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help! something is eating my boo

Posted by paoloseganti 10 (My Page) on
Thu, Aug 11, 05 at 22:48

finally i got little growth on my rhyzomes of black bamboo, and this morning i discovered that some of the skinny young culms vere chewed in half and most of the leaves were eaten, but not bites like snails, or beatles, , they're kind of shredded lenghtwise. and the damage starts from the bottom leaves. which leads me to think i might be from something that crawls not fly on it.
anyone know what it could be?
I did find some little slugs in the mulch, and put right away slug/ snail poison, but i think it might be something else.
i found lot's of roly poly. what do they feed on?
thanks


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  • Posted by kudzu9 Zone 8b, WA (My Page) on
    Fri, Aug 12, 05 at 2:12

Squirrels are really good at mowing down young shoots, but they usually leave them alone when they get a foot or so high and are hardened off; and I've never seen them go after leaves. Do you live in an area where you might have deer?


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  • Posted by foxd z5b/6a (My Page) on
    Fri, Aug 12, 05 at 9:42

Are there any cats in the area? I've had them attack small bamboo shoots, especially if you don't want them to.


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Shredding sounds like house cats. It might be slugs however. Don't think the pillbugs are any problem.


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no guys. no deers, cats couldnt do that to the leaves. and as for squirrels i still don't think it could do such work on the leaves. it's something smaller than a squirrels. it's got to be an insect. I went to a nursery with some of the damaged boo and they said slugs for shure.
so i gave it a good dose of pellet poison. let's hope it works.
the damage it's done, but thanks for the input guys.
ciao paolo


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  • Posted by kudzu9 Zone 8b, WA (My Page) on
    Sun, Aug 14, 05 at 16:13

Paolo-
Please keep us posted. I am still of the opinion it's not slugs. I live in the Pacific NW and I guarantee you that my slugs are bigger and badder than yours...and they don't do that kind of damage, especially in one night. Slug damage is typically a little mibble here and a little nibble there. We have slugs up to 6" long, and none of them have ever taken out any of my culms, although they've done some damage.


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i agree with kudzu..i had 3 of my 18 types of bamboo munched by deer till i put chicken wire around them...do you live in the country or deep inside a city?

Here is a link that might be useful: east coast bamboo group


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RE: help! something is eating my boo

I a having the same sort of problem with my bamboo - spoke to the nursery where we purchased it and they thought maybe wasps would shred leaves for building their nests. I haven't spotted any wasps about but it's a thought.
I agree with above posts re: slugs - it doesn't sound like the kind of damage they would inflict.


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Will you send me some of those little rascals, i have plenty of bamboo for them to eat.


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Rabbits are the main culprits in my area, they tend to favor the lower leaves and new shoots. I have to fence juvenile plants or watch them get gnawed to the ground, good luck.


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I get grasshoppers & moths in my black bamboo. I don't notice any damage but they seem to like it.


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