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Jun 13, 2020 12:10 PM CST
Utah
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Hi,

This year I am growing pumpkins and recently several of the seedlings have been coming up. They looked nice and healthy, but this morning, 7 out of 10 have leaves missing, holes, and some looked shriveled. What could be causing this? (pics below) My first thought is that it is some sort of pest or rot, but I'm not sure.
I still have several healthy seedlings, and I want to keep them from suffering the safe fate as these others. Also, is there a way to save the ones that have already been damaged?

Thanks for any help!
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Jun 13, 2020 12:30 PM CST
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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maybe snails or slugs... or maybe pill bugs.
Solution for slugs is usually a saucer of beer... in Utah, maybe you don't have beer for the garden... so, maybe try some yeast in a bowl of water... supposed to work the same as beer.

You may want to go outside at dark thirty... with a flash light to verify.
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Jun 13, 2020 12:44 PM CST

We know it is a bug of some sort. I use Neem Oil mix on my vegetables. It is the closest thing to an organic spray. I buy the purestuf on Amazon because the Neem oil you get at Home Depot is less than 2% actual Neem Oil. A quart of concentrated pure Neem is about $20 but you will get gallons out of it. One tbsp of Neem Oil to two quarts of hot water with a tsp of dish detergent . . . spray as you like. Harmless to plants. Chases the insects away. Safe to use around honey bees.
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Jun 13, 2020 3:17 PM CST
Utah
Annuals Butterflies Region: Utah
Thanks for the replies! I'll take a flashlight tonight to see what kind of pest it is. I have seen quite a few snails in the garden, so maybe that's what it is.
I have heard that people use diatomaceous earth for snails and other pests, so maybe I'll buy a bag of it. Does anyone know if Diatomaceous Earth is effective against snails?
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Jun 13, 2020 3:42 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Its either slugs or snails. It doesn't take a large number to cause that much damage on a small plant. One slug could finish them all off in one night.

Try tuna or cat food cans (or something with straistht sides and that deep) and fill it half full of beer. Best use of beer ever!
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Jun 13, 2020 3:53 PM CST
Utah
Annuals Butterflies Region: Utah
Thanks for the confirmation that it is slugs or snails- I'll start trying out some of these remedies! Hopefully I can still get a good harvest this year. Thank You!
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Jun 13, 2020 4:42 PM CST
Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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Since the body of a snail is the same as a slug, I think diatomaceous earth would work on them, too. When I had either slugs or snails eating my hostas, and I never did catch what was doing the damage, DE is what I used.
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Jun 13, 2020 5:59 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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When I get really desperate, I use Dead Line. A circle around every plant.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

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