What's Eating Holes in My Hostas?

I have a row of wonderful hostas, but each plant looks like it has tiny bullet holes on the leaves. I used Epsom salt around the plants and sprayed vinegar water mixed with soap on the leaves. I also bought some stronger solution from Home Depot to no avail. What do you suggest?

It sounds like slugs or snails -- and one of the best treatments for these critters is to use a slug/snail bait. Look for baits at your local garden center or favorite online retailer; there are traditional and organic types available. 


I've also heard that mulching the soil around your plants with coffee grounds can help deter these critters, but I've not tried it myself. 

There's an old-time remedy that you can dig a shallow pan of beer in your garden so it's at soil level. A number of slugs/snails will crawl in and drown. This can provide some control, but it's not usually effective in large gardens or if you have a large population of slugs/snails.

1 Comment

  1. I use commercial sand (not play sand) and put it down all around the growing area as soon as the spikes start to push up in the spring. It seems to work for me.

All Topics in Insects Diseases Weeds

Better Homes & Gardens may receive compensation when you click through and purchase from links contained on this website.