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Bristol UK
Jan 4, 2018 10:29 AM CST
Please can you help with the disease shown in image
Thumb of 2018-01-04/Aspergillus/53fdae

Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Garden Sages Plant Identifier
Jan 4, 2018 10:49 AM CST

Its not a disease, an insect is chewing holes in the leaves.
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Name: Jude
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Zone 6a)
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Jan 4, 2018 11:12 AM CST

Looks like cutworm damage. My sister lives in northern California, and had this type of damage on her Bay Laurel. The caterpillars are brown or grey. Cutworms climb the shrub and feed on leaves and buds.

There is no need to treat the plant, with pesticides, which may be ineffective, anyway. Supposedly the treatment, is to keep the caterpillar from climbing the plant.
Yellow sticky tape or Treekote, tree banding kit which protects trees from crawling insects.
Bristol UK
Jan 4, 2018 4:51 PM CST
Thank you so much!
We are going to try it

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