The Q&A Archives: What is the bug eating my plant?

Question: I am a beginner in gardening, and I do not know much about the harmful bugs that eat your plants. I bought a couple plants at Home Depot, and they were very healthy until I bought some other plants at a seperate nursery and my plants became droopy and there were a bunch of holes in the leaves. Do you have any idea of what this bug could be and what type of thing I could do to treat it? Thank You!

Answer: I don't know what the bugs might be so I don't really know what to suggest. You might try hosing the plants off with a strong stream of water to dislodge any insects that might be hiding in the plant or soil (or set them in the shower using tepid water). After you've flushed the soil with water and hosed all the leaves off, watch your plants carefully for additional signs of insect feeding. Sometimes a thorough spray of insecticidal soap (Safer's) can reduce insect populations. Hope this helps!

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