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Green Pepper Bugs etc Help

Postby whiterabbit » Sep 27, 2008 10:42 pm

Hello folks I am wondering if anyone can help? We planted sweet green peppers along with some hot peppers this summer when it was time to harvest the peppers contained some sort of worm like bug. This is the second year that we experienced this. This year we used new seeds and planted the peppers in a diffrent spot in the garden. Last year we planted green peppers from diffrent seeds aswell. I am wondering if there is something in the soil. Anyone have any ideas and a possible solution.
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Re: Green Pepper Bugs etc Help

Postby OGrubber » Sep 28, 2008 8:04 am

It's very likely a pepper maggot.
The pepper maggot fly prefers bell type or thick fleshed pepper varieties to deposit her eggs in.
You might try growing a sweet banana type instead of the bells.
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Re: Green Pepper Bugs etc Help

Postby beeman » Sep 28, 2008 9:14 am

I had a similar problem with worms in strawberries disgusting things, couldn't find an answer anywhere, even the 'expert' at OMAFRA didn't know.
So have now decided to use 'beneficial' nematodes in an attempt to clear my garden soil of pests.
There is a post at http://www.canadiangardening.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=14237 which explains where and how, perhaps this might be an answer.
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Re: Green Pepper Bugs etc Help

Postby Mervyn » Sep 28, 2008 11:43 am

Found this via googling regarding pepper maggots

http://www.ext.vt.edu/pubs/entomology/4 ... 4-005.html

They can also attack eggplants and tomatoes.
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