Insects - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by lpierc01
May 17, 2007
On my hostice plants, it looks as if something is eating the leaves. What can I put on the plant to keep insects, rabbits from eating them?

Thanks so much

Answer from NGA
May 17, 2007
Hostas can sometimes be attacked by slugs, these work at night and leave chewed holes and a shiny trail. If you see the tell-tale trails, you can control these using a bait containing iron phosphate.

Other animals such as deer or woodchucks may eat hostas, they can gnaw the plant down to stubs. These can be repelled using a spray or powder repellent labeled for the appropriate animal, or can be fenced out of the garden. I hope this helps.

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