Irises forum: please help

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sassafrass
Aug 1, 2011 9:06 AM CST
Ok, I went out this morning like I do every morning to look at blooms on the daylilies & check everything over for distress & what not. Just look at these little tiny buggers chowin down on this iris!! I'm sure they had to have been there yesterday, but I did not notice them, they are really going to town. What are they (looks like some sort of worm) & how do I get rid of them?? Thanks for all the help in advance.
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Name: Betty
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Betja
Aug 1, 2011 9:50 AM CST
I had a bad case of something like that this spring because I had a kitten and didn't want to spray or put something down -- but I believe mine was caused by snails and slugs. I've been killing a ton of them, and in some cases they totally shredded the leaves way down to close to the base. Thank heavens little kitty is now older, so I'm starting to apply Deadline -- and you should see the corpses!

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KentPfeiffer
Aug 1, 2011 9:50 AM CST

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I've seen that kind of caterpillar on gladiolus leaves before, but not irises. Just about any garden variety pesticide or even insecticidal soap should kill them. Or, you can squish them, but I wouldn't do it bare handed.
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sassafrass
Aug 1, 2011 9:56 AM CST
thank you
Name: Lucy
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irisarian
Aug 1, 2011 5:43 PM CST
thrip?
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sassafrass
Aug 1, 2011 8:25 PM CST
I don't know, they were small worms. I only noticed a couple leaves that had them on there. So I cut them off & bagged them for disposal. Will be keeping an extremely watchful eye now. Blinking I did get some spectricide just in case I have to go that far. I hope I dont.. I'm not much on using chemicals...

thanks for the help everyone

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