Ok. You have definitely got dinner served for a largish bug. Dust again. Its also hiding under soil- can dust until blooms set, but Sevin doesnt bother some bugsand worms. It takes 10%Sevin for ticks for instance. Now to go diggin for memories.
I don't know, I've found that my plants get a certain size and the pests damage isn't as bad. The only thing that bothers my beans are Spider Mites.
Cats. aren't allowed on my veggies. I've found the more I plant the more they eat. I have a hummer/ butterfly garden they are welcome there.
I wouldn't apply anything during the heat of the day better to apply on a cloudy day or in the early morning or evening.
Did you actually see anything on the plants that made you think to apply sevin? That zuke maybe Black Beauty, mine has more serrated leave and they aren't as shiny. I wouldn't worry about the leaves unless they get worse.
It can be applied to leaf and soil- not a problem. Like Lisa says, The leaves will simply keep growing - even when they get eaten. If there are probs with the FRUITS, then I would kick up the treatments.
If you do not see some bug or many bugs when you are looking at the plants then try looking after dark with a flash light of course one very bad result of mulching in early spring is it provides a nice hidey place for the creey crawlers I do not do much mulching until it warms up and it becomes benificial
Mulching this early in the season is generally not recommended bc the roots need the warmth. It's only later in the season that's it's recommended. Also, like grits said it's a great hiding place for pests.
It could be sow bugs but I don't picture them climbing they ate the stems of my plants then ate the leaves,
This is my home made compost. It's mainly horse poop and old hay, with flower bed trimmings household plant waste, leaves and shreaded newspaper also. It cooked from August last year to middle of March this year and was turned several times.
I had a lesser amount of same last year and used it for my tomato garden. My best year ever for tomatoes. Very few less than 3 " across, and many were larger. I assumed it was the compost.
I make tons of compost for my garden, and I have found that when I take pictures the compost almost always looks very much like mulch. Of course I also use it very much like mulch. My point is that for some reason even what I consider to be very decomposed even screened compost looks "mulchy" in all my pictures. I'll bet her compost looks fab in real life and not so much like mulch.