how to keep bugs off my plants

nacho_mommaJune 15, 2011

I live in San Diego and I have something that is eating my coleus leaves. I don't know what insect it is - I've yet to find the little critter. I am assuming ants.

Is there a bug repellent spray you can make at home? I don't want more holes in my coleus leaves.

thanks, Suzanne

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kathi_mdgd

Don't think it's ants,they usually eat the aphids and such.More than likely it's either slugs/snail or those little green worms.If you see a glistening trail on or around them,then that's 'SNAIL SNOT" and those are the culprits.JMO.Others may have other ideas as well.
Kathi

    Bookmark   June 15, 2011 at 9:24PM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

Could be earwigs too. They climb up to eat at night. Go out tonight with a flashlight to see if you can find any culprits.
Renee

    Bookmark   June 15, 2011 at 11:38PM
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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

Ants don't eat aphids or plants. Slugs and snails do. and rabbits. and birds.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2011 at 12:23AM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

Ants "farm" aphids and eat their poop. Seriously.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2011 at 1:56PM
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nacho_momma

We do have slugs, but I haven't seen the slime trail near my coleus plants - which are up on a table. I went out again last night and the only thing I found was one ant on a stem.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2011 at 3:04PM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

I'm still betting on earwigs. But if you suspect caterpillars, you can spray with BT, which is only toxic to caterpillars.
Renee

    Bookmark   June 16, 2011 at 7:49PM
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annemarieo

If your plant is on a table the pest could be a more mobile one such as grasshoppers. You won't catch them but maybe if you have a cat or dog he/she could help. When my dogs were young and had the eyesight they loved to help in the garden.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2011 at 4:08PM
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pedroinfante82

could be thrips. Spray for thrips

    Bookmark   June 21, 2011 at 5:09AM
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