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Post  Lilly'sgarden on Sat Jun 01, 2013 7:38 pm

Something is eating holes in my green bean plants. I also saw a couple on my Zuccini and alot on my pea plants that are close to the ground. NOt sure what to do but I did hear an old wise tale aboutt spraying castile soap on plants. I also heard one about hot pepper spray. I don't see any bugs though??? Sad

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Re: holes in green bean and pea plants

Post  mschaef on Sat Jun 01, 2013 8:02 pm

Please post a picture so that way we can see the damage so that you can receive the best advice possible. Maybe we will see a bug in the picture that you didn't see.

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Post  Pepper on Sat Jun 01, 2013 8:11 pm

First glad you\'re here Lilly'sgarden to the forum. If you explore the "HOME" page there is an area giving instructions on "how to do things on the forum". Here is the link to how to post pictures from your computer.
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Good luck with your problem; pictures will greatly help you find the culprit.

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Post  Lemonie on Sat Jun 01, 2013 9:08 pm

@Lilly'sgarden wrote:Something is eating holes in my green bean plants. I also saw a couple on my Zuccini and alot on my pea plants that are close to the ground. NOt sure what to do but I did hear an old wise tale aboutt spraying castile soap on plants. I also heard one about hot pepper spray. I don't see any bugs though??? Sad
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Based on your current climate and description, sounds like slugs to me. They love peas, beans and lettuce (and especially clover!), but aren't too picky and will ravish anything. I have been battling them bad this year. Take a flashlight out at night...especially after or during a rain and you will likely find your culprits and lots of them. I have tried the cayenne pepper/garlic/soap mix but it doesn't seem to last long. Sluggo and Sluggo Plus are the best (mostly organic) options I have used successfully on them. You can also mix cornmeal (they love it!) and Diatomaceous Earth and set it in lids/traps around your victim plants...but I needed too many to be successful enough. You can also hand pick them at night and drop them in a little ammonia water for an instant death (this was by far the grossest thing I've ever done). pale

The next best guess would be the tiny brown leaf hoppers (not sure if that's the technical name). They are showing up heavy this year and can really do big damage for being so small. You'll find them hiding in the crevices of plants when it's hot and shouldn't be too hard to catch them in the act...but they move quickly! The hot pepper spray and also an alcohol spray seems to work well on them, but you really have to stay on top of them.

Be sure to add pics when you can and good luck with your battle! okay

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Post  camprn on Sat Jun 01, 2013 9:20 pm

Welcome to the SFG Forum. I find it impossible to answer the question about the holes in your leaves without more information. Would you be able to post a photo? Have you seen any critters, insects, slugs on your plants?
Not sure about spraying castile soap directly and at full strength is wise until you know what you are up against.

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