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What's eating my beets?

Posted by tcstoehr Z8 Portland, OR (My Page) on
Sun, May 24, 09 at 11:03

Something's doing a number on my young beet plants. I think they're also chewing the leaf stems on my summer squash, but that's just a guess. It doesn't seem to be slugs. Could earwigs or pill/sow bugs do this? Or is some nocturnal beetle to blame?

Whatever it is, it makes some well-defined, sharp cuts.

I guess now is a good time to do an "all-nighter", I'll get up all night with a flashlight to check it out. Vigilance is the price of gardening it seems.


Beet Leaf Damage


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RE: What's eating my beets?

Sure looks like slug damage to me. Take a salt shaker with you to the garden tonight.

Next best bet would be armyworms (small caterpillars that also feed at night).

DE (diatomaceous earth) controls both.

Dave


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RE: What's eating my beets?

The west has rats.


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