Need a response on herbs, please

I have sent this question twice now on the newsgroup, but I am having trouble with my ISP. I can't even find the second message on Google, and there was no response to my first. I would appreciate advice.
Something is devouring my basil leaves. How can I stop this? My rhubarb leaves are also being decimated - is there a treatment for this?
Many thanks. I'd appreciate a reply.
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limey wrote:

Sounds like snails.
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What exactly do snails sound like?
Sponge Bob's pet snail Gary goes meow. Is that what you mean?

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Interesting.
Don't you even think of getting "herbal viagra" over the internet.
Seems you have a pest that favors pesto!!! Olive oil and garlic would be the next things to add.
Trying to get into a rhubarb over rhubarb too?

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wrote:

The first step is finding out what is eating it. Do a careful inspection, the inspect again 2 hours after dark. My basil leaves have a few chew holes, but I've been eating them anyway. Snails and slugs will do damage, but we have plenty of night-hunting toads.
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"Phisherman" wrote in message "limey" > wrote:

rhubarb
Frankly, I have never seen a snail or slug since we moved here, plus toads and frogs are getting increasingly rare. The only pests I have seen are on the basil - tiny winged bugs scurrying all over the place. I'm trying to find out what to spray with - will insecticidal soap work, or is it toxic? I'm not concerned about the rhubarb - the leaves won't be eaten, anyway.
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wrote:

There are a number of food-safe insecticide products you can use, including insecticidal soap. However, I have had limited effectiveness with insecticidal soap.
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Least toxic solutions require some basic pest ID and lifecycle data. Folks like Lar can easily guide you to more effective non toxic solutions.

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Do you mean aphids?

Ok, what exactly do you mean by 'decimated'? Are there only a few holes (thus the word 'decimated' being overreaction), or are there only little strings remaining on what once were leaces? If the latter, I would be worried about the health of the rhubarb, too. After all, the leaves carry nutrients to the roots, and after a few years, you won't have any rhubarb to harvest.
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