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Jun 8, 2020 11:51 AM CST
Brooklyn, NY
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. I recently was gone for a couple of days and came back to discover something had been munching on my red pepper leaves and my Japanese eggplant leaves. I know I have an issue with snails but I can't figure out what else could be nibbling away. I have some lettuce and in a planter nearby growing and went to take a look for snails and discovered some things flying around as well as other little bugs.

Any feedback on what they could be and how to get rid of them would be awesome!
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Jun 8, 2020 12:05 PM CST
Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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Welcome! the damage I'm seeing looks like slugs. I've seen several pics of folks plants with this damage this year. What you could use would depend on your stand on chemicals. Choices include a manufactured product called Sligo, using DE earth, crushed egg shells scattered around the base of the plant, or putting out shallow bowls of beer. They go to drink and drown. Do you have a pic of the little bugs you saw? I'm not seeing any other kind of damage, but my eyes aren't that good!
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Jun 8, 2020 1:56 PM CST
Name: Andrea Reagan
Astatula, Florida (Zone 9a)
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Peppers may also be attacked by the tomato horn worm. But you might have realized about this critter since they do not stop munching and they also get quite big.
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Jun 8, 2020 3:42 PM CST
Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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I agree oh yes, if it's a hornworm, you will see it.
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Jun 8, 2020 7:32 PM CST
Brooklyn, NY
Ended up spraying some coffee around the plants last night and didn't notice any new nibbles this evening. However the lettuce (which is now all the way in back of my yard) still had the little flying bugs and these ones that I've included in a photo. Think I'm basically keeping the lettuce at this point as bait for them in hopes of them staying away from the peppers and eggplants.
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Jun 8, 2020 7:50 PM CST
Name: Keith W
Southwest Missouri (Zone 6b)
Maddie, that is a young lady bug which is a good one. The damage is not from that bug. Just above and to the left looks like harmful aphids which the lady bug will eat.
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Jun 8, 2020 8:02 PM CST
Brooklyn, NY
keith8800 said:Maddie, that is a young lady bug which is a good one. The damage is not from that bug. Just above and to the left looks like harmful aphids which the lady bug will eat.


Oh my goodness, that is WONDERFUL news. Never had a clue that's what they looked like when young. I was actually thinking of getting some to help with whatever pests are gnawing away, so I'm ecstatic to know that I have at least 2 soon to be older ladybugs. 🐞 thanks so much!!
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Jun 9, 2020 2:21 AM CST
Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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I was going to tell you that, but Keith beat me to it! Those little alligator looking things are eating your bad bugs! Actually that's the immature lady bug, they eat far more pest bugs than the adults do. Smiling
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Jun 9, 2020 8:27 AM CST
Brooklyn, NY
gardenfish said:I was going to tell you that, but Keith beat me to it! Those little alligator looking things are eating your bad bugs! Actually that's the immature lady bug, they eat far more pest bugs than the adults do. Smiling


I figured they would eat less. Hmm, does this mean I might possibly have more that I have not seen? Was reading about making a ladybug house to keep em around when I was debating ordering some online. Is that something I should still do? Or would keeping the "bait lettuce" out there be good enough. 😆
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