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JohnnieF
Jun 13, 2020 7:05 PM CST
I planted a variety of wild flowers this last year when I had to get my oldest cat put down. I acctualy recieved them from the company where I had him cremated. So I planted them for remembrance of him and my other 2 girls that I had to put down in previous years. And I noticed that one of the flowers is being affected by worm like bugs burrowing into the leaves and from what I can tell eating the middle layer of the leaves. I'm just curious what they are and how I would go about getting rid of them. As I hope to have these flowers come back for many years. Not sure what exactly the flower is called but I have photos of the blooms and the leaves that I will post.
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oneeyeluke
Jun 14, 2020 2:19 AM CST
It looks like leaf miners. The most common method to kill leaf miners is to spray general pesticide on the infected plants. The only problem is you have to spray more than one time because of the differents stages of growth. If you only get the youngsters and leave the adults they will lay more eggs. So spray a couple of times a week if not three times until they are gone. .
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JohnnieF
Jun 15, 2020 8:07 PM CST
Alright thanks I tip my hat to you.
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gardenfish
Jun 16, 2020 1:21 AM CST
Those are not leaf miners, they are something else. If you can see the actual worm underneath the spot and can remove it by hand, then do so and destroy. Otherwise, I would spray, preferably with Spinosad. I'm thinking this isn't a really bad infestation, and you should be able to get rid of these pests. I do understand about the sentimental value of the plants. I have the flat rocks my fur babies were planted under in my garden.
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Leftwood
Jun 17, 2020 5:09 AM CST
if the damage isn't too extensive, I just pick the leaves and toss them into the garbage to be taken away. No need for pesticides if it the problem isn't too bad. Leaf mining insects usually come in cycles, usually one to three times a season, depending on what it is.
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