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Question: All my plants (hostes, leaves on flowers, groundcover, etc., have small holes in the leaves as if something is eating at them My hostess are the most affected. Some are almost completely gone because of these holes/bites. I have looked at the leaves on both sides, but didn't see anything. We have rabbits in the area, but I don't think that is what is causing all this damage to by plants.

Answer: Lots of insect pests can make small holes in leaves so without knowing which one is the culprit, it's hard to make a suggestion. Hosta leaves are especially attractive to slugs and snails. You rarely see them because they feed at night or during the early morning hours. These are the easiest to control - use Sluggo or other slug/snail bait. I like Sluggo because it is iron based and any product not consumed breaks down into simple iron, which is good for the garden soil. Give it a try - I think it will work well for you. Good luck with your garden!

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