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ransome
Joined: 3/16/2009
Location: SC
Posts: 4
Posted: Mar/16/2009 5:50 PM PST

Can anyone tell me how to stop insects from eating Basil? I just planted on 3/13/09 and they were already eating holes in the Basil on 3/15/09. I had sprayed with Ortho and spread 5% Sevin dust on 3/14/09 and the basil was the only thing being eaten. This happened last year and they just ate until the plant died. Is there any insecticide that works? Seems like the bugs, which I have never actually seen, only my leaves being consumed by something, just thrive on available sprays and powders.
EvonneStoryteller photos
Joined: 7/02/2007
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 769
Posted: Mar/16/2009 6:55 PM PST

Can you identify the bug that is eating you out of basil?
witt blog photos
Joined: 3/28/2008
Location: Lancaster, SC
Posts: 16643
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Posted: Mar/17/2009 5:11 AM PST

The only thing that bothers my basil is aphids. Sometimes whiteflies. If they have lots of sun and good air circulation, I don't usually have a problem.
Oh, and welcome to Garden Guides. I hope that you fill out your profile and introduce yourself to all.
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Joined: 3/30/2008
Location: Middle Georgia
Posts: 272
Posted: Mar/17/2009 6:06 AM PST

I don't know if this will work for you, but this is what I did last year. When I first put out my baby herb plants, I noticed the same thing. I then sprinkled cayenne pepper on them. I may have done it twice, but I really think I only did it once. After that no problem. You may want to try it.
ransome
Joined: 3/16/2009
Location: SC
Posts: 4
Posted: Mar/18/2009 8:13 AM PST

That sounds like a good idea. I wil try that today since the rain has stopped. Thank you for your reply
ransome
Joined: 3/16/2009
Location: SC
Posts: 4
Posted: Mar/18/2009 8:15 AM PST

no , Evonne, I can never seem to actually catch a bug eating them. The holes just seem to magically appear. I'm going to try the cayenne peeper that was suggested. Thank you for your reply
ransome
Joined: 3/16/2009
Location: SC
Posts: 4
Posted: Mar/18/2009 8:19 AM PST

Thank you witt. I have found the post as you informed me I would. Evidently i did not fill out a profile because I am computer illiterate and just messed up. I do appreciate your assistance and information.
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Joined: 4/29/2008
Location: Westlake, La
Posts: 10091
Posted: Mar/18/2009 8:59 AM PST

Check the underside of the leaves. If you're spraying and dusting the top, it may be caterpillars, which are eating from underneath.
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