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Can anyone identify what's eating my Basil?

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Can anyone identify what's eating my Basil?

Post  wpatterson on 3/31/2012, 11:39 pm

These critters come out at night. Soon there won't be any Basil left.

What is it and how do I eliminate them?



Thanks for your response!

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It's an earwig - now what?

Post  wpatterson on 3/31/2012, 11:55 pm

There are a lot of these critters. Any suggestions on getting them before they finish off my Basil?

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Re: Can anyone identify what's eating my Basil?

Post  Too Tall Tomatoes on 4/1/2012, 12:15 am

That looks like an earwig to me. As far as getting rid of them goes, try this link...

http://forums2.gardenweb.com/forums/load/organic/msg051520163415.html

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Re: Can anyone identify what's eating my Basil?

Post  shannon1 on 4/1/2012, 3:38 am

earwig I think, use DE, or see if a trap made by putting a half cantalope rind flat side down next to basil. I think they will like the cantalope better since it is moist. Just before sunrise look to see if the trap worked. It works like a charm for sow/pill bugs and they have simular eating habits.

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Re: Can anyone identify what's eating my Basil?

Post  GWN on 4/1/2012, 10:57 am

Just before sunrise look to see if the trap worked.
thinking Wink so Shannon, THEN what happens ?

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Re: Can anyone identify what's eating my Basil?

Post  Goosegirl on 4/1/2012, 3:12 pm

Here is a link that gives natural solutions to pests. I had forgotten about the rolled up newspaper one! My dad used to do this in our garden, because all of my brothers had paper routes and it was easy to come by enough newspapers to scatter through the whole yard. Earwigs are attracted to moisture, so my dad used to dampen the newspapers as well, so not only would they be shelter for them once daylight hit, but because of the dampness, they would be attracted to them even in the dark hours. Of course, now I remember why I hated cleaning up the papers in the back yard as a child.....

http://www.cleannorth.org/help/answerbook/pesticides.html

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Re: Can anyone identify what's eating my Basil?

Post  shannon1 on 4/2/2012, 12:13 am

@GWN wrote:
Just before sunrise look to see if the trap worked.
Wink so Shannon, THEN what happens ?
Once traped/attracted you dispatch them quickly.

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Re: Can anyone identify what's eating my Basil?

Post  CapeCoddess on 7/25/2013, 9:22 am

I looked up flea beetle and leafhopper, since these guys spring away when I got to squish them, but no photos look like these:


What are they and is there an organic solution besides potting the basil plants up and bringing them indoors?
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Re: Can anyone identify what's eating my Basil?

Post  Triciasgarden on 7/25/2013, 5:38 pm

Wpatterson welcome to the forum!  I just posted this on another topic so I am copying it here for you too.

I got the idea from great people on this forum! I cut down plastic solo type cups down to about 1-1/2 inches. I poured used cooking oil into the cups (you can keep the little pieces of food if any). Used oil worked better than unused. I also used opened tuna cans when I ran out of the cups and I think any short container would work and it doesn't have to be small. I think the important thing is to have something shorter so they find the oil quicker. I didn't wash the tuna cans out first usually. I poured in about 1/2 inch of oil and set them around inside the beds and outside the beds. Some people even suggested putting a teeny bit of molasses and soy sauce in with the oil. I didn't have any molasses but I did use some soy sauce and I think it helped draw them to the containers. Here is a discussion from last year that may help you get a better picture of it. http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t12877-major-damage-from-earwigs?highlight=earwigs

I did take some pictures but they are kind of gross. Please ignore the dead leaves I still had in the box, last year was extremely crazy and busy! The two containers do have soy sauce in them and I am not sure if this was used oil or not. I just left the containers in the garden for weeks, trying to remember to take them out when I watered and then put them back. The bait containers just kept catching them!


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Wet rolled up newspaper works great also.  I put rubber bands around some and stapled others when I didn't have any more rubber bands.  I picked them up in the morning and threw them in a garbage bag and tied it so there were no openings and threw it in the outside garbage can.  If you peek into the newspaper you will probably see them but they will run out.  I know that one from experience.

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Re: Can anyone identify what's eating my Basil?

Post  Triciasgarden on 7/25/2013, 5:43 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:I looked up flea beetle and leafhopper, since these guys spring away when I got to squish them, but no photos look like these:


What are they and is there an organic solution besides potting the basil plants up and bringing them indoors?
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That is an amazingly clear picture!  I don't know what they are, but it looks like you had/have a caterpiller of some sort that ate at your leaf.  You can see the chew marks.  I don't know if that was possibly one of your questions.  I wouldn't take the basil indoors as you may take the pest inside also.

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Re: Can anyone identify what's eating my Basil?

Post  camprn on 7/25/2013, 5:46 pm

The fuzzy one on the left looks like a mealy bug = bad. The leaf hopper, not as bad.

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Re: Can anyone identify what's eating my Basil?

Post  Triciasgarden on 7/25/2013, 5:52 pm

Oops I didn't realize the earwig post was so old.

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Re: Can anyone identify what's eating my Basil?

Post  CapeCoddess on 7/25/2013, 6:43 pm

@Triciasgarden wrote:Oops I didn't realize the earwig post was so old.

I'm glad you posted what you did...I found it valuable!

Thanks, Camp. I didn't look up leafhopper nymphs which is what they are.

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Re: Can anyone identify what's eating my Basil?

Post  sanderson on 7/26/2013, 2:07 am

Tricia, I'm glad you posted. This newbie learned something tonight.Smile  There's nothing like photos to show the results.

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