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Million Dollar Idea to Find Tomato Hornworms Fast!

Million Dollar Idea to Find Tomato Hornworms Fast!

I HATE TOMATO WORMS!!! aka Hornworms aka Tobacco Worms


How do you know you have tomato worms?



And Destruction.

Bugs and fungus in garden 05-17-2012

Every year they plague our garden. We spend countless minutes and hours under the hot blazing sun trying to find these little Tomato Plant terminators!

My Million Dollar Idea:

At any Veterinary Clinic I have ever worked at, we had a little handheld black light. Mostly to search for skin fungus. Well after spending an hour in the garden looking for one horn worm on only one of my 30 plants, it hits me!

The tomato worms have white strips, I bet they glow! Sure enough they did!!!!!!

Our garden quickly turned into a “cosmic rave”. It literally took me and my husband under 10 minutes to locate over 20 tomato worms on our tomato plants. Done!!!

You can see the same plant under the naked eye  versus the black light. Huge difference. We even found worms the size of a spaghetti noodle.


They quickly became chicken food and therefore helping complete the Garden Full Circle.

I thought I was such a genius and I couldn’t wait to share my discovery with the world. Then I googled it. It has indeed been done before. Dang it. Ha!

I am also including a link to the actual handheld blacklight I used. Super affordable!

Get your Blacklight Here!