basil - Knowledgebase Question

Severna Park, Ma
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Question by footesusan
July 7, 2010
Any idea what might be eating my basil. Some of the smaller plants have been totally devoured to the stalk and stems.

Answer from NGA
July 7, 2010
Little pinprick holes may signify something like flea beetles. Tattered edges is something with chewing mouth parts, such as caterpillars or hornworms. Entire leaves may signal larger creatures, such as rodents or rabbits. Cut stems indicate cutworms. Examine the underside of leaves and along stems for insects that camouflage themselves. Look several times during the day and go out at night with a flashlight. You might try encircling the plant with wire to keep away larger creatures. If you find the culprit, send us another email and we'll provide some control methods. Good luck!

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