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Lmarie994
Jun 5, 2017 1:55 PM CST
Hello I keep planing green beans and they sprout into beautiful healthy plants about 6-8in high. The leaves get occasionally chewed on, which doesn't seem to be major, but the stalks get a brown side and then collapse. I've dug all around and checked leaves and don't see anything! Help!
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Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Jun 5, 2017 2:59 PM CST
Creepy crawlies. Snails slugs cutworms earwigs sow/rolly polly bugs. They attack at nite. Bait em with some ortho bug-b-gone.
What are thoes bugs under your thumb in picture ???
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DaisyI
Jun 5, 2017 3:07 PM CST
Looks like aphids.
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Lmarie994
Jun 5, 2017 4:17 PM CST
Thank you for the insight im new to all this. They're tiny flies? I didn't see anything that resembled aphids yet.
I wasn't sure if the tiny flies do any damage if so I will wash them off.
So slugs will attack the stem? I will dust tonight since I've seen nothing
Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Jun 5, 2017 5:39 PM CST
Generally, all the creepies i mentioned go for the more tender stuff, at spouting time.
It doesent hurt to cover all the bases.
But i'm guessing now that the flys, more likely, fly larva, are the whole problem.
Dust them dudes !!!
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Lmarie994
Jun 5, 2017 5:50 PM CST
Thank you! Beans are supposed to. E an easy thing to grow but they're getting attacked and nothing else is
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ctcarol
Jun 5, 2017 6:21 PM CST
Since they're being snapped of at the base, I would suggest a soil living/ tunneling critter such as cutworms or Voles.
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Weedwhacker
Jun 5, 2017 6:26 PM CST
I agree with Daisy that those look like aphids (they do have a winged stage).

Not sure what would be causing the browning and collapse of the stems, though. If slugs are suspected I would suggest using something like "Sluggo" around the plants. That said, though, I have slugs galore in my garden (not something I'm proud of, just sayin') and have never had a problem with them on my beans.
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Wisconsin
Lmarie994
Jun 5, 2017 7:08 PM CST
Thank you for the additional help, I thought aphids would be little black dots, and the leaves don't appear sucked on. This is my first garden in Wisconsin so I'm not familiar with the pests.
Would aphids be attacking all the plants or do the prefer one?
Name: Carol
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ctcarol
Jun 5, 2017 7:40 PM CST
Aphids come in different colors. All garden pests have favorites. That being said , the base of the plants isn't likely an aphid issue.
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LizDTM
Jun 5, 2017 9:17 PM CST
Of course, it could be a dog. Not that anyone's dog would ever do that. Except mine. Hilarious!
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Wisconsin
Lmarie994
Jun 6, 2017 7:34 AM CST
Ha no animals getting in there, I have it fenced.. have any of y'all used neem oil?
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Jun 6, 2017 9:33 AM CST
You could take a small peice of foil and wrap around stem. Or empty roll of toilet paper roll around before planting seed.
Have you sprayed or dusted plants.
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Wisconsin
Lmarie994
Jun 6, 2017 9:42 AM CST
I dusted around the base last night as didn't want to interfere with good pollinators. Do aphids ever mess with stems?

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