How Bacillus Thuringiensis Bacteria Is Now Being Used To Kill Anything From Webworms To Cankerworms In Trees & Gardens

Aug 1, 2017

Mousetraps, chemicals, sprayings - these are the typical methods of extermination that we are used to, but now a new natural pesticide is revolutionizing the way we think about the pest control industry. Bacillus thuringiensis(BT) is a microbial disease that only attacks a specific host by targeting its unique pH acidity. Bacillus thuringiensis bacteria is most effective at eradicating webworms and cankerworms in trees and gardens, and BT is available to commercial lawn care applicators.

cankerworms on a branch in san antonio texas

Webworms were named for the intricate webs that they weave during for their larval stage before they become moths. In their caterpillar stage, webworms can potentially defoliate your deciduous trees. Some common trees most affected by these pests are pecan, ash, peach, and Spanish oaks.

Cankerworms, also known as inchworms, are a problem because they can live from anywhere from 2 to 18 years. Although there have been no recent widespread breakouts of cankerworms in San Antonio, isolated incidents do happen from time to time. As with the webworm, constant defoliation from the cankerworm can have a negative effect on the health of your trees.

To learn more about Bacillus thuringiensis, and how to eliminate unwanted webworms and cankerworms from your trees and greenery, visit the Family Pest Control website at or call them today at 210-681-5094.


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