What's eating my papaya?

orchidcrazy(ms)June 8, 2009

A couple of days ago, I found this damage in the evening (There was no damage in the morning).

I sprinkled seven dust on my plant in an attempt to scare away the culprit. Do you think a squirrel might have done this? I looked inside of a couple of other damaged leaf stems and found no caterpillars. Birds? What can I do to save my first attempt at growing papayas? This tree is about 7 feet tall. Thanks for any help. :)

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rayandgwenn(z11 Puerto Rico)

We get birds during the day (and bats and rats at night) that eat the fruit. They have never done damage to the stems... But I bet you have squirrels or chipmunks and they were trying it!

    Bookmark   June 9, 2009 at 6:58AM
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orchidcrazy(ms)

Thank you for responding. I didn't think the leaf stems would support a squirrels weight, but I can't think of anything else that would chew into the leaf stems like this. The birds are eating my blueberries, so why not the papaya too :P

    Bookmark   June 9, 2009 at 9:13PM
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