• If you need help identifying a pepper, disease, or plant issue, please post in Identification.

pests Holes in pepper leaves - Pests?

I was hoping someone could help with this. I recently have begun planting pepper starters in my garden. Some were planted a bit early and were not hardened off properly so they got a bit sunburned. The big problem I am having however is that I am noticing holes in the leaves and what looks like splitting and cracking (see pictures.) At first, I thought it was a product of the sunscald combined with excessive wind we've had in Maryland lately. But now it is apparent that something is getting at the leaves.
 
I have looked the leaves over for pests and haven't found any cutworms or hornworms. During a midnight visit to the garden, I did notice some little fly-type pests (see picture.) There are birds all over and possibly rabbits getting into the garden as well.
 
Can anyone provide some advice for what's going on? What should I be looking for? How can I prevent this from continuing?
 
Help!?!?!
 
Thanks,
Bill
Marriottsville, MD
 

Attachments

  • pepperleavesdamage2.jpg
    pepperleavesdamage2.jpg
    139 KB · Views: 124
  • pepperleavesdamage1.jpg
    pepperleavesdamage1.jpg
    135.8 KB · Views: 121
  • pepperleavesdamage4.jpg
    pepperleavesdamage4.jpg
    115.5 KB · Views: 115
  • pepperleavesdamage3.jpg
    pepperleavesdamage3.jpg
    136.9 KB · Views: 115
  • fly on pepper leaf.jpg
    fly on pepper leaf.jpg
    46.4 KB · Views: 119
Back
Top