Caterpillar

FAQs - Pests of Landscape Plants
1.  Caterpillars
2.  Fire Ants
3.  Cockroaches

1. My oleander is covered with reddish-orange colored worms with black hairs. They are eating all the leaves.  How can I control them?
The eggs of the oleander caterpillar are laid on the new, tender growth. When the eggs hatch, the tiny worms cluster and feed on the branch tips. They can be easily controlled at this stage by simply pruning off these branch tips before the worms mature and migrate throughout the entire shrub.  See Insect Management on Landscape Plants.

2. How do I get rid of fire ants?
Fire ants are a harmful invasive species that can be found all over Florida. Read our fire ant guide and our fire ant bait management guide for information about managing these pests.

3. How do I get rid of cockroaches?
Read our cockroach guide to learn how to manage these common pests. We also have an article about the least toxic ways to control cockroaches.