Plants in pest control
- Deep ditch
Plow a deep ditch.
Keep it filled with water. This method is helpful, when larvae are found to be moving towards your field from the adjacent fields.
Another method is to dig a deep ditch with vertical sides to trap the larvae and prevent them from crawling out. Dig a hole, a diameter of a fence post, in every 10 meters within the ditch. Larvae are lured to congregate in the holes. Collect and properly dispose the trapped larvae (Scott, 2003).
- Pitfall traps (The University of Wisconsin, 2003)
- Bring herds of cattle, sheep, and/or goats back and forth across affected areas to step on the worms.
- Beat the worms with sticks and twigs.
- Hand pick the larvae and feed these to chickens and ducks.
- Listen to radio announcements to prepare oneself for armyworm outbreaks.