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Maui (Zone 11b)
BettyDavis
May 5, 2020 8:59 PM CST
Aloha,

I just moved my basil starts from my deck into the garden and over night this little bug started munching away. What is it and how can i treat it organically???
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Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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gardenfish
May 6, 2020 12:24 AM CST
This appears to be some kind of beetle. This kind of leaf damage is usually done by beetles or caterpillars.Are you going to be eating the basil? If you are, you will have to hand pick and destroy the beetles. If you are growing it for other purposes, Spinosad or Neem oil could work. These are organic products.
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Maui (Zone 11b)
BettyDavis
May 6, 2020 8:03 PM CST
Aloha Gardenfish,

Yes, it looks like a beetle but not one I can identify by name. I have catepillars too but they are focusing on the kale and lettuce. I will try the spinosad which I believe works for a lot of pests.

MAHALO! Thank You!
Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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gardenfish
May 7, 2020 1:27 AM CST
Aloha! Yes, that Spinosad works very well for a variety of bad bugs. I've been having something eat my rose flowers; I've suspected Japanese beetles but haven't found any. I sprayed them with this product. No more eaten flowers. I'm an organic grower, too. I use what is called IPM, or integrated pest management. Basically that means to raise healthy plants, plant plants that encourage good bugs to come to your garden to eat the bad bugs, and when you do get the bad bugs, spray the plant they're on, not the whole garden, and use the least damaging product. When I started doing this 5 years ago, I wasn't sure if it would work. I'm trying to get my garden certified as a bee and butterfly garden, and to do so I couldn't use anything that would kill them. I've had a good success rate. Very few bad bugs. I did have a bad infestation of aphids last year, so I used soapy water on them. I had so many I finally resorted to squishing them with my hands. I usually have few issues with bad bugs overall.
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