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Van
My egg plant fruit has what looks like borer holes in it (no worms). Any ideas what it could be?

My egg plant fruit each have one hole in them up near the stem which looks like someone has used a cordless drill. When I cut it open, there is no worm, only a hole.

Submitted: 11:44AM, 11 Jan 2010
Answer: Dear Van,

The fact that the hole in your egg plant is so precise it is
difficult to know what has caused the hole in your egg plant. If it is a caterpillar that has caused this damage, you would notice them on the fruit or at least notice chewed leaves on the plant. The fact that there are no worms inside, indicates no fruit fly attack so that is good. Perhaps it may be a bird, but again the damage seems too precise.

I would suggest you keep an eye on your plants. If you notice further damage, it would be a good idea to give some protection either by placing some exclusion bags over the fruit or using a product such as Success, just in case it is caterpillar damage.

Answered: 11:28AM, 18 Jan 2010

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