How to Get Rid of Bagworms Naturally

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Bagworms often defoliate conifer and deciduous trees. The worms move slowly, because the queen does not fly, making it possible to remove them naturally. Bagworms winter over as eggs inside a small sack on the female. The sacks enlarge in early summer when the larvae attach to the tree and grow. Remove the sacks naturally during this four-week growth period for best results.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic bag
  • Rubber gloves
  • Inspect the tree to verify the bags contain bagworms. The 2-inch bags are cone-shaped and hang from the end of the branches. Infected conifers have bags that appear as small pinecones.

  • Pick the bags off the tree by hand and place them in a plastic bag. Wear rubber gloves.

  • Check the tree to verify the removal of all bags.

  • Inspect surrounding trees and remove any bags from worms that have spread.

  • Tie the plastic bag closed and dispose in the garbage or burn to prevent spreading the worms to other trees in the area.

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