Help! Pest ID and control

Scott SchluterJune 3, 2011

My garden has been doing great this year, and it looks like I have the slug population under control for once. But today when I went out into the garden, I found a number of plants defoliated and stems chewed. Right next to the plants are some of the same plants not even touched. Caserta squash and pickling cucumbers are these photos. Cabbage, kale and turnip hit some too. Peas, lettuce, beets all untouched. Any idea what is doing this? I go out on slug patrol at night and haven't seen anything...


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I don't use any oils or pesticides for insect control as I grow organically. google Arbico. they specialize in beneficial insects. I ordered three praying manti egg cases. one for my yard and for my neighbors on both sides. one egg case hatches abou two hundred manti. They devour every insect you hate. and once they live out their life cycle they lay their own egg cases. so now I have an ongoing population of manti. I live an hour north of death Valley so its a desrt hot blazing summers freezing winters if my manti can stay alive year after year your area will support them as well. also consider Ladybugs these are literalyy the toughest bug in the pack they eat every single pest bug you can imagine problem is when they eat everything they move on to find more food. I even take my baby manti indoors to work over my bonsai and houseplants I leave a couple of windows open all the time for my cats to get in and out. so manti have an escape, or entrance if they choose. I grow vegetables, tobacco, fruit, housplants and bonsai. this was a permanent and inexpensive solution to my bug problem. Good Luck!!!!

    Bookmark   June 19, 2011 at 3:27PM
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