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Post  simpletwist on Tue Jul 30, 2013 11:25 am

My sweet peppers are getting eaten by something.  On almost every pepper of my 6 plants there's been a small hole on the top.  The hole is about 1/4 in diameter.  Then on the inside there seems to be damage to where the seeds are forming.  The insides are discolored dark brown.

Pepper Weevils?  Something else?  I haven't seen anything.  And what can I do to stop from losing my whole crop?

I'll try to take a pic if that will help.

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Post  batmap on Tue Jul 30, 2013 8:53 pm

From your description, could this be what you are talking about?


 Otherwise, umass.edu says corn borers and pepper maggot are the most common pests of pepper fruit.
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Post  simpletwist on Wed Jul 31, 2013 7:41 am

Yes, that looks like the culprit.  Now how do I safely eliminate this pest?  I found a tomato with a similar hole this morning.  I didn't see anything on your link that I could easily and safely use in my garden.

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Post  camprn on Wed Jul 31, 2013 10:04 am

@simpletwist wrote:Yes, that looks like the culprit.  Now how do I safely eliminate this pest?  I found a tomato with a similar hole this morning.  I didn't see anything on your link that I could easily and safely use in my garden.

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Click on the word 'this' on batmap's first sentence. It is an informational link.

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Post  TxGramma on Wed Jul 31, 2013 1:39 pm

According to the link that batmap posted and camprn pointed out to you....BT can be used.
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Post  simpletwist on Thu Aug 01, 2013 2:37 pm

Thanks folks. I'll look for some BT. Crossing my fingers cuz I love peppers.
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Post  simpletwist on Mon Aug 05, 2013 11:04 am

I caught one of the buggers eating a tomato this morning. It isn't pepper moths, its Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs! Does any one know a safe way to eliminate these things?
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Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs! Any ideas?

Post  simpletwist on Tue Aug 06, 2013 9:38 am

bump.
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Post  camprn on Tue Aug 06, 2013 9:55 am

@simpletwist wrote:bump.
So what's the verdict, did the Bt help?

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Post  TxGramma on Tue Aug 06, 2013 10:31 am

Well from what I read during my google research is...there isn't one. Most pesticides don't work either. There is a lot of research being done to try to find something that will work on them without much luck so far. So I would say try the BT or insecticidal soap if you want and see if it helps otherwise your only recourse will be to pick them off and kill them one little bugger at a time. Twisted Evil 
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Post  simpletwist on Tue Aug 06, 2013 10:56 am

Sad That's what I thought about the stinkin' Stink Bugs. But kill them one by one if I must! Twisted Evil And no I haven't tried the BT yet cuz I wasn't totally convinced it was the moth. But I'm gonna try that anyway just in case its more than just the Stink Bugs.

Thanks for the help.
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Post  camprn on Tue Aug 06, 2013 1:34 pm

Chase them off the plant into a can or jar of soapy water. Hunt for the eggs on the underside of leaves.

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