holes in my Basil leaves and Strawberry leaves - Knowledgebase Question

Rochester, Mi
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Question by boco113
June 6, 2010
Something or bug is eating holes all over my Basil leaves and also on my Strawberry plant. What is it and how do I get Rid of them with a product that is safe to put on the Basil and strawberries, that is safe for human consumption

Answer from NGA
June 6, 2010
Flea beetles leave the kind of damage that you describe. For some reason they especially like basil leaves and since the leaves are tender, one tiny bite can turn into a large hole. There's no chemical control registered for use on edible basil so your best defense is to check your plants daily and hose off any tiny flea beetles you see on the undersides of the leaves. Strawberries are favorites of snails and slugs. If you can't find beetles or caterpillars on the plants, slugs or snails are probably the culprits. You can use the iron based control called Sluggo. It is safe to use near strawberries and any bait not consumed will break down into simple iron and be absorbed by the earth. Best wishes with your garden!

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