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By KStap18
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#358640
Hi everyone. So I've looked up posts about common pests that CPs encounter. But this one in particular, I haven't seen. Attached is a picture of a what looks like the common house fly larva but this one produces a web or silk in the path that it follows and eventually settles in a location wrapping itself loosely around this web/silk. I've noticed that if it goes through the moss or the plants leaves, it essentially dries it up and kills the areas it touches. The whole plant as a whole is fine though.

Just wondered if anyone has these too and how to get rid of them. They appear every once in a while, but the damage done, especially to seedling, is pretty drastic!

Thanks!
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By ChefDean
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#358695
There are quite a few caterpillars and that ilk that release a line of silk/web when they move. To help pin it down, what part of the country are you in?
I know I've received a couple of SASE's from you, but I can't remember where you live.
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By KStap18
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I'm in San Diego, but I also temper seeing them in my collection when I lived in San Francisco for couple months. Maybe a California bug?
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I can't pin down the exact species, but looks like a type of tent worm. They usually live in packs, so either this one got separated from its family, or be on the lookout for more.
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By KStap18
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Thanks for your input! Yeah I keep seeing them appear randomly on different days. Do you think Bayer 3-in-1 would control them?
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I think it would, but I would do a light spray once a week for four to six weeks with that. Then, if I saw more, I would either spot treat or manually remove the critter.
If they are feeding in your plant, the 3 in 1 should also help as it gives a systemic protection as well I believe.
Good luck.

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