the most because I am home with my three young children 98% of the time.
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  • July 21, 2011

    Geoff K

    I could use the Safe Plant & Garden Value Bundle the most because our garden often gets infested with weeds and pesky bugs, so it would be great to have some added protection. Thanks!

  • July 19, 2011

    Kimberly B.

    I follow you and tweeted.
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  • July 19, 2011

    Kimberly B.

    I’m a Facebook Fan of EcoSmart.

  • July 19, 2011

    Kimberly B.

    I’m a Facebook Fan of Sophistishe.

  • July 19, 2011

    Kimberly B.

    I would need the Safe Home Bundle the most because I don’t want to use anything that is not safe for my family and my pets. Also, this is the time of year that the pests try to make their way in.

  • July 19, 2011

    tracey k in ohio

    Wow! Looks like the “munchers” got you pretty bad! I posted about this @ my “If I Plant It Blog”: I had been using a mix of melted Ivory soap in a spray bottle – wasn’t working. So I found Ortho “EcoSense” Insecticidal spray. It’s very gentle & can be used on veggies & flower leaves. Hope your harvest recovers. :-)

  • July 19, 2011

    SANDY

    Safe Home Value Bundle

  • July 18, 2011

    mich pendergrass

    I commented on the playdate post :)

  • July 18, 2011

    mich pendergrass

    I’m a fan on Facebook :)

  • July 18, 2011

    mich pendergrass

    Can I enter?! I need the Safe Plant & Garden Value Bundle!!

  • July 18, 2011

    sandra

    i’d need the patio bundle because it has an extra insect repellent and we’ve got tons of mosquitos

  • July 18, 2011

    Terry

    I would like the Safe Plant & Garden value bundle. It seems like the bugs are bad this year due to all our rain (Oregon) and the leaves on certain plants have been eaten by something!!!!

  • July 18, 2011

    Linda Lansford

    a Facebook Fan of Sophistishe

  • July 18, 2011

    Linda Lansford

    I want Safe Home Value Bundle to keep us safe

  • July 18, 2011

    Kristie

    I’m a fan on facebook.

  • July 18, 2011

    Kristie

    This time of year the Safe Lawn and Outdoor Value Bundle would be great! I’d love to get rid of the weeds between cracks in the cement and there are always wasps and hornets nests popping up. Plus we could use the insect repellent…mosquitoes and ticks are really bad this year!

  • July 18, 2011

    Ann F

    We could really use the EcoSmart Safe Home Value bundle because we always have problems with ants and yellow jackets during the summer months.

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  • So why don’t all BIG farms use this stuff? Sounds good.

    • July 18, 2011

      Sheena

      That is a really good question! EcoSmart should start producing their sprays in commercial sizes ;).

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