The Q&A Archives: Bugs Eating Hollyhock Leaves

Question: Every year I get bugs eating my hollyhock leaves. I never see any, just holes appear on the leaves. I've tried spraying with a water/dishwashing detergent to deter them, but I'm still having the problem. Is there something stronger to use, but not damage the plant?

Answer: Several pests have a taste for hollyhock leaves. A good fall clean up can help reduce the number of overwintering pests, and for a repellent you might try a spray product containing neem.

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