Bugs eating my basil plant

sandi149(7)June 26, 2010

I have some nice basil plants that seem to be the food for some type of bug....every morning when I go out on my terrace to water the basil, I see that the leaves have holes in them. I have seen this bug and it's a light green, looks sort of like a small grasshopper. I had read somewhere that making a mixture of garlic powder and water and spraying the leaves would get rid of the bug but so far no luck.

Does anyone have any ideas what I can do to get rid of these creatures as they are ruining my lovely basil.


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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

The insect you saw could be a small grasshopper or it could be a katydid. Both of them feed on plants and both start out as very small individuals.

I've had good results using neem oil on my plants. It acts as an antifeedant for those pesky plant pests. It might not kill them outright, but does keep them from chowing down. Very little collateral damage to beneficial critters.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2010 at 11:42AM
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Get a 2 liter cola bottle, fill it with hot water, drop in 4 cloves of smashed garlic, put it in the hot summer sun and let it sit a week. Strain out the garlic but keep the water. Use a cup of garlic water and 3 cups water in your bug sprayer and spray the plants. That will get rid of the critters.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2010 at 6:59PM
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I had the same problem with my basil plants. I tried several methods involving insecticidal soap and even chili powder that did not help. One day I went out of town and put a bunch of potted plants around my basil (above soil) to make it easier for my neighbor to water my plants, solved the problem completely. I happened to have several papaya plants growing in milk jugs. I was out of town for a month, when I came back the basil was perfect.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2013 at 4:29PM
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If you choose neem oil it's best to keep your plants out of the sun for a while. So spraying around sunset is best.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2013 at 4:37PM
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