I have a basil plant and all of a sudden the leaves are full of holes as shown in the picture. Holes on basil leaves

I am not sure if these are related:

  1. Two days ago it rained fiercely and at some point there was also hail.
  2. The basil plant had a neigbhour plant that had mealybugs.
  3. At the bottom of the stem, it appears some balls attached to the stem. I have no idea if these pests eggs. [Eggs]

In addition, there is no snails in the vicinity of the plant. I checked the surrounding of the plant and there was no snails.

  • Related, as far as the little "nubs" are concerned: gardening.stackexchange.com/questions/19596/…
    – Stephie
    Oct 24, 2015 at 15:18
  • @Stephie, how is that question related to my question? Oct 24, 2015 at 16:05
  • The little brown balls are discussed there (in the comments). If they come off easily, they are probably eggs, but they look like roots starting to form.
    – Stephie
    Oct 24, 2015 at 16:34
  • Did the holes develop immediately after the hail storm?
    – GardenerJ
    Oct 24, 2015 at 17:44
  • @GardenerJ I am not sure but I think that the holes would be bigger if they were caused by the hail storm. Oct 24, 2015 at 19:47

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I think they are eggs of some parasite, Coccoidea Handlirsch or aphid. Spray on some decoction, you can try Cinnamon, Garlic, Chili Pepper, Nettle or simply Marsiglia Soap. Not all of them together of course XD

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