Elephant Ear Plants
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Elephant Ear Pests

Zone Greer, SC | Greenhorn added on June 14, 2016 | Answered

Something is munching on my EEs. I have been reluctant to treat the problem until I could identify the offender, so that I have the best chance at stopping the problem. Days, nights, no matter. I never see them. I never see any signs of slugs, earwigs, grasshoppers, etc. Meanwhile, they are being munched. I do see sawflies on my wife's Hibiscus about 10 yards away. We treat that with Sevin powder somewhat successfully. But I don't think they are the culprit on EEs. Can you make a suggestion as to my best starting point for stopping the munching - given I never see what is doing it?

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Answered on June 16, 2016

This looks like slug damage to me. Slugs are rarely seen and eat plants at night.

Here are some links with more information.
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/insects/kill-garden-slugs.htm

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/elephant-ear/elephant-ear-brown-edges.htm

Neem Oil is also a good choice for pest control in the garden. Neem Oil is organic and is safe for people, pets and Bees. It also works as a fungicide.
Here is an article that you may find interesting.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm

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