My hosta planets have holes on the leaves, how do I get rid of the bug

Pam Everson
by Pam Everson
  7 answers
  • Pamela Rascoe Brown Pamela Rascoe Brown on Jun 16, 2017
    Spray with mixture of water and a few drops of dish soap. Seven dust would probably work. After a couple of days you could hose of the residual dust.

  • Ginny Ginny on Jun 16, 2017
    You don't. Snails love hosta. Go to planting loriope as I had to because of snails and holes.

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Jun 16, 2017
    Crushed egg shells will keep them away from munching.

  • William William on Jun 16, 2017
    More likely slugs.

    Sink a few bowls or plates in the ground level with the surface. Fill the bowls/plates with (cheap) beer. The yeast attracts the slugs. They drink their fill and drown. Not their sorrows

    Anything you can make it uncomfortable for the slugs/snails to crawl on will deter them. A combination of solutions from everyone here should take care of them.

    Broken nutshells work in the same way as egg shells when getting rid of slugs. Break up the nutshells into small pieces, and create a protective barrier around your plants. Any slugs that come near your vegetables will soon turn the other way.

    Crushed egg shells work as a great home remedy of slugs. This is because slugs don’t like moving across sharp objects, although it isn’t not impossible for them to do, they just prefer not to. Break up the empty egg shells into small(ish) pieces and place around the flowers, plants, vegetables, and fruits you want to keep safe from slug damage.

    Ash and Cinders make a rough protective barrier, and the fine ash also acts as a desiccant that dries the slug out. Wood ash and cinders are preferable. Avoid direct contact with plants.

    Grit and Gravel. The sharp rasping edges of finely crushed ‘horticultural grit’ makes an excellent slug barrier. Coarser gravel is largely ineffective, other than for decorative purposes.

    Sandpaper. Cut rings of sandpaper and slip them round the stems of vulnerable plants.

    Sawdust makes a good coarse barrier around tender plants, also acting as a desiccant that dries the slug out. Hardwood sawdust is most effective, and some people recommend cedar or oak.

    Copper Rings or Discs. Solid copper rings/discs of various diameter, used to encircle single or small groups of plants to inflict a mild electric shock on the unsuspecting slug. Look for rings that clip together. These are easy to slip round established plant stems, or join together to form a larger barrier.

  • Kori Pierce Taylor Kori Pierce Taylor on Jun 17, 2017
    Very wonderful and easy product that is great for many uses, food grade diatomaceous earth. Sprinkle it on the leaves and around the plant on ground, it is. wonderful, non-poisonous no fuss no muss, but it must be FOOD GRADE you can buy it on Amazon. There are great articles online about its many uses and description of just what it is. Google diatomaceous earth.

  • Blu16657132 Blu16657132 on Jun 17, 2017
    mix water & hot pepper flakes. spray the plant. don't have one hole in my hostas anymore

  • Blu16657132 Blu16657132 on Jun 17, 2017
    mix water & hot pepper flakes, spray on hosta plants. don't have any holes in my plants with this method