The Q&A Archives: Pests Of Wildflowers and Stock

Question: I have had a strange pest or disease enter in my gardens recently. I have numerous varities of plants in my garden, yet, the invader has chosen to attack my wildflowers and stock. I have investigated at all hours of the day and still can not find the culprit. The strange thing about this invader is, it only attacks the top half of my flowers. It will eat buds, flowers and leaves, leave the stems intact. It will attack the top half of the flower and yet the bottom half is completely untouched. The bottom half is in miraculous shape. Please respond.

Answer: Are you sure the critter isn't a neighbor who is fond of your wildflowers? Only kidding. If the plants attacked are along the edge of your garden, the pest is most likely a deer. Have you seen footprints? If not, I honestly can't imagine what would behave this way...aside from a mischeivous human. If the wildflowers aren't very tall, then the pest might also be a woodchuck. Try dusting the ground around these flowers with flour, which will capture footprints as evidence. You can also spray your flowers with a mixture of hot sauce and water, with a small drop of dish soap as a sticking agent, and spray this on your flowers to see if this deters future feeding. Best of luck!

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