The Things that Chew on Your Flowers

This is the time of year when you will notice that many of your plants and flowers are getting chewed on by something. There are many pests that will feed on your annual flowers and your perennials, attacking both the leaves and the blossoms.

The Things that Chew on Your Flowers

There has been a lot of rain this year, so slugs are really on the move. They usually damage flowers by making holes.

It is more difficult to solve the problem than recognize it. They are very similar to snails they just do not have a shell. Slugs feed at night as they are nocturnal. They hide in cool, dark and moist places during the day. Slugs are not insects, so insecticides have very little effect on them. There are molluscicide baits, which contain metaldehyde. Though broken eggshells around your plants can also do the trick.

Earwigs are also rampant this year. They are long, slender, reddish brown insects with pincers on their back-sides.

Earwigs also enjoy moist dark places during the day. At night they come out to feed on organic matter that is decaying – insects, leaves and blooms of certain plants. Earwigs are higher in numbers when there is a lot of moist matter, like mulch. They are usually problematic from late July to September.

[Via: Black Hills Pioneer]

The Things that Chew on Your Flowers was last modified: July 11th, 2018 by admin
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