Hibiscus - Knowledgebase Question

Lake Jackson, Te
Question by slmcnabb
July 16, 2010
Are snails the only pest that would eat holes in Hibiscus leaves. I planted two healthy hibiscus plants in my patio area. Shortly after, I noticed small and big holes in the leaves. Some of the leaves had been completely eaten off! I noticed no bugs, fungus, etc. I have seen no snails. Now my potted Hibiscus is being affected. Can you help?


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Answer from NGA
July 16, 2010

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Caterpillars can do the type of damage you describe. Look on the undersides of the leaves for them, or for their frass (poop) which looks like little black pellets. If you find evidence of caterpillars you can control them with Dipel or Thuricide. Be sure to apply according to label directions. Good luck with your hibiscus!

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