Mine is the slug--I had no other pests or disease, well, maybe some rabbit damage but the slugs just mowed my beans, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and eggplant. It took me awhile to figure out what was eating everything but once that was determined...wham...I brought out the beer traps and nothing. Not a slug to be found in any one of them. I went back to the books, the friends, the professionals (which I'm embarrassed to say, I'm one of) and realized that I had buried my cups of beer and yeast in the ground thinking that this would entice the scoundrels into the cups. Wrong! They need to climb up the side of the cup/container before they'll make the decision to go for a swim. Of course, by this time the change was done. They seemed to be concentrated in the southwest corner of my enclosed garden. My client, on the opposite side of me (NE corner) had minimal damage. Which beast did you in?
The borer gets into the rizome and disolves it.
You will see a shell of a rizome in early spring and it will have little holes in it.
OHHHH and NO flowers or leaves
We use a Bonide for Borers early in spring spray everything
I think they are also called desert rats. They look like rats and come up through the ground from underground tunnels(you will see holes in the ground). They take everything(pieces of plants, pieces of cushion, pieces of wood, pieces of wires...etc) into their tunnels and leave some in exchange. The stuff they leave for me are pieces of cacti..etc. This year they stole all of my plant tags(written on plastic large sized plant tags) and took them into their nest that they built in my Barbque. They can also get into garage and set up their homes in car and chew the car labels etc. Nuisance and they also have their favorite plants to chew on and eat up. I try to work around them but lost tons of plants/furniture cushions to them.
I wish I knew what they don't like :).
They love bulbs--so I started to put in poisonous bulbs such as amaryllis. They stay away from the bulbs but eat the shoots. The bulbs will eventually die because the shoot keeps getting eaten up.
They eat veggies/herbs. The herbs they don't eat are the ones I have such as mint, organo, thyme.
I put in one plant first. If they don't eat that plant, then I put in more plants from that category. They don't eat cannas so I have several species of cannas.
They did not eat jasmines so I added more species of jasmines. Stinckers ate them up this spring. No winning with these.
I have read somewhere that they don't like Mint. Interesting the herbs that they did not touch are in my mint bed. I will try putting mint branches in their holes and see what happens. I am not fond of traps.
Calif_Sue Northern California United States (Zone 9a)
Slugs and snail, (and not puppy dog tails) and a rat that crosses the wires each night to eat an orange from my tree, leaving the empty shell for me to collect each morning, ugh! Begging DH to bait a trap.
Sometimes people can be menacing or troublesome pests (oh you know you were thinking of it! :-) )
Leaf rollers. They only infest my cannas, but I have lots of cannas. They sew the leaves shut. You can actually see the threads on the rolled up leaves. They lay their eggs inside. They hatch into ugly caterpillars and eat the epidermis of the foliage. So you end up with rotten-looking shredded leaves. It's almost impossible to keep up with them. I unroll the leaves and feed the cats to my fish, but "Mama" comes back and starts in again with her "fly-by-night" attacks. After a while, I just give up. So right now, most of my cannas look like crap. Surprisingly, a couple of cultivars seem to resist the leaf rollers. Wish they all did! Even thunbergis bacillis isn't quite effect on this little buggers.
Below is Tama Tulipa who seems to deter the leaf rollers somehow. Not a scratch on her.
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Calif_Sue Northern California United States (Zone 9a)
The orange tree is too huge, probably 15 ft tall and as wide or wider, and covered with oranges. If I was able to wrap from the top, the rat could climb it from underneath going up the trunk. And he's nervy enough to often sit in one of the hanging pots I have under the tree eating his fruit and leaving behind the rind and his droppings on the plants.
That article on the rats was great.They look like the gerbils sold in pet stores.
Said they like shiny things , what about a package of sequins or shinny confetti, do you think it would keep them busy enough to leave some things to you?
I know that sounds silly but I am big on distraction and redirection.
Hi, I am Mickey and I am new to this site, but was interested in what pests are prominant. For my garden this year it was japanese beatles and bag worms. The beatles were especially hard on the tomatoes and the bag worms are attacking my spruce trees. Does anyone have ane good recommendation about how to get rid of the mature bag worms apart from picking them off? We sprayed with seven for both pests and it worked for the beatles but not the bag worms.
Normally, I would say it is the voles, but not this year. I have to agree with most of you that the slugs and earwigs were really bad. They started eating very early this year and nothing seemed to slow them down.
In the MidAtlantic, Japanese Beetles were almost non existant this year, which is very strange. The Cicadas and June Bugs were very light this year too. But the locusts were unbelievably noisy, more than I can ever remember. Some days I had to go inside, they gave me such a headache and you could still hear them in the closed air conditioned house.
Japenese Beetle's...errrr I hate these horrible, horrible little ugly good for nothing bugs.
They destroy everything in sight...especially my roses! Seems like nothing works on them or it works for awhile and they get used to it.
I have problems with with mice and chipmunks. They ate all my strawberries, got a few potatoes, dug up and ate all my siberica bulbs. I found some of their holes and put poison down them. I'm sure they had a thousand babies before I killed a couple.
Rabbits here. They are chewing the leaves of my Japanese and siberian irises down to about two inches. In the spring I'm going to spray the iris leaves with hot pepper spray, and if that doesn't work I'm going with the water spraying scarecrow. I really don't want to hurt the little guys, but the irises need their leaves for food.
Yes, they are. For some reason, I had an inordinate amount of them this year. But I really didn't have too much damage from them, at least not that I noticed. They were in the beds every day, whenever I walked through, they'd go running. They were smaller bunnies than normal. Here, one of them confused my Bergenia with a cabbage! Guess they do look a lot alike
My bunnies love crocus. They don't bother anything else so I'm ok with the crocus loss. Chipmunks, and I have LOTS, don't bother anything except the birdfeeders. I find the chipmunks very entertaining and had a nice display of sunflowers one year due to their efforts.
My neighbor with the raised bed of Black Raspberries is my worst weed menace.
Thank gawd I am on the otherside from the westerlies that blow thru here.
This is my garden with the raspberry weed bed beyond on the top left
We had blackberries for 16 years until I ripped them all out two years ago. They would lay down branches in the asparagus patch and root in there. They'd do it everywhere they could. Too much trouble though the blackberries were very good.
The bunnies sometimes eat the crocus foliage but not the crocus flowers and while I always believed if they stripped the foliage the crocuses wouldn't bloom again it doesn't happen that way here. Maybe they gather enough energy before the bunnies find them.
Voles eat at the base of the foliage but bunnies eat a crocus leaf from the end of the foliage down to the base. Voles are nasty enough to leave the leaf behind, which makes them that much more despicable!
Pirl, I don't remember seeing any crocus foliage on the ground. I was surprised to see some holes in my newly planted crocus border as I planted them in a hugh long trench laid with Permatil. So, I'm hoping that it was just the bunnies eating the foliage. That never occurred to me.
Some years, a groundhog will come by and eat all of my tulips off at the neck and leave lots of very erect topless stems!! I'd much rather he eat the stem too.
I agree. Topless tulips are definitely in bad taste!
The deer always got the tops of my tulips but this year I was strongly determined to win their game and protected them with mesh netting all around them. I won!
For the bunnies you can try cayenne pepper, blood meal (but not if you have digging dogs), chili powder, crushed red peppers, etc. I grow cayenne peppers just to spread for the cute little bunnies (drats!).
Pirl, I know you have a large garden. How many canisters of the pepper do you buy? It wouldn't seem like you'd get enough yield from fresh peppers to cover much ground. Doesn't it have to be reapplied after a rain? My first year here, I tried pepper & moth balls to keep the squirrels away. It didn't work at all.
Something that I did last year, really scared the heck out of them. There have hardlly been any here this year at all. I'm not sure if it was the snake-a-way or the vole poison. Two squirrels ate the poison and died. I stopped using the poison, because I was finding dead animals other than voles.
I buy them at a big box store so it's not expensive and I can use the Blood Meal along with the peppers if the hawk doesn't control the bunny population. I grow the cayenne's for my own pleasure and give the bunnies leftovers! If the peppers are not finely ground they are still effective, even after many rains, for any critter that ever puts its paws to its mouth. The bunnies here eat the lily leaves but the deer eat the buds - the dynamic duo for sure!
I also only protect the plants the bunnies eat and not others.
Ge, I've seen squirrels dig bulbs up and toss them about the beds. I've never seen them eat them. Another DGer told me that they sprinkle Triple Super Phosphate around freshly planted bulbs to keep the squirrels from digging.
Pirl, I used to mix bloodmeal in my planting dirt, mostly hoping to keep the voles at bay. Then, a neighborhood Rotweiler started jumping his fence and visiting my garden and I was afraid that he would start digging in my beds.
I keep my handtools, fertilizers and soil amendments in one of those big Rubbermaid deck boxes on my bottom patio near my potting bench. One day I came home from work and found the box lid open. There were a bunch of items on the ground. Among the debris were the completely chewed remains of two full bags of bonemeal. He ate every bit of the bonemeal and good portions of the bags!!
Is he a friendly dog? We used to have a neigboring Doberman that would run up on our deck and try to get in things. She ran so fast it was kind of scary, but she was a good dog. Someone said she once took a steak off their grill.
Maybe the Rottie is helping to keep the critters at bay. All Casey (one of my dogs) has to do is poke her head out the door and the squirrels are like lightening getting out of the yard. It's pretty comical to watch, especially when they lose their footing along the fence.
I don't know if he's friendly or not. When I'm outside, he sits at the edge of my garden, on the neighbor's property as if he knows where the boundaries are. He won't cross over the beds to my yard if I'm out there. He'll sit there and bark at me. I wouldn't pet him as I often see the owner beating him for jumping the fence and not coming when called. I wouldn't approach or pet any dog that has been beaten, especially a dog as strong as a Rottweiler. It's a shame, the dog needs a new owner.
Then I read that the smell of Milorganite will keep the Critters away. So I starting mixing that in my planting dirt. It does not deter voles, so I'm not sure who it bothers. Maybe it's what chased the squirrels away. Last fall, I sprinkled it all throughout the beds along with some minerals before I dressed them for winter.
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Northern Seasons..sorry I didn't check back re: Jap Beetles. I just picked them off by hand this year. Over the last several seasons I have put out the phernome lure and emptied the traps (4) out 1-2 a day. This is generally not recommended as it brings them in, but I did kill tens of thousands (or several gallons) in a season. This season I didn't due it. Medical stuff prevented me from being able to do the overseeing necessary; plus they didn't become a major problem until late in the season. I think that heavy trapping for several seasons, using the nematode spray one season and the city Finally cut back some of the weeds and wild grape vines that provided such a banquet across the road from my garden.
Currently the major problem is moles. Folks on on one side had folks in to spray poison (maybe for the insects in the ground or ??)..the fellow didn't know what he was spraying but said that he was sure it was safe (we have 3 small dogs)
Anyway..their lawn is flat and ours is laced with tunnels. Usually I try to live trap and put them in the wild, but am not quick enough etc to try it anymore. I would just skip the issue, but that yard is now hazardous; both to my azalea (which cannot be replaced should they continue to burrow under the roots-it has been rescued from wilting a few times already) and to my ankles etc. The tunnels are now about 8" deep and I am concerned about falling. Have called the fellow that relocated some raccoons a few years ago. He will try to help, but said they may be too deep to deal with;. May have to take my chair, shovels, bucket and cane and sit awhile!!
This has been a very interesting thread to read and has made me very thankful I'm not facing the pests some of you have. My biggest problem wasn't mentioned so I thought I'd see if anyone has good solutions. Grasshoppers! We get them by the bucketfuls...every size, color and description they can come in. By August everything I have looks so ragged, although nothing is totally killed. We live in the country and have brome on two side, so that probably contributes, but I can't get rid of it. We have chickens who really love them, but if the chickens are out they do as much damage to the flowers and veggies as the hoppers. The chicken run does border two sides of my vegetable garden, so that helps the veggies, but there are years that I have no oriental lilies or surprise lilies at all as they're eaten as the blooms emerge. My fall roses bloom on almost leafless branches and every iris leaf looks like it's been cut with pinking shears. I'd love to find a solution for these crazy bugs if anyone else has ever taken them on sucessfully.
willowwind, I had an incredible localized population of grasshoppers in one bed. I also had a really bad ant problem there. I applied Diamotaceous Earth for the ants. The grasshopper population then traveled around to my other beds looking for more ants. The frogs followed the grasshoppers. So I put the DE everywhere. There are a lot less ants & grasshoppers now and the frogs have started to come back.
thank you for the advice stormyla. I hadn't thought of trying DE, but maybe especially when they're still small. That has a bad effect on beneficials as well doesn't it? How about bees? I'm afraid to use too much strong stuff when the damage is mostly surface. The plants survive, they just don't look nice. That's always such a hard decision to make. There is some type of bacterial spore kind of thing that is supposed to work when they're young, but I've never heard from anyone whose used it. Anyone here ever try it?
Crawling, flying etc. Many of the wasps, flies, ladybugs etc. that either eat other bugs or lay eggs on them that will later parasitize the bad bugs. Also, even butterflies and bees. I just hate to use anything, organic or not, that is going to cause indescriminate damage, at least if the pest I'm after isn't totally killing anything...just making things ugly.
Willowwind, I don't know if it makes a difference , but I put the DE down very early in the season, like mid March. My beds are full of Bees, Butterflies and Mantis. One of the reasons that I put it down so early is that I start spraying the Nematodes and releasing the Lacewings and Ladybugs right at the end of April
Definately ANTS. I put plants in the greenhouse and went out to check on them and there was Pots of plants some hanging and some sitting on tables and ground with a stream of ants going in and out with mounds of dirt around the edges of the pots. What will get rid of these awful creatures? Some of them are fire ants and some termite ants and just a dukes mixture of somesort. I put down ant killer before putting up the greenhouse and put mulch on the floor to help keep it clean on the ground. The ants are just moving right in and taking over. I'm allergic to ant bites. Now, I'm losing ground. Can anyone help?