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What pest is eating new growth? Need quick help!

This is a discussion on What pest is eating new growth? Need quick help! within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; It is definitely SLUG/SNAIL damage, these critters feed at night, just take a torch and ...

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    It is definitely SLUG/SNAIL damage, these critters feed at night, just take a torch and hunt those ********* down. My worst enemies. I use Ferric phosphate bait for these critters, it is a completely harmless chemical suitable and recommended for even organic farming.

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    Thanks for your comments and suggestions! After reading here on the forum about a trick to combat snails/slugs, I added a few slices of potatoes in the pot amongst the copper pennies and orange slices!! I hadn't seen any slimy snail tracks on the plants but thought I'd give it a try. It worked! Today I have caught several tiny tiny snails, barely visible to the naked eye. One was big enough (<2mm) to photograph. They are too small to leave any visible tracks behind but they sure have an appetite!!! Amey and others who suspected snails, you are absolutely right! My phals are going to have potatoes all over them for a little while and if need be, I use Ferric phosphate on them. Thanks Amey for naming the product to use.
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    In my case, I'm sure it is not snails (I'm used to them and I recognize the damages they cause) but rather a kind of grasshopper or green stink bug.

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    Mabuhay!

    It can be mice

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    I would guess grasshopper too. Time to spray.

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    Luckily snails and slugs only need a bottlecap of beer. That leaves the rest to me......

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