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Old 05-11-2008, 12:32 AM   #1
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My little ones are growing up fast. However yesterday I found something small has been nibbling, so far on my Crystal only. I can't see anything there, even under 5X magnification. Any ideas?

Wait! Now that I look at the picture, Is that the varmint right there in the lower left?
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Old 05-11-2008, 02:20 AM   #2
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some of mine look the exact same way

 
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Old 05-11-2008, 02:43 AM   #3
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I don't think that is your culprit in the bottom there. They like dark, damp places, usually. However, I'm no bug expert. According to this site, they do minimal damage to vegetation and aren't pests.

 
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Old 05-11-2008, 05:07 AM   #4
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Naaa, the pillbug prolly didnt do that, they like dead stuff. The holes are tiny. Don't worry about it unless they get a lot worse. Look under the leaves and see if anything is hanging out. Knock 'em off with a spray bottle, or just let it be.
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Old 05-13-2008, 07:22 PM   #5
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The pillbug bascially only eats decaying matter.

 
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Old 05-14-2008, 11:53 AM   #6
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Looks like Slug damage. Tbh, you shouldn't worry about that much damage. If it gets significantly worse, you can put out beer traps (just make sure you don't wander out into them in the middle of the night ). The other thing (and you should probably do this anyway) is to pull that mulch back about 2" away from the base of the plant. You can also buy some Sluggo.
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Old 05-14-2008, 10:26 PM   #7
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Grasshopper! I had the same S#@$ going on and finally cought the lil some bitc#.Jump in eat, jump out. Lil bastids.

 
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Old 05-14-2008, 10:29 PM   #8
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What about aphids? any little white guys on the undersides of the leaves? They make holes like that.

 
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Old 05-15-2008, 02:02 AM   #9

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What about aphids? any little white guys on the undersides of the leaves? They make holes like that.
I think this One Should Have A Sticky!!!


Its probably one of two things if you can't see the bugs. Very likely spider mites or aphids.

To keep them away do one of the following;



Option 1
Mix ~1tsp of soap with one quart of water. The soap should be non detergent type. Like softsoap. Fill a garden sprayer with this blend of soapy water. Then thoroughly spray your hops.
A well cleaned out garden sprayer is the best for this. But a used glass cleaner bottle could do the same job.
Caution! - Trial test this on one leaf for 1 or 2 days to make sure your soap selection won't kill it first!!
Option 2 (More Serious Course of Action)
Wet the leaves, or do this with morning dew present, then sprinkle Diatomaceous Earth on the vines & leaves. The dust dehydrates the bugs and kills them.
Caution! - The dust is very irritating to your lungs use a mask & gloves.
If you see lady bugs on your hops leave them be. They eat aphids.

If you see beetles you will need pestacides.

You can spray all the way up to cone formation, after that begins stop using these bug deterents.

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Old 05-15-2008, 11:49 AM   #10
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Aphids weaken plants by attaching to the stem and tender areas and suck the sap, thus draining the plants life, from what I have ever seen they do not eat the plant matter itself. The round holes in the leaves look like the effect of the rasping feeding method of Slugs, but I see no slime trails...but that can be washed off. If you see glistening slime trails it is Slugs or Snails. Best way to find out, if you eat a Melon take half the shell and place it cut side down overnight at the base of the plant. In the morning turn it over.
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