Geranium Buds Have Small Holes And There Are Black Bits On Leaves Just Below The Buds

Question From: M. Bickford - Fair Oaks, California, United States
Q: My geraniums bloomed profusely in April, May and part of June. Now the new buds have small holes in them and the is black bits on the leaves under these buds. What can be done?

A: Tobbaco bud worm is the culprit. The feed at night. so go hunting with a flashlight. Bt spray can also be used. Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy