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I have a pest chewing off pea & bean seedings, they are grey in colour & look like mealy bugs (segmented bodies) but do not think they are, if you leave anything moist on the garden by morning there is lots of them under it?

Submitted: 12:07PM, 20 Mar 2010
Answer: Dear Russell,

The pest attacking your seedlings is likely to be slaters. Usually they don’t do a lot of damage as they are more interested in organic matter, but they have been known to attack young seedlings. The best method of attack is to place plant collars (old pots with the bottoms cut out or plastic drinking cups with the bottoms cut out) pushed down over the top of young seedlings into the soil. This way you are preventing the slaters from coming in contact with the plants. You will need to keep the seedlings protected for the first few weeks. Once the stems of the seedling toughens up, they are less likely to be attacked.

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