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How do I prevent holes in the leaves of my vegetable garden?

Something is eating the leaves of several plants in my vegetable garden. Can you help determine what is causing this and how I can prevent it? This affects several of my vegetables: Turnips, Lettuce, ...
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Is Dawn dish soap effective and safe to kill ants on my houseplants?

I have used Dawn dish soap on my animals to combat fleas and I was wondering if it is safe to use on ants in my plants as well. We have a real problem with ants in our yard and I had some of the ...
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How to Control Tomato Hornworms?

I've sprayed my plants with DiPel DF as a way of controlling Tomato Hornworms. (The Dipel Solution called for 2 to 4 teaspoons per 32oz of water.) It killed the hornworms effectively; however, it's ...
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Methods for saving amaryllis bulb infected with narcissus bulb fly

One of my amaryllis bulbs is infected with the narcissus bulb fly : ( It was planted and it started seeing white mould forming around the bulb. I took the bulb out and sure enough it was starting to ...
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What are these insects on my Arabian Jasmine plant & how can I eradicate them?

I have found these white moths (very small, winged, can fly) below the leaves of my Arabian jasmine plant, and the plant has stopped flowering and is in a poor state. There are surprisingly some white ...
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What pesticide should I use with an Orange tree in Texas?

I've got two Orange trees and two avocado trees in my backyard. One of the orange trees looks to be the victim of a disease and has sooty mold on it. From what I have read this is usually due to ...
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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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Camouflaged worms on indoor plants

I have worms growing on some of my plants, mostly those that are indoors. They eat the leaves voraciously. I've noticed them on spider plants and on the plant whose picture I've attached. Once they ...
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What is this pest attacking a fig tree?

I have a fig tree that is covered in these strange pests. They appear to be live organisms, but they don't move. What could these be and how can I deal with them?
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How can I get rid of these small white pests in my peace lily pot?

I realized late last night that there are lots of small white creepy crawlers in my peace lily pot. It's so thoroughly infested with these creatures some are even coming out of the drain holes. I ...
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How do I keep house flies away from flowers without harming bees?

Is there a pesticide or other method that can be used to keep flies off of flowers (or kill the flies) but that won't harm bees? I am in the northeastern US, dense urban area; the flowers are ...
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Can anyone identify this infection with my Mango Tree?

The blisters seem to be spreading only to the older (darker, interior) leaves, and the sap is dripping out of the blisters (literally raining down) What is this?
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What is this white stuff under the leaves of my fruit trees and how do I get rid of it?

i took this picture like thirty mins ago off of one of many fruit trees I own. I also would like to get rid of what ever it is so it doesn't affect the fruit that is growing.
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Which spiders should I allow in my garden?

I know most spiders are harmless and beneficial, but which spiders do I want to look out for and get rid of in my garden? (Midwest United States).
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Any plants that work as a racoon repellent? [duplicate]

I saw 4 raccoons in my vegetable garden, doing what they do best with people's gardens. Please let me know if I could plant anything in or around at the borders to my vegetable garden that would ...
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Can I use carnivorous plants to control cockroaches?

I've started seeing cockroaches in the kitchen at work. We've managed to keep their population from exploding by cleaning. Since their food supply is now limited and the critters are highly active, I ...
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How to Get Rid of Aggressive Ground Bees

What is the easiest and safest way to get rid of very aggressive ground bees? I am not able to mow the lawn or doing any gardening around my flower bed at the front of my house, as these bees will ...
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How can I save an insect-damaged Gardenia?

It is a Gardenia. Insects infested the soil so I added diatomaceous earth in there but maybe I was too late. The plant continued dying so I pulled it out and set it in a bath filled with water to ...
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My potting soil is being overrun by soil insects. How do I get rid of them? [duplicate]

I am having a hard time getting rid of insects in my potting soil. My plants are droopy. I have applied a good amount of diatomaceous earth to all of them, even to the roots, but these insects don't ...
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Are Geraniums truly effective against Japanese Beetles?

In 2010, the Agricultural Research Service recommended planting geraniums to help control Japanese Beetles. Geraniums Could Help Control Devastating Japanese Beetle (2010). However, I have not been ...
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Is this flea beetle damage on this hollyhock?

Here's a picture of a hollyhock. It's been covered with holes like this all year (and the ones last year were, too, all year). As a side note, I gave it potassium for the yellowing of the leaves, ...
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Getting rid of moles in the lawn?

I've seen this question which seems to be our canonical mole page but I have additional questions/details I hope you can answer here. I'm not a native English speaker so forgive my expressions. In ...
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Controlling curly top disease in sugar beets

Last season, curly top virus caused a significant decline in the quality of sugar beets grown in my garden as well as tomato. The steps I have taken so far include spraying with a preventative ...
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Early action needed for whiteflies and aphids?

While pruning my tomato plants last night, I came across some early signs of whiteflies. I saw just a few mature whiteflies crawling around; I hate them. I have battled them off and on through the ...
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What are these pests that are eating my pomegranate roots, and how can I control them?

I'm not sure what pest this is, but it is eating the roots of my pomegranate shrub. I saw it once on the top soil, and, when digging into the soil, I unearthed around 15 of these pests. I need to know ...
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What sustainable and affordable way is there to control rose chafer beetles?

We are trying to establish a permaculture farm in NW New York. We have very sandy soil, and everything we grow is ideal food for the rose chafer beetle. We first noticed them last year and tried to ...
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What is the white substance on my hibiscus?

We live in Southwest Florida. About a month ago, or maybe a little longer, I trimmed back our hibiscus plants. Today, I just noticed this mass of white, almost looks powdery, substance on the branches ...
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How do I get rid of Snails, Slugs, and Earwigs

My garden has a huge problem with earwigs, Snails, and Slugs, and many of my plants are dying. How can I effectively eliminate these pests.
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How to rid my grape vines of Grapeleaf Skeletonizer

I have some Johnston seedless grape vines and I am starting to notice caterpillars that I believe are Grapeleaf Skeletonizer. Can someone suggest an organic means of ridding them from my vines? I ...
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What are some good organic repellents to keep squirrels away from fruit on trees?

I am aware that there are a lot of articles on how to keep squirrels away from trees. Some of the suggestions include Owl statues, guns, organic repellent, and moth balls. I don't want to shoot them ...
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Ants, birds or another insect eating the fruit?

I discovered the nectarine below with some small black ants eating the raw flesh. I'm trying to work out if the ants ate through the skin and are the sole cause or if this was started by a bird or a ...
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How can I build a garden enclosure on a budget?

I need to separate my watermelon seeds from outdoor cats that roam my yard. What could I get for the new plants when they are ready to keep them safe to freely grow? I could shop at Home Depot or ...
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Rue with white dots and some 3mm white bugs

I have a Rue plant in my terrace, and for many weeks it has had some sort of plague made of white dots and some slightly bigger bugs, oval shape, no more than 3mm long. I've been using an organic ...
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Will diatomaceous earth hurt the earthworms in my garden

I have an organic garden, and use diatomaceous earth to discourage slugs from eating my plants. Lately I have worried that the diatomaceous earth might hurt the earthworms in my soil. Does ...
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What is a good way to get rid of fire ants in Florida? [duplicate]

I unfortunately have huge 3 feet across and larger of fire ant nests in the yard. I have tried Ortho Orthene and Spectracide but they aren't getting all the ants. They just pack up and move over ...
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How do I stop rabbits from defecating and eating everything in my yard?

Rabbits are nesting in the neighbor's yard behind us, and they feed them which encourages their occupation or infestation. There are dozens of them. They use my yard as their bathroom and their faeces ...
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Indoor pesticide for edible plants

I've got a small indoor container garden, with a variety of herbs, a couple of flowers, and a couple of succulents. A while ago, we noticed very small white insects moving around on my morning ...
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Sodding a grub-damaged area in Southwest Florida

I've got some white grub damaged areas (I've seen some on the top of the damaged areas) in our front lawn that will need to be replaced. It's probably too late in the cycle to really do anything about ...
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How can I mitigate azalea lacebug infestation without harming bees?

I have several azaleas and some rhododendron that have become infested with lacebug. Some sites say to remove the plant and start over though this seems a bit draconian to me. One suggestion was to ...
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Do ants eat scale on lime trees?

Location: Pietermaritzburg, South Africa When: Feb 2015 (summer in Southern Hemisphere) A couple of questions. First: Is this Scale in the first photo? If so, what type? If not what is it? Second: ...
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Are these maggots and are they okay in the soil around the roots of a fruit tree?

Just dug these up from around the roots of a stone fruit tree. Are they maggots? Are they good or bad for the soil around the roots of the tree? Do they harm the tree in any way? If yes to the ...
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Should I rotate border vegetables, or plant a perimeter of onions/scallions each year?

Last year my wife and I planted our first ever organic vegetable garden (raised bed made of cedar) and pretty much just "winged it"; and surprisingly had very good yields. By "winged it" I mean, we ...
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My lemon tree, ants, shells. What is this and how to treat it properly?

There are lots of ants around, they just don't like to be photographed :) This is the whole tree: I'm in Sydney, Australia.
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How do I get rid of mice without hurting the birds that might feed on them?

I live in the country, so I've got mice that like to come into the house when the weather gets cold. The mice have learned to avoid the traps that I put inside the house, so I need to step up to ...
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What is wrong with this Fargesia?

Looks like some kind of leaf miner, but I've never seen it before. What is it, and is there an "organic" way to treat it?
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How do I prune boxwoods to control for boxwood leaf miner?

Our boxwoods have a moderate infestation of boxwood leaf miners. Sources recommend pruning to help manage them, and mention that you should cut at a certain time in the pest's lifecycle. But they ...
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Is this an ant colony on this fig tree?

Just noticed this on a fig tree and these are everywhere. It's not just on the leaves but on the stems as well. Is this an ant colony on this fig tree, Or something else? This is my ...
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How do I get rid of these insects that are in all of my planters?

How do I get rid of these insects that are in all of my planters? I find them only to be in the dirt and not on the plants. To me they look spider mites, but they did not die out when I applied Bayer ...
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What are the white bugs on my Aeonium and how do I get rid of them?

Some of my Aeonium plants have had this bug issue for month now, so here's how the plant and the bug looks like: I have a 35mm macro lens, and I shot 1 bug (and killed it) So this bug is white ...
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How should I treat a badly aphid infested shedding Hoya?

I have just been given a very badly aphid infested Hoya lanceolata ssp. bella plant. I was also given another wax plant too, though I am not sure of its name; could it be a Hoya australis. It looks ...