Something is eating my bell pepper plants over night. It has not touched my tomatoes, squash, jalapenos, or cucumbers. I also have pictures of the poop it left under the plant.
Hardiness Zone: 7a
By Kim from Suffolk, VA
By Dale Duane Klein Jr.08/09/2013
My pepper plants look exactly like this....except for the ones they pulled up whole little buggers!
I think it is slugs which are eating your plants. In the heat of the day they hide under rocks et to keep cool. Leave some flat boards out in the garden. Turn them over to see what you find. There are slug pellets which work, but they are toxic to frogs. Try wood ash around the plant. In wet humid weather these creatures thrive. Good luck, and keep on top of it. Slugs can ravage a plant down to nothing in a day or two.
Is this a trick question? There is a picture of a tomato worm on the plant. It is being eaten by a tomato worm, just pick it off! Check your plants daily for these worms, you will notice little black pellets (poo) on the leaves below the caterpillar. If you have way to many worms to keep up with; but is a good solution, get it from your local garden center.
By judy oliver07/20/2010
Check for earwigs, to do this, go out at night with a flashlight.
By Grandma J07/20/2010
Snails and slugs. Get stuff, just for them at the nursery. This is the first year I had to doctor for them before my tomatoes, peppers were on the plants, and so sure they will be ravaging soon on those. They love to take bites out. And can leave trails.
By Mary Lou Zeeb07/20/2010
I had the same thing hear in MI. @zone 5. First I used Seven Powder, no help! Then I used Insecticidal Soap maid by Ortho, this really helped alot. After this I made a mix of used coffee grounds, ground up egg shells, chopped up bannana pells, bone meal,and tomatoe fertilizer then poured boiling water over mix and let it cool. Then I put it around pepper plants and watered real heavy.Think it was 7 or 10 days and there was a great improvemeant / new growth & blooms. Still have a small leaf issue , but nothing like it was! If it keeps up I'm going to boil some hot peppers, leafs and all, let them cool, spray the plants. Hope this helps! Louie #7
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What is eating the leaves of my pepper plants? It seems to happen overnight and the leaves seem to be taken as if with a scalpel. The cuts are clean and not chewed or shredded. The stems are left alone. This has gone on for several years and I can't find the culprit. It is not slugs, deer, or rabbits. Is there any night time winged bug that could do this type of damage? It does not go after my tomatoes, beans, and so far squash. It has left my eggplant alone this year and they are a healthy size right now.
Hardiness Zone: 6a
By aamul47 from Eagleville, PA
Something is eating the leaves off my hot peppers in my garden. What could it be?
Hardiness Zone: 7b
By Denise from north Little Rock, AR
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