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Post  jhayford 6/25/2011, 8:39 pm

What kind of bug makes holes in basil? And what do I do? I would really like to stay away from chemicals.
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Post  ModernDayBetty 6/25/2011, 10:42 pm

I'm sure there is several I suggest pictures. I have had trouble with earwigs. they can eat the whole leaf, just holes, but usually make the leaf look like lace.
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Post  jhayford 6/25/2011, 10:51 pm

I will borrow my daughters camera tommorow.
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Post  tegaan 6/25/2011, 11:17 pm

How do you get rid of earwigs, without nasty chemicals? I too have holes/lace in my basil.

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Post  ModernDayBetty 6/25/2011, 11:50 pm

@tegaan wrote:How do you get rid of earwigs, without nasty chemicals? I too have holes/lace in my basil.

thanks, Kari

I was venting about this very thing :o) check here someone gave a great detailed way to get rid of them I'm excited to try! https://squarefoot.forumotion.com/t8084-venting-goes-here-what-went-wrong-thread
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Post  tegaan 6/26/2011, 12:19 am

Ok, I made a trap, we will see how it goes. If it works I will make more.

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Post  Mamachibi 6/26/2011, 3:10 pm

My basil is happy as can be, but my bell peppers have little round holes. There are no bugs or larva visible, just holes. Mad
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Post  miinva 6/27/2011, 8:28 am

Mamachibi, little round holes could be caused by flea beetles, which are very small and quick, so they can be hard to spot. Can you post a picture of the damage?
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Post  Ha-v-v 6/27/2011, 8:43 am

I am using Organocide or insecticidal soap. Organocide is OMRI listed and made from edible fish oil, sesame and soy oils. It has no expiration
date (a forever shelf life). Insecticidal soap I make myself from Dr. Bronner's liquid soaps.

Organocide says its a fungicide as well, last night I sprayed for blight am hoping it will work Smile We will see. At least keep it at bay.
Ive used insecticidal soaps on my basils before, I spray anything at night after bees go home. I do know organocide says it will not kill beneficial insects on their site, but I prefer to spray after they bees go home just in case.
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Organocide- http://www.arborgrow.com/organocide.htm

I have used this recipe for the last couple years, the thing is I cant remember if the fish oil or soap spray did it Smile but I do use both on my plants.
Insecticidal soap - http://www.care2.com/greenliving/homemade-insecticidal-soap.html

P.S. when using organocide I can harvest right after spraying and eat Smile
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Post  tegaan 7/5/2011, 12:31 pm

I tried the earwig traps, they didn't work that well. So my daughter and I were out in the garden and she spotted earwigs between the SF box and the stand it is on, both made of wood. So I had an idea, I grabbed my what I now call "bug spray", water, oil and soap. I also grabbed the hose. We went on a bug hunt. I sprayed the space with the bugs and seconds later they all poured out, ick ick ick, horror movie stuff. Then I sprayed them all with my bug spray within 5-15 seconds they were DEAD! We did this to all the spaces and got hundreds of earwigs, big ones, little ones and some white ones. I have been doing this for a few days and there are less and less of them......satisfaction!!! Now if I could just figure out how to keep the little black flies off my tomatoes.

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