The Q&A Archives: Something eating pepper plants

Question: I live in Salt Lake City, Utah. Our garden is planted, but something keeps eating our pepper plants. The leaves are gone and only the stems are left. Any ideas.

Answer: From seedling on, peppers have the risk of being attacked by insect pests. There are 35 insects that the pepper is susceptible to. The major ones include the Pepper Weevil, which is black colored, gray or yellow marked, Pepper Maggot, Cutworms, Flea beetle, Leaf Miner and Tomato Hornworms. By early summer aphids have multiplied to many numbers. The pepper maggots, earworms and borers become a problem. By late summer, if proper controls have not been taken the corn borers, armyworms, and corn earworms will reach devastating numbers.

You might try Bayer Advanced Care, Bio-Neem, or diazinon. All are safe to use in vegetable gardens. Be sure to follow label directions.

Best wishes with your peppers!

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