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Old 4 Weeks Ago   #1
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Default What's eating the leaves of my sugar snaps?

I grow peas every year and don't recall seeing this before. But this is the first time I've been able to grow two crops. I have what I believe to be flea beetles on the bottom of nearby tomatoes, which I doused with diatomaceous earth, but thought these might be snalis or slugs or earwigs.
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Slugs I would say
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Slugs I would say
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Flashlight outside at night may make you sick just seeing how many slimy slugs there are.
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Consider me warned! I've been feeling like I should go out there in the dark, but ALL the critters that hang out back there in the dark give me pause.
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Slugs and snails are the bane of the garden here. There's a type of slug bait you can get, that is non toxic to humans or pets (contains some iron compound) and does help to reduce populations in the ground. But I tried it in my containers when slugs were eating the tomatoes one year, and it didn't work for some reason... I guess the thought of big juicy tomato was enough to bypass a nasty ol pellet on the way up.
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Look up electric fence for snails and slugs.
It really works.
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Is that the copper tape? I may have some of that.

ETA; Maybe it's TWO copper tapes! Checking it out.

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Is that the copper tape? I may have some of that.

ETA; Maybe it's TWO copper tapes! Checking it out.
Two bare wires running parallel with each other connected to a battery or DC power supply.
The slimy slug or stinking snail shorts out on it and turns back.
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Flea beetle damage would be perfectly round tiny holes in the leaves.
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Okay; thank you all!

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In my garden, that is flea beetles. My slugs are the size of a sharpie. They do not leave
behind the lacy delicate pattern. They feast more aggressively.

Beer in a jar lid will let you know overnight if that is the problem. Then get some sluggo.
I use DE, slugo, beer traps and have copper tap on the top edge of my raised salad beds.
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Hey Shrinkrap, I don't know which part of Norcal you're in, but here in Los Gatos (south of San Jose), I've dealt with a larger-than-previous-years infestation of caterpillars which have been eating my peas and tomatoes. It took me a week or two at first (i thought slugs could be the culprit, but have a dog, and am hesitant to use sluggo), but I finally caught a couple caterpillars in the act. A couple Spinosad treatments have seemed to keep them at bay since then.
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Hey Shrinkrap, I don't know which part of Norcal you're in, but here in Los Gatos (south of San Jose), I've dealt with a larger-than-previous-years infestation of caterpillars which have been eating my peas and tomatoes. It took me a week or two at first (i thought slugs could be the culprit, but have a dog, and am hesitant to use sluggo), but I finally caught a couple caterpillars in the act. A couple Spinosad treatments have seemed to keep them at bay since then.

Good to know! Thanks. I have found caterpillars on my tomatoes, but the damage looks different, at least on the tomato leaves.


I am in the East Bay; climate more like central valley.
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