Colloquial expression usually referring to arthropods.

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Will growing Garlic in a garden keep insects away?

I was reading about how Garlic keeps insects away, and was wondering if just growing garlic in the garden will keep insects like Mosquitoes away.
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Indoor Garden Built - Now Little Flies!

We built this indoor "garden" in our office as a prank for one of our employees who was out for a stint. It was only meant to be temporary, however we have all grown a liking to it. We ended up ...
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What are these white bugs all over my lettuce?

I noticed these tiny white bugs on several of my romaine leaves today. Detail is not great since it was a camera phone, but they're about 2mm in length and there are hundreds of them. What are they ...
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What is causing curled and deformed capsicum and chilli leaves?

I live in western South Australia (Mediterranean climate with sandy, pH neutral soils). I turned over the vegetable garden (history unknown) in August/September, adding Dynamic Lifter for vegetables, ...
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What are these woodlouse-like bugs and how do I kill them?

I have these black woodlouse like bugs that infested my whole back yard. They are eating through many of the leaves in our garden and wreaking havoc. (Click to enlarge) What kind of pesticide / ...
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How to treat diseases and bugs on peach tree?

I have a young peach tree (18 months old, never gave fruits) in my yard in Florida that recently lost all its leaves. The leaves are eaten but also covered with brown spots. I'm wondering if the issue ...
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What is this grub-like bug that's eating my eggplant leaves?

Recently I noticed some bugs eating the leaves of my eggplant. This is the first time I've ever seen these and so far the only plants they are on are the eggplant, they wont touch the peppers next to ...
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How effective are praying mantis in keeping a garden clear of pests?

I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with using praying mantises for pest control, and what kinds of pests could be managed with them?
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What is this Michigan garden insect with a striped body and reddish head?

Here's a photo of a bug in Michigan that's eating my tomato, chard, and other plant leaves. Can you identify it? For extra credit, can you tell me how to get rid of it organically?
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Rollie pollies - are they harmful to vegetables? [duplicate]

I have a vegetable raised box where I grow various vegetables in spring and summer. I noticed quite a few Rollie pollies in the box. Wondering if they will harm my vegetable crop this year and what if ...
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How should I deal with these ill pepper plants?

I've had these pepper plants for a year and a half now. They weren't 100% healthy when I bought them. The actual plan was to pick the fruits and then bin the plants, but I felt bad doing that! They ...
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are yellow ladybugs a threat to tomato plants?

I have a tomato plant in a large planter. I spotted several yellow lady bugs on the leaves as i was pruning the plant. The plant seems to be doing very well in the fall so far. I was a bit curious ...
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What's this hard, brown bug with lots of legs and will it harm my veggies?

I recently moved my seedling outside and as I started removing weeds and moving the soil I found several of these bugs, is it something I should worry about? In case it matters, I moved some ...
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What is this bug with a hundred feet that I found in my garden?

This bug was crawling between my pot garden this morning. Can anyone tell me what it is? (Im sorry for the bluryness, it moves so fast!
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What kind of disease does my orange tree have?

Within the span of a few days, my Citrus sinensis started to display what looks like dandruff on the back of the leaves. As of now, many leaves have dried up and some have fallen on the ground. What ...
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What kind of bug is this and do I need to get rid of it? [duplicate]

I was looking through my vegetable garden this evening and noticed two of these bugs crawling over my lettuce: Does anyone know what type of bug this is and if it's something I need to get rid of? ...
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Identify striped bug on plants: safe or suspect?

New to gardening, many species are unknown to me. This one (and many of its friends) with nice metallic colored stripes just apppear on my lavender, rosemary and slightly less on honeysuckle. What ...
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What's this white bug?

I found these white bugs on my Carolina Reaper plant last week. They seem to leave white webs/fluff behind them, as you can see in the picture. From what I've read online, they appear to me to be ...
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Managing Bronze Orange Bugs on citrus trees

How can I eliminate Bronze Orange (stink) Bugs from my citrus trees? I know that spraying the trees with Confidor will get rid of these bugs, however I've been told that it's not suitable to use on ...
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Night-blooming Jasmine (cestrum nocturnum) leaves are being eatin by something!

My Night-blooming Jasmine (cestrum nocturnum) leaves are being eatin by something. Anyone know what it could be and how to avoid this?
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How can I get rid of these bugs on my African violets?

I had two pots of Saintpaulia (African Violet). They've been doing pretty well, lots of flowers, and breeding! However one of them has starting having bugs. When the blossoms open up, there are one or ...
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What are these black bugs on my zucchini plant?

I've noticed these black "fruit fly" looking bugs on my plant lately. They appear to fly and they are everywhere. I've taken a few pics. I can't tell if they're doing damage but I want them gone. Can ...
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What kind of bug is this & does it eat aphids?

I want to get rid of aphids in my garden in a non-chemical way. I know that certain bugs can help a lot by eating aphids. One such example are ladybugs, but unfortunately I can't find big populations ...
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White stripy things on trunk are killing my plant

Something is killing my plant. The leaves are loosing their colour. On the branches, there is a white, stripy discharge that's slowly taking over the entire plant. Can someone identify this and tell ...
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Small black/gray bugs proliferating in vegetable garden

I have previously noticed (on a sunny day, when my plants were all still small) a lot of tiny black/gray (maybe even /brown) bugs crawling around on the woodchips in my garden with a seeming flea-like ...
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Green long caterpiller like bugs [pics included] on my Cassia fistula

This fowering plant is in its early developing stage, but these tiny soldiers are carving it upside down(the leaves). Take a look: Another lovely plant, that is fully grown, just next to it. ...
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What are these yellow bugs and should I be worried?

I took a close look at one of my plants, and saw all these tiny yellow bugs. They don't seem to be hurting the plant, but I thought I'd ask to make sure. If it helps, this is in the San Francisco ...
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What is this bug and how do I keep it from eating my plants' leaves?

Can someone tell me if they know what type of bug this is? If so, how do I get rid of it as it seems to be eating the leaves. Click any photo for full size
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How to handle insects in standing water

Here in Texas, we've been getting an unusual amount of rain. Large parts of my yard have been having a hard time trying to dry out, with some visible water standing just below the grass level. I've ...
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Snake eating tomato plant leafs? [duplicate]

I prepared seedlings of tomato plants. Now from around a week there are snake like design in leafs. There is some sort of bug inside leaf which is eating. What should i do for it. Can/should i use ...
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Why is my gardenia covered with flies, ants, and other insects?

Why are insects of all kinds covering my gardenia?
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Is there a danger to combining multiple fruit tree sprays in one sprayer?

I have a few very small apple and fig trees. I planted the apple trees last year and had a huge problem with bug completely defoliating them. I bought some 'Bonide Fruit Tree Spray' and started ...
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What's causing small black dots and holes in the leaves of my potted vegetable plants?

We planted a bunch of vegetables in different pots for the first time this year. We haven't used any pesticides or fertilizers on them. We've been noticing little black dots on the pots we planted ...
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What are these beetles/spiders on my Sambuca plant?

Can anyone recognize these beetles/spiders on the below picture, which are all over my Sambuca plant? Hires picture here. I have just sprayed them with ECOstyle LuseFri insect soap mixed with Neem ...
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Chilli Plant Bugs/Brown-Purple Staining

I have an indoor jalapeno, cayenne and birds eye chillies which I planted from seed and moved indoors at the end of summer. They have become infested with tiny bugs which live on the bottoms of the ...
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Getting rid of the bugs on the Lotus maculatus

I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, and have noticed today that a couple of our Lotus maculatus, aka "Gold Flash", are infested with bugs, as you can see in the picture below. They are in pots, ...