Rose Of Sharon Shrubs Have Worms Or Caterpillars That Match Bark Color And Eat Foliage

Question From: Bramwell, West Virginia, United States
Q: My rose of Sharon shrubs have a caterpillar that matches the bark of the shrub. These worms strip the leaves from the new foliage and eat holes in the older leaves. What can I do. This has been a regular nuisance for a couple of years.

A: Betty, You need to identify the worm or the caterpillar and then get a product that your are comfortable using to control it. Put a couple of leaves with the caterpillars attached in a plastic bag and take them to your local independent garden center or nursery for an accurate Id. They should be able to help you choose the right product to achieve control. Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy