Ask a Question forum: Geraniums and pests

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Name: Ken Deyo
San Diego, CA
Mar 28, 2017 3:42 PM CST
I live in Southern California. I have a number of geraniums on my patio and something is eating them. I would like to use a non-chemical repellent or companion plant. I face north so I only get sun on the patio from spring to fall. Does anyone have any suggestions?
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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Mar 28, 2017 3:49 PM CST
Are there snails or slugs? Usually the scent of my geraniums repel the insects.
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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Mar 28, 2017 3:59 PM CST
You could try putting out one of those sticky cards at the base of a plant that's being nibbled on and see if you can trap a sample of what's munching your geraniums.
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Southeast OK (Zone 7b)
Mar 29, 2017 5:48 AM CST
Sounds like slugs. Beer or slug killer will work. Even egg shells, crushed.
Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
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Mar 29, 2017 7:25 PM CST
Sounds like geranium Bud worm to me. There are many pesticides that will kill them or you can encourage the local lizards/birds.
Name: Ken Deyo
San Diego, CA
Apr 12, 2017 2:33 PM CST
Thanks for the info!

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