What Animals Eat Hostas? Creatures That You Need to Be Aware Of
You did not see it coming, did you? I knew that you had added the latest of your perennial plants’ collection. But, where are those hostas now?
The green leaves, pretty flowers and the beautiful display of harmony are all gone. The leaves were eaten, even the stems are gnawed and the roots too. The sight is a complete disaster!
I can’t blame you when I saw the shock, frustration, and anger in your face. Even so, you are more puzzled than annoyed upon staring at those destroyed plants. What animals eat hostas?
You see, animals can be a darling. However, do you know that they can be a headache too? Do you have an idea who ate your hostas?
Plenty of creatures thrive by eating plants surrounding them. You need to be aware at least of those that are common in anyone’s garden. Knowing those animals is a way of protecting your plants.
Deer could be troublesome. Do you have plenty of them around? Hostas are their favorite. If they can’t attack your plants at daytime, for sure, it won’t take an hour before all your hostas are gone for their midnight grub.
The fragrant scent of the plants can easily lure these large animals in your vicinity. If you can find a way, apply heavy protection to those sweet-smelling ones. But, overly aromatic foliage can repel deer. If the scent is too strong for their nose, they tend to be confused.
You can protect your hostas by spraying some of that deer repellent. They are non-toxic to your plants but covers them with a bitter taste. The deer may avoid the hostas because of the nasty taste of the leaves, but take note that this spray is not waterproof.
The spraying method is only practical on dry weather; otherwise, you will find yourself spraying after each rain.
Have you thought about investing for a sturdy and secure fence instead? Since deer are large and can jump, I recommend installing high and metal fences to keep the scavengers out.
Rabbits and hostas do not go along together. So when you are a hosta collector, and your children suddenly want a pet rabbit, what will you do? I warn you, rabbits can really be a nuisance.
These furry babies prefer the newly sprouted leaves for their nibbling. Expect that happening in early spring and may go further and eat flowers later on. It’s hard to control rabbits especially when you are living in an area where they are free to roam and multiply.
Fences can be effective but never underestimate a rabbit. Since they are small, can jump, and smart, they may find ways on how to beat that naughty fence. Anyways, clearing your place from weeds may help.
Try mowing your area and get rid of the weeds that surround your hostas. These little destroyers can hide behind the bushes and high grasses. Give yourself visual access around to see what’s coming.
Oh dear, if none of these will work, will it warm your heart if I give you some rabbit stew, or a joke or two?
Squirrels, Voles, Rats, And Other Types Of Rodents
These creatures are more bothersome than the rabbit and deer, particularly on dry season. Squirrels turn to leaves and roots for water during dry weather. These animals are smaller, faster and use a technique that is hard to detect.
Unfortunately, they are not satisfied with eating the leaves of the hostas alone, but they also dig under and chew the roots. Therefore, discovering the damage would often be too late.
Now, no plant will survive after such an attack. Such nuisance does not only stop from restricting the growth of the hostas but kill them as well.
To protect this from happening, you can enclose your hostas with cages and fences. It would be an enormous job to do considering that you own a variety of hostas around. This is also true with burying steel meshes or inclusions around the plants to protect the roots.
Other options would be to spray spicy sauce or sprinkle pepper on the leaves (and at the area that surrounds it) to discourage the animals from eating them. Imagine the time and effort you will spend if you have a vast landscape.
The animals I have mentioned are big sufficient to spot. Unless they burrow underneath, they are large enough to see at daylight and noisy enough to detect at night
Snails And Slugs
These nocturnal pests are what I dread the most. They are tiny, slow, slimy and many all over. They stick around without causing any noise.
I call them the silent destroyers who leave traces of tiny holes, wet and shiny trails. You can prevent these pests from eating all your hostas by picking them manually. I am scared of little slimy things that crawl, stick, and wriggle so this is already a big NO for me, but might work for you.
Hence, I opt for beer traps. Merely put a little bit of beer in a small tin or any container and place a number of it around the area. It will attract snails and slugs because of its smell.
They will go in, sip some, get drunk, fall in, drown, and die.
The pure happiness the hostas bring to a green thumb’s heart is incomparable. Just gazing at the beauty of your work brings wonders to your mind. For me, they are my therapy to keep me calm.
Surely, you will understand to know that having such creatures who can destroy it is utterly devastating. That is why I make sure to let you know what animals eat hostas. Being aware of such situations can prevent the destruction of your hostas.
Prevention is vital. Especially regarding protecting the garden that you have toiled and spent a fortune. The animals around helps balance nature. Hence, it is also our responsibility to protect them. Be responsible and don’t use drastic measures that may harm them while protecting your hostas.