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what are the hosta enemies....
#29321 August 3rd, 2005 at 08:00 AM
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I have some hostas that are getting chewed up by something. The eating away of the leaves look like catipillar marks. Can you help? Later, Merfee

Re: what are the hosta enemies....
#29322 August 3rd, 2005 at 10:22 AM
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Hi Merfee! Welcome to the forum wink Your hostas could be getting eaten by slugs, which is the 'popular' hosta bug enemy. There are lots of different things you can do that you'll find by doing a search of the forums, but a few that I can think of offhand are

-set out a shallow dish of stale beer. The slugs will flock to it and drown.
-put some crushed eggshells around your hostas. Slugs won't cross it or will cut themselves crossing it. Some people have luck with this method, but others' don't...guess it depends on whether or not your slugs are real troopers or not wink

To see if they're slugs munching on your hostas, go out at night with a flashlight and have a look around - that's when you'll find them wink

Hope that helps!


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Re: what are the hosta enemies....
#29323 August 3rd, 2005 at 04:55 PM
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Yep, it's true.. slugs love to chow down on my hostas. I got some escar-go from gardens alive, and it seemed to help some. Not 100%, but much much better than previous years.

Meg

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#29324 August 4th, 2005 at 07:12 PM
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Beer in shallow pans has worked well for us, and there aren't any chemicals involved. Just change the beer every day or two and dump out the dead slugs.

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#29325 August 4th, 2005 at 07:52 PM
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I can just see all the slugs sitting around in a circle, holding hands, wait they don't have hands, anyways singing " I like beer! It make me a jolly good fellow!" then dying with BIG smiles on their faces. smile This really does work well just make sure to use a shallow pan like a pie plate or an old frisbie.


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