Sawfly larvae. larva (Symphyta sp.) feeding along edge of leaf from blueberry cultivar (Vaccinium corymbosum) in garden. (Photo by: Arterra/Philippe Clément/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
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The Simple Tape Trick
For Removing Larvae Eggs From Plants
Sticky tape, or even painter's tape, can be used to remove eggs, larvae, and adult pests from plants, as demonstrated by TikTok user @kia_urbangardener.
Avoid anything made for heavy-duty tasks like duct tape or Gorilla tape, which will certainly remove the pests, but will likely take most of the leaf with it.
Wrap the tape around your hand (with the sticky side facing out) as close to the fingertips as possible to reach tight spaces, like the spots near the stem, where pests lay eggs.
Gently touch the top and bottom of the leaves with your tape-covered hand to pick up all the tiny eggs, larvae, and small pests.
You can repeat this process as often as needed without using chemicals or waiting a certain number of days between pesticide application and harvest.