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    Posted: 10 June 2007 at 15:46
I am dealing with a little problem; i have 4 plants growing in pots outside and they are growing well but lately the leaves are being eaten. i expected it to be snails, but then slimetracks should be visible and i can't see any......
 
i checked at night because then it's cooler and snails are more active and i saw one snail but about 10 earwigs in my plants....
 
so now my question is: do earwigs eat cannabis plants? or is it just the snails, and how can i keep one of these species from eating my plants?
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Here is a picture of the damage:
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cricky some ones had a meal outta your baby there mate i dont know if that is snails slugs or the dredded spider mite have a look and make sure theres no lil webs under leafs if it is snails slugs put down plenty of slug pellets salt even and if its spider mites theres a spray you can easyly get esp in dam i forget the name of it but mick or ganja will know it im sure all will be well.
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  Quote connery Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 June 2007 at 11:43
Other way,  maybe it is a small caterpillar and it works during the night,  if possible go with a light , you can easily find out them and remove. 
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  Quote abe Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 June 2007 at 15:18
snail hate ashes! after every rain put ashes around your plants again, it also contains spore elements your plants will like. If you see a snail, salt it! (sorry but it's them or us)
water with soap also helps agains bugs.
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  Quote Ganja Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 June 2007 at 15:28
I don't think earwigs eat plants.

The damage looks like it's from caterpillars or snails. Unless the snails are quite small, it's probably caterpillars. Looking at the leaf, it doesn't seem that a full-sized snail could move across it without bending it.

Pyrethrum is a good wide-spectrum, low-toxicity insecticide.

Pyrethrum probably won't help get rid of snails, but they're big enuogh to remove manually, unlike most cannabis pests.

The ash idea sounds like a good one.
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  Quote farmer mick Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 June 2007 at 19:04
I also think it's caterpillars - the damage looks a bit too small to be snails - those SOBs will eat the whole leaf and just leave the veins behind.
 
On another note... I found this while looking for pics of snail damage. BEST SITE EVER!! The best guide I've ever seen to nutrient and pest problems. Best photos too..
 
Every forum user should save this link straight away. ----> http://www.icmag.com/ic/showthread.php?t=11688
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  Quote holistic Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 June 2007 at 20:13
thanks farmer gr8 info and gr8 site
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  Quote Signum Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 June 2007 at 21:17
Thanx for all the info, the picture on the link farmer posted looks just like my damage, now i must see to get rid of them.....
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  Quote Grasso Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 June 2007 at 21:17
Hello,

earwigs protected my salads. This year black, spiked caterpillars are eating solely stinging nettles. A lot of hemp seeds and seedlings were tasted and eaten by mice, snails, rabbits, birds, and so on. "Them or us", but also "live and let live". Jonas, the caterpillars or whatever might have been in transit.

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  Quote Signum Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 June 2007 at 21:21
so the presence of earwigs might be caused by the caterpillars?
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  Quote farmer mick Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 June 2007 at 22:45
Don't worry about the earwigs. You need to get rid of the caterpillars. Inspect the plants thoroughly from top to bottom and remove every caterpillar you find. They will normally be hiding underneath a leaf. Try to figure out where the freshest damage is and they will probably be nearby on the plant.
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  Quote Ganja Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 June 2007 at 11:41
That is a nice link, mick.

I'm trying to compile a similar guide, though I can mostly take occasional pics of pests like mites, mildew or thrips. We don't get very many nutrient problems in the Museum.
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  Quote abe Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 June 2007 at 17:06
if I did not believe in the 'them or us' thing I wouldn't be able to smoke my own weed. So I don't let them live. What did the snails do for me? Water the plants? Buy clones or seeds?
And do you have another solution than salt?
About the caterpillars: use an old toothbrush for the leave bottomsides. Also use lemon juice as they hate that.
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  Quote Signum Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 June 2007 at 23:32
I found out that it's mainly snails, i spotted a huge one climbin this 0,5 cm stem, thought it would be hard but no, spotted some slimetracks too, and i saw just one tiny caterpillar so most damage will be caused by snails, i've put a circle of salt on the ground around the containers, that will certainly scare them off untill the next rain! any other suggestions?
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