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Rubber plant insect

This plant is on my front porch & some type of insect is chewing the leaves. Any idea what it might be & how to get rid of it?

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  • Pewelewis
    Pewelewis Arlington, TX
    on Sep 12, 2016

    might be slugs

  • Berylee
    Berylee
    on Sep 12, 2016

    Take a leaf a nursery near you or take a pic of it.

  • Sophia,M.,McConnery
    Sophia,M.,McConnery Canada
    on Sep 12, 2016

    Use a spray mixture of white vinegar,couple of drops of dish soap,and water,after you remove the eaten parts.

  • Janet Pizaro
    Janet Pizaro Smithtown, NY
    on Sep 12, 2016

    Trim off the infected leaves and proceed to spray the plant down with horticulture oil making sure you get the leaves over and under. Check for signs of webbing and small insects on the leaves. If there are insects on the plant I suggest repotting it as spraying alone will not kill any eggs in the soil.

  • Johnchip
    Johnchip Washington, DC
    on Sep 12, 2016

    Those are bite/chew marks. Frank SInatra might help: Just what makes that little old ant Think he'll move that rubber tree plant Anyone knows an ant, can't Move a rubber tree plant But he's got high hopes, he's got high hopes He's got high apple pie, in the sky hopes. Check around for an ant trail in the garden they love to climb and cut leaves and usually start near the top new growth. Go to their source and kill the nest. Also if you cannot find the trail, put a glue trap down on floor or fly paper all around the base of the pot and see who is stuck on it in the morning.

    • Johnchip
      Johnchip Washington, DC
      on Sep 13, 2016

      RobinRedo. did you read the whole comment? First I think it is a funny reference to the ants and rubber tree. Then I do 'elaborate', if you bothered to read. I say how to get find out if it is the problem,which from the picture and description of it being on the porch is likely ants. and I suggest that she must then get to the nest to rid the problem. Maybe you should smile, and read rather than acting like you are the police and go out to criticize others. Isn't it odd you have made the same nasty remark for days on all my comments? Are you a professional HomeTalk stalker?

  • GV
    GV Greenwood, IN
    on Sep 12, 2016

    I thought I might know until I saw the photo. I agree about taking off nibbled leaves. Plastic bag the leaf to the nursery is a great idea too. The bugs along the veins look like they could be scale - they like those parts because they can get lots of juice. Regardless, I'd say get a houseplant systemic insecticide - a powder to sprinkle in the soil and water in. It's soaked up thru the plant system (brand Bonide) and then the bugs suck on it and die. Scale is touch to get rid of by spraying because the outer shell is hard and they do their damage form the underneath. Move other plants away if your have them near.

  • Lyla
    Lyla India
    on Sep 12, 2016

    Can't tell what's eating it but a dilution of neem oil - azaridicta indica - sprayed on should work.

  • Nekko8
    Nekko8 Blaine, WA
    on Sep 12, 2016

    Do you have a pet?

  • Allison
    Allison Perkinston, MS
    on Sep 12, 2016

    Looks like mealy bugs. Cut off the chewed frons and wipe the plant down with a mild natural dish soap and water with a sponge. If you can spray it off when your done with a soft spray of the hose. If not then use less soap and repeat as needed.

  • DB
    DB Fort Collins, CO
    on Sep 13, 2016

    here is my grandmothers all purpose formula for bugs on plants 1, brew very strong tea at least 6 tea bags in 4 C boiling water Regular tea- it is the tannic acid that you are going for 2, add some chopped garlic while the tea is brewing some folks add tobacco but I don't smoke 3. cool the brew 4. Add 1/4 C of liquid dish soap Wash leaves and stems - spray or douse outside plants (i won't hurt the flowers) For potted plants let the soil dry and pour the solution over the soil so it runs through the plant. This will do in the critters that may be living in the soil. [you may even see them floating in the saucer the next morning--some are too hard to see] I do this to all my potted plants that summer outdoors before I bring them in for the winter. Good luck

  • Teresa C
    Teresa C Willow Spring, NC
    on Sep 25, 2016

    Thanks everyone! You guys are the best!

  • Lynn
    Lynn Bakersfield, CA
    on Oct 3, 2016

    Wow, must be Big Grasshopper?

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