Lemon Peel Eaten Away - Knowledgebase Question

Oakland, CA
Question by mibanks
June 17, 2002
I have an in-ground Meyer's Lemon tree of unknown age that produces generously, year round. Recently, something is "eating" the peel off of the lemons while they are still hanging on the tree. The fruit is left partially or fully exposed. The pithy covering and the meat of the fruit is unmolested. I see small curls of peel on the ground but not enough to represent my peeled fruit. What is causing this?

Answer from NGA
June 17, 2002


Slugs and snails can cause the kind of damage you describe. They usually feed at night, so they're difficult to catch in the act, but you might try going out late at night or early in the morning to check on the fruit. For control, handpick and destroy the pests as you find them. Copper foil barriers can be placed around the trunk of your tree to keep snails from slithering up and munching on your lemons.

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