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Somethin's eating my lil' pepper transplants..

Post  jkahn2eb on 8/18/2011, 12:30 pm

Grrrrrrr....

Haven't noticed many bugs except for moths and caterpillars, for which I purchased Thuricide and have sprayed it... but something keeps eating the first true leaves of my bell pepper and eggplant transplants. They are also eating the first leaves coming up from my bean plants.

Does thuricide kill moths or just caterpillars?
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Post  southern gardener on 8/18/2011, 12:43 pm

do you have snails or slugs? do you see a "slime" trail around the stump that was left? I also had earwigs/pincher bugs eating mine like that. Go out at night and take a look, I was shocked at all the "action" that was going on at night!
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Post  jkahn2eb on 8/18/2011, 12:51 pm

Haven't seen slugs or slime... but I'll look tonight for any little guys eating.

I've been spraying also with the homemade hot pepper / garlic / soap mixture I saw in another thread. Doesn't seem to be stopping these critters
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Post  Furbalsmom on 8/18/2011, 1:42 pm

jkahn2eb

Do you have pictures of the damaged leaves?

That might help determine what type of pest is making a mess of your peppers and beans.
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Post  jkahn2eb on 8/19/2011, 1:56 pm





I don't think this little critter is responsible but he is cool lookin'!



Here's the garden. The damage is being done in the far right corner

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Post  littlesapphire on 8/19/2011, 2:09 pm

Is that a slime trail I see? Or a trick of the light?
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Post  Chopper on 8/19/2011, 9:05 pm

Sure looks like snails to me. Stick a pie pan of beer out there at soil level and what is there in the morning. Sure looks like snail/slug damage to me. I have tried everything and I have so many that once in awhile I use the snail pellets. I don't like to but if I didn't I would have no plants.

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Post  jkahn2eb on 8/20/2011, 12:02 am

You mean there's a purpose for the skinny michelob ultras in the fridge? cyclops
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Post  Furbalsmom on 8/20/2011, 3:34 am

You mean there's a purpose for the skinny michelob ultras in the fridge? cyclops



What, you thought you were supposed to drink them or something? Nah! feed them to the slugs.
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Post  jkahn2eb on 8/20/2011, 11:55 am

And the big boozers of the garden are:



Crickets. A ton of 'em in the tin. Didn't see any snails nor slugs though I did see a couple other cricket-like critters. Want me to post a picture?

Was doubting I'd see snails or slugs in the middle of summer. Any other AZ gardeners here know if they do happen?
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Post  littlesapphire on 8/20/2011, 1:50 pm

I'm not from AZ or anywhere close, but I have a friend who lives in Albuquerque NM who harbors snails in her garden (for some reason she likes the slimy little things!). But if you didn't see any, then you probably don't have to worry about them so much.
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Post  jkahn2eb on 8/20/2011, 9:51 pm

Google "crickets in garden" and first link I clicked on mentioned crickets were going after young pepper plants.

Good think I stick have 6 sticks of ammo / cans of michelob ultra.
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Post  shannon1 on 8/21/2011, 5:05 am

@littlesapphire wrote:I'm not from AZ or anywhere close, but I have a friend who lives in Albuquerque NM who harbors snails in her garden (for some reason she likes the slimy little things!). But if you didn't see any, then you probably don't have to worry about them so much.
The only good snail is one dripping with garlic butter.



It looks like the grass hopper damage I had earlier this year.
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Post  Goosegirl on 8/21/2011, 12:03 pm

I am just starting to get grasshopper damage on my beans. They got a good spraydown with my Tea Tree Oil/Pine Oil Soap bathroom disinfectant. TTO is usually a good bug repellent, but if that doesn't work I just got my bottle of NEEM delivered!

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