Pests and Diseases forum: Something has been taking bites out of my seedlings

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Name: Carly Rush
San Diego California (Zone 10a)
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carlysuko
Jan 17, 2018 8:26 PM CST
Hi

When I went out into the garden today I was bummed to see that something had been munching on my newly planted seedlings I grew from seed. Phlox Drummondii and Johnny Jump Up's.

We have had a very dry warm winter here, even for Southern California so I don't know if maybe it's a insect? Or possibly something else. Does anybody recognize the damage?


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Name: Tofi
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tofitropic
Jan 18, 2018 4:46 AM CST
can be slugs or snails?
Name: Sue
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sooby
Jan 18, 2018 5:01 AM CST
I'm thinking it could be some kind of animal. I don't know which ones might do this in California though. A rabbit would eventually eat more than that unless it decided it didn't like them.

You can check for slugs by placing a wooden board near the plants and checking underneath it in the mornings. Also look for their slime trails.
Name: Carly Rush
San Diego California (Zone 10a)
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carlysuko
Jan 18, 2018 10:29 AM CST
Hi Tofi, yes slugs are a definite possibility. I know we have slugs not a lot of them but enough that I don't plant my hycianth or delphiniums in the ground (both annuals here).

Hi Sue, yes an animal is possible too. We have rabbits but not many this time of year, but all it takes is one. They were sprayed with neem so perhaps that's why they didn't eat the whole seedlings. I will definitely put a board or something to check for slugs, and also look for slime trails. I know birds like seedlings but I've only observed them munching on them when they're basically just sprouts.

Also in this picture it looks like whatever it is took a piece of the seedling and spit it out or dropped it? Blinking
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