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Boston, MA
Jun 11, 2017 9:38 AM CST
My basil is in a large (half a barrel) pot outside in a sunny spot. Is there a non-poisonous way to get rid of them. We eat the basil
Name: Sue
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Jun 11, 2017 9:49 AM CST

It would help to know what the insects are. Would you be able to post a picture of the culprits and/or their damage? Four-lined plant bugs are partial to basil and make brown dots on the leaves. If that's what they are then hand-squishing them is one method.
Boston, MA
Jun 11, 2017 10:03 AM CST
Thanks. I can't see anything. I'll try to post a photo.
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Jun 11, 2017 10:06 AM CST
Go out with a flashlight and check it during the night. It often could be snails or slugs. Do you see any shiny trails on the leaves?
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Jun 11, 2017 3:04 PM CST
Grow more & rinse well before eating. Smiling
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Jun 11, 2017 4:17 PM CST
It's always best to know your enemy first, but it won't hurt to give them a spray of mild soapy water solution. 1/2tsp. dish soap to a quart of water, and be sure to get up under the leaves as well as the tops. If it is slugs or snails the soap will discourage them somewhat, too.

Then of course rinse the leaves before you use them.

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