Which bugs are bugging me? - Knowledgebase Question

Roseville, Ca
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Question by mvbari
June 30, 2010
I have tomatoes, zucchini, onions, bell peppers and ancho peppers in pots in my yard. All of the sudden, my plants are being chewed away, from the bottom leaves up. They got two of my huge ripe tomatoes and now they've got my peppers. No evidence of slugs/snails or any eggs found on foliage. What do I do?

Answer from NGA
June 30, 2010
Look for caterpillars. They can eat their way through an entire plant in a single day. If they are present you'll see frass (looks like little black pellets) on the soil beneath the plants. They might be hiding on the undersides of leaves. If you find them or their frass you can treat your plants with Dipel or Thuricide. Both are registered for use against caterpillars and are safe to use on vegetables.

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