For questions about damage from animals

learn more… | top users | synonyms

11
votes
2answers
3k views

What are the teeny tiny white bugs on my tomatoes?

The bugs are exceptionally small. I've included a video here. It may be related to the stretched and disfigured appearance of my tomatoes.
11
votes
2answers
2k views

What's attacking one Lupin but not its neighbor?

I have two Lupin plants next to each other in my front yard: They are both Russell hybrids, both grown from seed and planted there at the same time in Spring 2009. The one on the left is healthy, ...
10
votes
2answers
2k views

How can I control Viburnum Beetle on my Snowball tree?

I have a mature Snowball tree (Viburnum opulus) that is stripped of its leaves and severely weakened several times a year by the viburnum beetle. The Royal Horticultural Society recommend several ...
9
votes
2answers
5k views

How to stop small black worms from eating my strawberries?

I planted strawberries a couple of years ago in a small patch of my back yard (in Sacramento, CA) and this year they are finally producing lots of strawberries. However, something is eating "divots" ...
9
votes
2answers
799 views

Can anyone identify this abnormality that is on my dwarf citrus?

I recently noticed what looks like small beetles on our dwarf citrus tree. Can anyone identify this abnormality? Click image for full size Is this something harmful that I should attempt to ...
9
votes
1answer
497 views

Should I earth up my radishes to prevent them from being eaten or should I pull them out?

My back yard lacks a bit of sunshine so things don't grow as fast, but they do grow. I've recently planted radishes for the first time and they have already started pushing out of the ground, however ...
7
votes
7answers
7k views

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 ...
7
votes
4answers
3k views

How can I keep earwigs from eating my basil?

Last night I found that earwigs have been eating my newly planted basil plants. They have only been in the ground for a few days, and it didn't take long for the earwigs to find them. The planted ...
7
votes
2answers
414 views

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 ...
7
votes
1answer
2k views

What is pulling up tufts of grass all over my lawn?

I went to mow the yard today and found 1-2 inch plugs of grass pulled out of the ground all over the place. It looks more like the result of digging than a deliberate pulling out. What could be doing ...
6
votes
3answers
627 views

Do pine beetles kill healthy pitch pines, or is it safe to plant seedlings to replace trees killed by them?

We need to remove a number of trees that have been killed by some kind of pine beetle - presumably black turpentine beetle - on eastern Long Island. These trees had suffered injury from salt spray ...
6
votes
5answers
3k views

How can I deal with the beetles eating my grapevine?

My mother is in a furor because the grapevine that she planted last spring and which flourished last year is now infested with little black bugs. From what I can tell, they seem to be flea beetles. ...
6
votes
1answer
407 views

What is this mark that appears on my small green plums?

After the flowers fell the green plums started growing. As soon as they were 1/4" across, They began developing these little sunken black marks. I have been consistently spraying with fruit tree ...
5
votes
1answer
4k views

What is causing the bark on my crabapple to crack and peel off?

I have a flowering crabapple in my yard whose bark has several large areas where it cracks and curls away from the wood underneath: Hover over any image for description / click for full size I ...
4
votes
3answers
138 views

What ate the leaves of my bell pepper plant?

I planted a sweet orange bell pepper plant last week in my garden bed, which was converted from a fire pit. It's only half a foot tall and hasn't flowered yet. One day, an entire leaf was chewed off. ...
4
votes
2answers
774 views

Deer ate lily buds last year: will the bulbs survive this year?

My mother has been raising an ever-growing family of lilies of various colors for the past 15 years. In the previous house, they would grow to almost 6-foot tall while in the new one (which gets a lot ...
4
votes
1answer
90 views

Are these yellow spots due to heat?

This is a kohleria plant. It had gone thorough a 5 day deficit of water back in Feb/Mar. From that day, it started to develop yellow spots along the rim of the leaves. These have remained as the ...
4
votes
1answer
56 views

What could have dug holes in my corn garden?

I planted some corn seed a few weeks ago and they began to germinate lately. Then this evening, I found almost all of them got dug out! The germinated seed are mostly left near the holes, but some of ...
4
votes
1answer
518 views

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?
3
votes
4answers
209 views

What's this gash on a Maple tree?

What's this gash on a Maple tree? It seems almost "infected" compared to the "normal" splitting I see on the other Maple tree right now. NOTE: It's been raining all day. That second photo is ...
3
votes
3answers
122 views

What birdseed can I use to attract native birds in Houston, TX, that won't attract squirrels?

I'd like to know what kind of bird seed would be good for the birds in the Houston area without attracting pests or creating a harmful environment for my garden. I've tried going to the local pet ...
3
votes
2answers
4k views

Will Arborvitae regrow to their usual shape after being partially eaten by deer?

I planted a bunch of Arborvitae in my yard and last winter the deer ate the bottom portion of 2 or 3 of them. I did some Googling to see if they'd grow back, and while most sources say that they will ...
3
votes
1answer
35 views

How can we improve the soil to plant a garden where a shed once stood?

I just recently tore down a shed that had been in my backyard for the last 20-30 years. I would like to use that spot to build my garden (vegetables, herbs, etc). The problem is that a combination of ...
3
votes
1answer
56 views

Is this a sign of some disease or insect damage? (Piel De Sapo plant)

I tried doing some research into what might be causing the damage, as the vine is also damaged slightly. I looked around the rest of my garden and the winter melon and hairy melons are growing ...
2
votes
3answers
6k views

How do you stop rabbits from eating your lawn?

I'm experimenting with a patch of new lawn (different grass type) in the middle of my existing lawn but it must taste pretty good because the desert cotton tail rabbits are eating all the new shoots. ...
2
votes
1answer
39 views

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 ...
2
votes
3answers
356 views

fava bean beetle?

I've noticed this beetle on in our Fava beans. They crawl out and fly away, leaving perfectly circular little holes. Any idea what they are and what they do? Besides the little hole, the beans seem ...
2
votes
1answer
17 views

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 ...
2
votes
0answers
45 views

Pest Identification/Control

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 digging the soil, around 15 pieces of this pest was unearthed. I need to know ...
2
votes
0answers
34 views

White map-like tomato leaves (hydroponic) manifesting

I am growing cherry tomato using kratky hydroponic method and ive seen these map-like lines manifesting on a number of leaves. I had to remove the infected leaves to control the infection if you will. ...
1
vote
1answer
120 views

What's killing my evergreens?

I recently noticed the internal needles on my cedar (pretty sure they're cedar) trees are turning brown and falling off. There's some sort of insect all over them too that looks like they're making ...
1
vote
1answer
23 views

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, ...
1
vote
1answer
278 views

What could be the cause of rust spots and holes on leaves?

What could be the cause of rust spots and holes on the leaves of my Pluot tree? Other trees nearby do not have this. I'm guessing that those rust spots on the left leaf turn into the holes seen on the ...
1
vote
1answer
1k views

What is eating my ivy?

something is eating the ivy that covers a wall of my house. Is it a disease of is there something hiding that eats the leaves. And what can I do to heal my ivy? You can see an example of the damage ...
1
vote
1answer
59 views

Holes in hardy kiwi leaves

On my balcony I have just planted my hardy kiwi. I found that some leaves, particularly smaller ones, have holes: I'm using universal soil (ph 5.5-6.5). I'm watering it everyday as the flowerpot is ...