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To answer the question, yes, the white butterfly does repeatedly lay eggs even on infested plants, selecting those leaves with the highest nitrogen content which are the growing parts of your brassicas. Even if you remove all the caterpillars you see, you'll miss some. I can remove all from my large Brussels sprout to find large caterpillars the following ...


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Pests like aphids just appear brought in by the wind normally, and then setup in an area by laying eggs on trees, fallen leaves to survive the winter. However, I have seen basil plants being sold by an organic shop that was infested with aphids. A shop that specializes in selling plants is less likely to sell you infected plants. There are a number of ...


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In my experience, this kind of hole is often caused by slugs. Slugs stay hidden during the sunlight period and pop out during wet night and rainy days, making them difficult to spot. Note that it can be caterpillar, thumbtack (not sure of this translation) or even birds. For identifing the "pest", watch for your plants patiently and minutely. To fight the ...


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I have found that black box spring traps work well with my gopher problems. Gopher and mole seem to be used somewhat interchangeably. Our pocket gopher is a vegetarian, living on roots mostly. There is usually no hole in the mounds they leave. Almost never seen in daylight, about 12-18 cm long (not counting tail) and weighing about a quarter to half a ...


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Assuming you've not yet isolated and treated the infestation, and without the requested photographs showing the problem, the most likely cause is, in fact, scale insect, but even were it aphid, neem spray or a horticultural oil spray should work, though you would need repeat treatments. You are right when you say sooty mould is a consequence of an ...


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You could try washing off the sooty mould with a wash containing a weak solution of soap, if you have aphids they can be farmed by ants who then feed on the sticky exudate. Do you have ants crawling up and down the stems and branches? You could also try ensuring that there is enough air flow around the branches to minimise the mould. placing a bird box very ...


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You probably have an Aphid problem - it's not a disease per se and it's not mold, just an infestation. They leave the white gooey stuff on the bottom of the leaves. I use Bug-B-Gone and it seems to work fine. You can buy it in a concentrate and then mix with water and spray with a spray bottle. I think it's about 15 bucks from Home Cheapo or amazon. If you ...



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