Pest Damage To Lamium - Knowledgebase Question

Arlington, VA
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Question by bburns2
June 25, 2001
My Lamium is getting eaten by something that is leaving small holes in the leaves and eating the buds and new growth - the immediately adjacent hostas are untouched. The only insect I see on the Lamium are ants. What pest is causing this damage? Thanks!

Answer from NGA
June 25, 2001
In my experience slugs will cause that type of damage on lamium especially early in the season, and they seem to prefer it over hosta foliage, perhaps it is more tender? You might try sprinkling diatomaceous earth or a product called Sluggo around the plants or take a look and handpick them at night when they are active. If it is not slugs, check for small caterpillars which can be controlled with Bt. I apologize for our delay in answering your question -- by now you have already (I hope) solved the problem.

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