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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How can I get rid of gophers in a non-lethal way?

Gophers or ground squirrels are common pests in North America, that can destroy the fruits of your hard labour. They create extensive underground tunnels and are mostly active at night. A typical ...
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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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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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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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What plants will keep ladybugs happy?

What plants/grasses can I plant to entice the ladybugs in my garden to stay? They are great for controlling aphids, but seem to move on pretty quickly.
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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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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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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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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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Fig tree mystery worm problem

A friend has a fig tree which seems to be the target of a worm. As far as I can see the leaves and fruit do not have any bite marks or worms/insects inside them, but the fruit born was less this year, ...
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Ants and white/gray/brown spores all over my gardenia

I planted my gardenia four or five months ago. I noticed, recently, that (a) growth has stunted, and (b) there are ants all over the plant (base, leaves, etc.). There are also white little dots ...
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How do I repel tree squirrels that are digging holes in my lawn?

My neighborhood is saturated with squirrels, and I see the little critters burying nuts or whatever in my back yard all the time. They leave small holes about 2 inches in diameter in the yard. There ...
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Control aphids on a linden tree

We have a 30 year old Little leaf linden (Tilia cordata) on the north side of the property. Although it is apparently healthy every year it gets galls on the leaves and aphids. The aphids secrete a ...
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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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How do I prevent raccoons from eating my corn?

This harvest I was not able to pick a single corn cob. Some large animal(s), I suspect raccoons, got to them before they were ripe (I would find peeled and gnawed corn littering the lawn and the corn ...
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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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How do I prevent parrots from snacking on my fruit trees?

I live in a neighborhood in California that has a number of parrots that, presumably, escaped from captivity sometime ago and have since multiplied in number. They are all the same kind of parrot, ...
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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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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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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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How to keep chipmunks out of my garden?

Forget rabbits, I have a fence around the garden, my real pest problem is chipmunks. I've got a fence, with some below ground barriers, to keep larger pests out and to keep them from digging but the ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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 pill bugs in my vegetable garden (or is it even the problem)?

I have had multiple plants in my vegetable garden that have seemed to just vanish from the garden over the period of about a week. I have notice pill bugs eating the remains of the plants. They seem ...
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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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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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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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How do you organically handle lubber grasshoppers that destroy gardens?

Last summer I had a problem with black grasshoppers with yellow stripes on them, which I identified as Lubbers. Now I grow everything organically and all my plants are heirloom varieties, so last year ...