Eating foliage of my sunflowers and hydrangeas

Last year and the year before, I had a terrible time in my both my vegetable garden and flower beds. Something was eating small holes in the leaves of my plants. When I turned the leaves over I could see small yellow "eggs" on the leaves. Anyone know what the culprit is, and how to treat it before it happens again this coming up season??? Thanks.
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  • 3po3 3po3 on Feb 24, 2013
    Do you have any photos? Or can you tell us what specific plants it attacked?

  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Feb 25, 2013
    I'll second Steve's question. It's hard to know what the problem might be without more information.

  • Lawn Pro Lawn Pro on Feb 25, 2013
    it appears you have spider mites ,spray with a insectacide top and underneath of foliage drench good and follow up in 2 weeks and do again

  • Lawn Pro Lawn Pro on Feb 25, 2013
    Forgot to mention you can also use dormant Lil.this will smother the insects

  • Wanda K Wanda K on Feb 25, 2013
    The plants that it seems to like most is my sunflower foliage, eggplant leaves, and my hydrangea leaves. Nothing touched the tomatoes, peppers, or herbs. I used a homemade pesticide of neem oil, and also tried a soap and cayenne pepper spray . Which helped some, but they always came back.

  • Wanda K Wanda K on Feb 25, 2013
    What is dormant Lil? Is it organic? I really do not want to kill any of the beneficial insects as well.

  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Feb 26, 2013
    Wanda, I think you're on the right track. You might try a commercial insecticidal soap like Safer.

  • Gail Salminen Gail Salminen on Mar 20, 2013
    @Wanda K your best bet may be to take a few leaves with the eggs - well seled in a baggie - to your local nursery. They should be able to identify and recomend the appropriat treatment. I had to do this a couple of years ago for an infestation on my creeping virginia. The recommended an ecological spray that worked well, haven't seen them since.