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I planted about 50 green bean plants. All got to be about 4 or 5 inches tall and then one night all their leaves were gone. I now have 50 green sticks with no leaves. The entire garden is surrounded by a 5 foot tall chicken wire fence. So, two questions...<br><br>
1. What is eating the beans?<br><br>
2. How can I protect them from attack again?
 

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Wow! That sounds crazy. Either you have a ton of slugs/snails or pincher bugs. Both can easily be caught by a pan of beer at ground level, pinchers more than slugs, but slugs/snails can be caught out when it is cool. I hope you can figure out what is doing this. I had a few green beans decapitated this year already.
 

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I had the same thing happen to me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: I was hoping for some info as well.
 

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Young rabbits can burrow under your fence or squeeze through holes smaller than you might think. We bury our fence a few inches. I've heard human or pet hair around the plants can help deter rabbits. I've had that same thing happen several times over the years. It's so frustrating. Your bean plants should come back though.
 

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The fence does go about 3 or 4 inches into the ground. All holes have also been sealed. It's just really frustrating because the beans are the only things being touched. Everyone tells me that beans are one of the easiest things to grow.
 

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They are if you can keep them from the bugs and critters. They love them!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Eat">:
 

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Ok, with mine I found it possibly is aphid/ant problem. I read the aphid will leave a sugary substance behind from their eating and the ants will eat because the the substance left behind. That is what was happening to mine.
 
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