Newly Registered
Posts: 1
Joined: Sun Oct 07, 2012 7:49 pm
Location: Los Angeles

What Is This Eating My Basil?

Hello. This is my first attempt at gardening & I'm encountering my very first battle with ... whatever this insect is ... that is chewing up all my basil leaves.


I am hoping someone can help me identify what it is & how to get rid of them.

Thank you!

User avatar
Super Green Thumb
Posts: 3527
Joined: Sun Sep 26, 2010 5:10 pm
Location: ID/Wa! border

Well, he's kind of a cute little guy but I bet you don't thinks so right now :wink: .

Maybe an inch worm . . . whatever the case, he is a caterpillar so a caterpillar spray should work on him and the others that are still so small they can hardly be found.

Bt (Thuricide) is a caterpillar spray. So is Spinosad.

He is so tiny &, maybe, tender - a soap spray might work on him and his brothers. Remember however that any spray may damage the plants that it is used on. Dish soap is made to wash dishes. I will use it on sunflowers and things but for plants that I am more cautious about, insecticidal soap seems a better choice.

Besides, we usually go after aphids rather than the other bugs, with a soap.

We are each other's harvest; we are each other's business; we are each other's magnitude and bond. ~ Gwendolyn Brooks

Susan W
Greener Thumb
Posts: 1859
Joined: Mon Jul 06, 2009 6:46 pm
Location: Memphis, TN

I had some inch worms both on some basil and some mint. As there weren't many, just tried checking (underside of leaves) frequently and picking off. If you see where one has spun a cocoon on the underside of a leaf, definitely destroy!
Have fun!

Return to “Herb Gardening Forum”