something is eating my raspberry leaves - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by jjruona4
June 17, 2007
Something is eating the leaves of my raspberry patch. It's getting too late to use pestisides so I need a natural solution to this problem.
Thank you

Answer from NGA
June 17, 2007
You weren't too specific on the damage so I can only offer the following possibilities: If the leaves are skeletonized, suspect Japanese Beetles. If they are simply munched, with random holes, suspect caterpillars of some sort. The loss of leaves should not affect the fruit. Japanese beetles are difficult to control, organically or otherwise; caterpillars can be controlled with the botanical Bt (bacillus thuringensis), sold as Dipel.

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