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Who or What is Eating my Mums???

Posted by ellen_930 Central MA (My Page) on
Sun, Sep 19, 10 at 15:47

I have not had much trouble with garden pests all summer but now that I have planted my MUMS I notice that they are being eaten by something. I do have a lot of mole tunnels in my yard. Could it be them? Interesting fact: The snackers only like the RED and RUST colored flowers. They have no interest in the YELLOW! Anyone know?

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RE: Who or What is Eating my Mums???

My guess is slugs. They are capable of going right for the flowers and exhibiting a preference for specific colors. Go out there now with a flashlight.

RE: Who or What is Eating my Mums???

I have seen slugs around the yard. How do you keep them away? Its driving me crazy!

RE: Who or What is Eating my Mums???

For immediate results - go out in the early morning or evening with a flashlight and see if there are slugs on your plants. If there are, drown them in a container of water to which you have added a drop or two of dish soap (this keeps them from crawling out. There are many ways of getting rid of slugs. You will soon find your favorite method of deterrent. For your Googling pleasure: Escar-Go/Sluggo; shallow tuna-type can of beer; wet board; copper collar; and the aforementioned hand-picking and drowning.

RE: Who or What is Eating my Mums???

Wow! good stuff.

RE: Who or What is Eating my Mums???

I have Orthosia revicta eating my mums, also rust colored. Sprayed it with neem oil and he doesn't seem to care!

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