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Post  simpletwist on 7/30/2013, 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 7/30/2013, 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 7/31/2013, 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 7/31/2013, 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 7/31/2013, 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 8/1/2013, 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 8/5/2013, 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 8/6/2013, 9:38 am

bump.
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Post  camprn on 8/6/2013, 9:55 am

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

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Post  TxGramma on 8/6/2013, 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 8/6/2013, 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 8/6/2013, 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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