Small bites in plants - Knowledgebase Question

Yorkville, Il
Question by lesliesmogor
June 30, 2010
Something is eating small holes in my plants. It started with my hostas, but I have also seen the little bites on annuals, coneflower leaves and beards tongue. Do you know what it could be and how to stop it?


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Answer from NGA
June 30, 2010

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There are many possibilities and without knowing the culprit, it's difficult to provide a control method. Examine the undersides of leaves and along stems. Look for black pellet droppings, which signal location. If nothing in the day, go out at night with a flashlight and sleuth. Slugs and snails love hostas so that's a possibility. Bites indicate chewing mouthparts, such as hornworms or other caterpillars, or larger creatures. I hope this info helps.

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