Holes in Pepper Plants

Valdo(9b)April 14, 2014

Here are two pictures of holes I have in my pepper plants. I tried beer trap, spotted a slug, but slugs are not taking to the beer. Checked all over the plant, did a newspaper trap for earwigs. Sprayed with Neem and soapy-garlicy water. Nothing. I check the plants during the day AND at night with a flashlight and nothing.

Anyone? I think it may be slugs because I spotted one on the plant and when I did the beer trap two slugs did go for the dish. But no evidence and it does not stop!

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Here is another shot of the pepper plant holes...

    Bookmark   April 14, 2014 at 1:59PM
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Nobody has an idea?? I sent this guy over here from the hot pepper forum knowing you guys/gals usually have better info than I can provide.



    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 12:47PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

He's done all of the things that we could have suggested.....just about. Valdo, have you carefully inspected under the leaves? Caterpillars are extremely small when they first hatch.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 3:26PM
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Check under those pots for slugs also Valdo.

Thanks Rhizo. He mentioned he did a foliar spray of epsom salts. Spots started white, then brown, then the holes. Do you think an overzealous dose of epsoms could do it?


    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 6:08PM
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Valdo, if you cannot find a pest in the immediate environment, then look farther afield. The damage seems to be that caused by a leaf eating beetle which may have moved in, eaten and moved on.
Remember the bar-room character? Eats, shoots - and leaves.
A Panda, apparently.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 6:16PM
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Checked throughout the area and no sign of anything. Then again we had a major storm run through here, high winds but the plants seemed ruffled but fine.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 7:14PM
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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

Those are old holes. Occurred long ago, when the leaf was very young and still expanding. Then, as the leaf grew, the holes also grew.

Bottom line #1: Nothing ate it.
Bottom line #2: something may have poked it.
Bottom line #3: No need for panic and/or treatment.

This post was edited by jean001a on Wed, Apr 16, 14 at 1:22

    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 10:42PM
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