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Old 06-12-2011, 08:18 PM   #1
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Default What is feasting on my hops?

Weather here has been mid 60's for several weeks, not too warm at all with little/no rain. I just noticed this today:






I looked for critters and saw these two, didn't actually see them eating the leaves though:





I looked at the underside of the leaves but I'm sure that I'm seeing anything specific:





any idea what is waging war on my hops?

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Old 06-12-2011, 08:35 PM   #2
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Hmmm... wondering if that 2nd critter isn't a Hop Flea Beetle.

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Old 06-14-2011, 04:51 AM   #3
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Looks like sliug damage, do you see any "slime trails"? Beetles usually eat from the esge of the leaf, but I am not familiar with Hop Flea Beetles.

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I haven't seen any slugs there, but I don't' usually check early/late in the day. I'll give it a look tomorrow.

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Old 06-14-2011, 09:43 AM   #5
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What ever it is get some neen oil and spray away it will knock most anything out and is organic, keeps my hops health and bug and mild few free.

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the first bug in the 3rd pic is a stink bug. A real problem especially in numbers.

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I grew up in the bay area and never seen any stink bugs. Here in PA however we have them everywhere. I kill about 1 per day in the house. They have been causing a lot of crop damage lately due to their large numbers.

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Yeah looks like slug damage to me too. There's a product called sluggo which is organic, non-toxic slug bait that you sprinkle around on the ground and kills slugs, works well and is safe around pets.

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