Insects eating hostas
I have many different varieties of mature hostas and this is the first year I've noticed that something is eating at the leaves, especially on the large, dark green leaves. What can I use to prevent any more damage?
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

Slugs are the primary pests on Hostas. They like the cool, dark habitat under the Hostas and then they come out at night to eat holes in the leaves. The safest product for slugs is diatomaceous earth, an abrasive powder that is too sharp for their tender bodies. Sprinkle it on the ground around your hostas and the damage will end immediately. Be careful not to inhale--or let your pets inhale--the diatomaceous earth.

Answered by BHGgardenEditors
Community Answers (4)

I find that salt may also be helful.
Submitted by Shirleen01

I use crushed egg shells under my hostas to prevent slugs from eating them. I just keep the egg shells in a bowl until I have enough to put all around the plant(s). It has worked really well so far. We eat eggs so it is free for me to use and nothing harmful to your pets or children in your garden. I have used egg shells around other plants as well.
Submitted by cbrignall1

I use crushed egg shells under my hostas to prevent slugs from eating them. I just keep the egg shells in a bowl until I have enough to put all around the plant(s). It has worked really well so far. We eat eggs so it is free for me to use and nothing harmful to your pets or children in your garden. I have used egg shells around other plants as well. Patricia from Hamilton, Ontario
Submitted by cbrignall1