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Best way to combat Rosemary Mites?

All of my rosemary plants are infected with rosemary mites, which are some kind of variety of spider mite. These invisibly tiny insects cause unsightly yellow mottling on the leaves of the rosemary, ...
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What are these small yellow bugs that are attacking my eggplant, and how can I stop them?

Our Eggplant got infected by some yellow pests (see image). Can anyone identify what they are? I try to avoid using pesticides whenever possible. What can be possible solutions to get rid of ...
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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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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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What is this pest on my hydroponic basil and how can I remove it?

Here are some snapshots of hydroponic basil growing in Thailand. Within a week I've had some pest, it looks like some tiny dark-red arachnids, spinning web on young leaves and crawling mostly on the ...
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How effective are non-chemical controls for non-biting midges?

For the second season in a row, a number of our clients in one particular neighborhood are plagued by non-biting midges. We are talking virtually complete coverage on some surfaces, and when disturbed ...
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How can I keep mosquitoes out of my yard?

Since my garden is outside, and I live next to a heavily wooded area, there are quite a few mosquitoes that greet me everytime I go outside to work in my yard. Is there something I can do to keep my ...
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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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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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Are new caterpillar eggs added daily to a brassica that's already under attack?

I've got a few broccoli plants which are under attack from caterpillars. They aren't currently netted. I manually "weeded" all the caterpillars off the most distressed plant (and some of the other ...
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How to make a fake scare owl, and do different animals respond to different abstractions?

I would like to keep squirrels off of my peach tree. They have gotten over half of the peaches already. Is there a way to make a home-made scare owl? I have found a few resources on-line, but they ...
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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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Bay Leaf Tree (Laurus Nobilis) with severe scale

I'm new to gardening as I have just bought my first house. I inherited a very large (about 6m tall) Bay tree that is severely sick. I took a sample to my local garden center and I was told that it ...
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How do I deter a pesky groundhog from eating my vegetables?

I woke to see my zucchini, yellow squash and sunflower leaves "gone". Are there any proven suggestions on how to keep groundhogs away? I do have a 3 ft chicken wire fence around my garden area. I ...
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Pine Borer Beetle Infestation

I cut down a tree that was infested with pine borer beetles. I don't want the beetles to infect other trees. Unfortunately, I can't burn the infested wood. And I don't have anywhere to haul the ...
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Holes in our landscaping

Something's digging in the shredded bark, unearthing our shrubs/roses/perennials. What is it and what's it after? It's July in Michigan -- a little late for grubs, right?
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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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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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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 ...
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Orange tree has pest or blight [duplicate]

A few leaves on my orange tree have this. What is this? What can I do about it?
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What is this leaf miner / tenter in my small bush/tree?

I have a small bush/tree. I don't know exactly what it is. What I see is the new growths folded over onto each other, and connected together. When I pull them apart, I can find tiny white worms with ...
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Soybean oil as insect repellent?

Some of the "natural" insect repellents I use (the kind you put on your skin) have soybean oil listed as one of the active ingredients. I've also seen ~6% soybean oil listed as an active ingredient ...
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Bag worm infestation on small pine trees

I noticed that some of my small pine trees (4 ft.) started turning brown and upon closer inspection I noticed 100's of bag worms all over the trees. I spent quite a bit of time pulling off the bags. ...
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How can I keep ants off of my hummingbird feeder?

I have a hummingbird feeder hanging from the side of my carport, and I noticed today that ants had discovered it. Since it's right next to my house, I don't really want the ants learning that there's ...
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What's this hole in the Cabbage leaf?

What's this hole I just discovered in the leaf of this otherwise very healthy Cabbage? I've got yellow insect cards nearby, and beneficial nematodes in the soil, which have collectively done wonders ...
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Are ants/flies a threat to a raspberry bush?

Ants in my garden seem to especially love this raspberry bush at the moment. I also notice these two little things that look like tiny flies sitting on the leaves- except they are not moving, like ...
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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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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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Why are there small flies on my Fatalii pepper plant?

I have a fatalii pepper plant and today I discovered some very small larva in my plant's soil. I already saw that there were more flies than usual. Is there any danger for my plant ? Should I kill ...
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What is this fungus in my indoor snake plant's pot, and is it harmful?

I've had a snake plant growing indoors for about a year. Twice now in the last month I've had to remove some fungus that sprouted over the surface. The planter is located next to a patio door, which ...
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what are effective, non-chemical, ways to control japanese beetles?

I'm beginning to see adult Japanese beetles on my dahlias and other flowers. It doesn't look like a heavy infestation but I am wondering what are some non-chemical control methods. I've read that ...
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Would more concentrated solutions of soybean oil be better for insect control?

If soybean oil is used in such low concentrations as .5%, why wouldn't using higher concentrations be better? Is there something preventing a higher concentration being useful or effective?
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How can I keep a dog out of my vegetable garden?

I have a small vegetable garden and a small dog. I'm looking for advice on the best way to keep the little guy out of the veges. Advice on the following would be appreciated: Is there anything I can ...
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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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Does eggshell dust work as pest control?

I was looking through some DIY/Organic gardening ideas, and saw one that mentioned using eggshell powder as an organic pest control. Supposedly grinding dried eggshells with a coffee grinder works to ...
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How to secure my orange tree

As you can see in the picture, my Orange tree is developing plenty of beautiful looking oranges. Now, I'd really like to enjoy these oranges as soon as they ripe, so I have a few questions: ...
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Are phytosanitary certificates needed to ship a plant within a state?

Apparently my state, California, has stricter restrictions of shipping plants. Many online nurseries say that I must pay extra money for a phytosanitary certificate to ship to California or else the ...
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What are these orange insects under the leaves of my mandevilla?

First, I'll set the scene: Location: South Florida Temperature: 75°F - 85°F most days Rain: Had been fairly dry until the last couple days Affected plant: Mandevilla with yellow flowers Story: ...
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What should I do before applying organic fertilizer to ensure no bugs or smell?

Does all organic fertilizer require decomposing? I would like to focus on fertilizer available in gardening shops instead of unprocessed urine or manure from mammals. As far as I know, decomposing of ...
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What are these round, white, waxy things on my cycad?

What are these white things on this cycad? Are they some kind of bugs, or are they seeds?
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What is eating my Sweet Pepper plant?

I have an outdoor container garden in Southern Illinois. The pepper plant is on a raised level, surrounded by untouched tomatoes, carrots, spinach, onions, and squash. I have never seen anything like ...
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Are all my praying mantis dead?

I purchased a praying mantis egg case and put it in my greenhouse to help get rid of an aphid infestation. Nothing seemed to happen for the longest time, but now it looks like there are hundreds of ...
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Do aphids return to the host plant after being sprayed off?

What happens to aphids after you spray them off a plant? Do they wander around until they find a new host, get rescued by ants, die, or something else? Am I just moving them from one plant to another ...
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Brussel sprouts pest

Help! I am a new gardener and am trying to grow Brussel sprouts in the VA mountains. My plants are being eaten by some very hungry bugs. I have not found any cabbage worms but i see a bunch of bugs ...
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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 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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Can fake hawks be used to control mice, squirrels, and other rodents in a garden or backyard? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I get rid of gophers in a non-lethal way? Keeping mockingbirds off potted plants (ornamental peppers) How can I prevent squirrels (or other small mammals) from ...
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What is eating my cabbage, and how can I protect it?

I transplanted some cabbage about a month ago (after starting it from seed in a flat). Now I see that something is eating the cabbage leaves: I also see that one pair of seedlings is doing very ...
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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 ...