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how to keep bugs off my plants

Posted by nacho_momma 10 (My Page) on
Wed, Jun 15, 11 at 20:40

I live in San Diego and I have something that is eating my coleus leaves. I don't know what insect it is - I've yet to find the little critter. I am assuming ants.

Is there a bug repellent spray you can make at home? I don't want more holes in my coleus leaves.

thanks, Suzanne


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RE: how to keep bugs off my plants

Don't think it's ants,they usually eat the aphids and such.More than likely it's either slugs/snail or those little green worms.If you see a glistening trail on or around them,then that's 'SNAIL SNOT" and those are the culprits.JMO.Others may have other ideas as well.
Kathi


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RE: how to keep bugs off my plants

Could be earwigs too. They climb up to eat at night. Go out tonight with a flashlight to see if you can find any culprits.
Renee


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RE: how to keep bugs off my plants

Ants don't eat aphids or plants. Slugs and snails do. and rabbits. and birds.


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RE: how to keep bugs off my plants

Ants "farm" aphids and eat their poop. Seriously.


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RE: how to keep bugs off my plants

We do have slugs, but I haven't seen the slime trail near my coleus plants - which are up on a table. I went out again last night and the only thing I found was one ant on a stem.


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RE: how to keep bugs off my plants

I'm still betting on earwigs. But if you suspect caterpillars, you can spray with BT, which is only toxic to caterpillars.
Renee


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RE: how to keep bugs off my plants

If your plant is on a table the pest could be a more mobile one such as grasshoppers. You won't catch them but maybe if you have a cat or dog he/she could help. When my dogs were young and had the eyesight they loved to help in the garden.


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RE: how to keep bugs off my plants

could be thrips. Spray for thrips


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