Gardening--bugs - Knowledgebase Question

Chandler, Ar
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Question by jbrenthatch
November 9, 2009
I have a fall garden. My peas and other leafy vegatables are being eaten alive. Not just on few nibbles on the edges or a few holes in the leaf, but the whole leaf has been eaten. I have dusted with Seven Dust (?) two or three times, but nothing seems to help. Any suggestion would be appreciated.

Answer from NGA
November 9, 2009
Sevin will discourage insect pests but not bunnies, mice or rats. It won't bother caterpillars, either. So, carefully check your plants for signs of caterpillar feeding. The most obvious is their frass (poop). Look for little black pellets on the soil surface or on the leaves below the munched leaves. If you see none, the problem is 4-legged and your best defense is to cover your plants with a barrier to keep them out. Bunnies can be stopped with chicken wire fencing; rats and mice can wiggle through the holes so you'll need to use hardware cloth instead and clip it together over the tops of the plants to completely keep them out. Best wishes with your garden.

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