Who/what is eating my mint? What should I do about it? Can I do something organic? I had destroyed my mint a year ago by spraying a pesticide, so I don't want to go that route.

I live in Jaipur, India. The current temperature is 22-35 degree C (70-75 F).

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Seems like your culprit is smallish. Candidates would be

  • caterpillars
    Check for their droppings - greenish or blackish "pearls" - or the animals themselves hiding either under the leaves or along the stems. Simply pick them off, no chemicals needed.
  • slugs or snails
    tend to leave slimy traces - search and remove like caterpillars.
  • bugs
    rather unlikely, but a close inspection should clarify this soon. Proceed as above.
  • What should i do now ? Any organic pesticide ?
    – Saurabh
    Commented Oct 20, 2015 at 13:07
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    Unless you have very many pots, use tweezers or your hands and simply pluck them off. You just have to find them, but that probably needs just some close inspection, if necessary, check the plants at night.
    – Stephie
    Commented Oct 20, 2015 at 13:09
  • If it's bugs, a strong fan, or vacuum cleaner set to reverse can blow most of them off. Commented Oct 20, 2015 at 13:16
  • "Check the plant at night" ...what difference should be there?
    – Saurabh
    Commented Oct 20, 2015 at 14:19
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    Thanks for the help. I checked today and saw there were many very small bugs. Tweezers would not work on those. I used water with pressure on them and most of them are gone, Also changed the pot place (with more sun now), Lets see if this helps.
    – Saurabh
    Commented Oct 21, 2015 at 6:46

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