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Flea beetles have always been in all of my vegetable gardens. But this year I was taken aback as the damage was very noticeable. What I've found is that early in the season, a TRAP CROP near the CASH CROPS is pretty much all one can do. I sorta ended up HAVING a trap crop and it worked well! My beds are raised (without any wood, blocks) with trenches ...


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Sprinkle all parts of the plant with finely ground, the hottest you can find, hot pepper powder or hot pepper juice. Spray juice from a mister after filtering out chunks with cheese cloth or a coffee filter. Refresh after every rain. Mammals, but not birds, can taste the hot pepper and after one taste, they will stay away. You can make your own hot pepper ...


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Regarding the Bt for beetles, they made it into a product, but it's not selling (well). I tried it and it didn't really work against japanese beetles. I don't think it's going to be around (on the market) much longer. But I don't know if it would work on flea beetles; I do know it was expensive. Also, I'd say neem generally doesn't work well on beetles ...


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Wrong...Rats do eat plants and from my experience they especially like herbs. I have tried to grow herbs for years in my "city garden" and the rats destroy everything within the first week. And unfortunately I have no cure - ours have moved on to also eating the electrical wires in our car and the cable tv wires. Rats are a nuisance.


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I'd be very surprised if its actually rats eating your plants - rats will eat almost anything, but plants would be the last thing on the list, unless its a fruiting vegetable plant such as corn. You may have rats coming to check out the balcony, especially if, at any time, you've eaten out there or left other foodstuffs lying around, including things like ...


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I vote for cut worms. Just takes one to damage plants. Go out at night with a flashlight. They can get fairly big. Use scissors and cut it in half. Where is this plant? The guy might just be in the potting soil curled up for the day. Dig around a bit. Leaf cutter bees are the mason bees. I've never ever seen them actually harm or cut up plants. In ...


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This looks like the work of cutter bees to me. Their damage to the leaves of your peppers is often outweighed by their benefit in your garden as a pollinator. Here's some good reading on them. http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/insects/leaf-cutter-bees.htm And here's the Wikipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Megachilidae


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When squirrels eat or just nibble on juicy fruits like tomatoes, they are looking for water. So give them a dish of water they can reach. They can climb almost anything.


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For the last two summers, I have been spraying a product called Critter Ridder around the outside of my tomato planting area. I haven't had any issues with squirrels since I started using it. Critter Ridder contains black pepper, piperine, and capsaicin (in fact, the spray smells strongly of black pepper), which deters certain animals. The Amazon reviews are ...


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No it won't work. Chipmunks are coming to your yard for any combination of food, shelter and water. To block the hole wait till you see the chipmunk outside the hole and stuff chicken wire down it. I have also used coyote or red fox urine which you can buy from hunting stores. This only keeps them away for a while. A better way is to remove what they ...


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Messing with burrow entrances doesn't work for a lot of burrowing animals, including chipmunks, because their burrows have multiple entrances. Going from http://www.gardensalive.com/product/when-chipmunks-go-bad/you_bet_your_garden it looks like commercial deer repellent is a good option. Or you can make your own: Puree 1 hot pepper and 1 clove of ...



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