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Root tip munching

Discussion in 'Issues, Disease and Pests' started by Dave, Mar 14, 2010.

  1. Dave

    Dave Active Member Supporting Member

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    Something is munching growing root tips. I assumed it was slugs, but a couple of beer traps netted zilch. Are there other candidates, or is it likely to be slugs and I'm just not catching/killing them?
     
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    Alexis New Member

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    I recently had a rat take up residence, and this was one of his calling cards. I've also heard that roaches will eat roots, but don't have any personal experience with them in my plants.
     
  3. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    If it is just the tips, I would suggest bush snails. Slugs are a tad less discriminating and there slime trails are more obvious.
     
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    mrbreeze Anglican Supporting Member

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    And I cast my vote for the squirrels of the crustacean realm....sow bugs. Or if you prefer, pill bugs. Or....rolly pollies. They're voracious root munchers.
     
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    orchidsmyhobby New Member

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    and Mr.Breeze what is your formula for that dreaded beast ?
     
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    mrbreeze Anglican Supporting Member

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    My formula:

    (1)orthene/systemic x 2x/month + 30% - [y(finger squishing)] = death/(x)bugs
     
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    Dale New Member

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    I agree with Floozo about the pest. I'm a little ambivalent about his treatment, though. I use Sevin. It also has a bonus aspect of killing a lot of other pests including millepedes.
     
  8. seidenfaden

    seidenfaden Well-Known Member

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    I find that in my greenhouse wood lice (pillbugs) love the green growing tips of roots, especially orchids with thicker roots.
    I use ant repellent powder.