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How to avoid “importing” insects when bringing plants into house at end of summer?

I had many of my plants out on my porch last summer (potted avocado trees, potted miniature roses, some herbs). Unfortunately, when I brought them into the house in the Fall, I also brought in some ...
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Please identify this beetle (?) that has appeared in large numbers

This is a small insect/beetle that has appeared all over my decking today. The things are about 5-7mm in size. The decking is wooden, made from tropical hardwood (Balau if that matters). I am based ...
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Is this green headed beetle with brown and black wings a pest?

Can anyone identify this beetle? It has a green head and thorax, and its wings are tan or brown with a blotchy black stripe between them. Underside is also an iridescent green. It's about an inch long....
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What is a plant-and-animal safe way to kill a hive of yellowjackets?

I’ve seen plenty of questions on here about what wasps are doing to plants. Specifically I want my hive gone. I have a large backyard where I try to keep grass, cloves, and insects plentiful. (These ...
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Thrips in strawberry plants

this is the first time I am trying to grow strawberries on a balcony . I built wooden planters for like 60 plants. Since last week all were doing great. They are blooming like crazy and they have a ...
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Is this a bronze birch borer infestation?

I have three birch trees in my front yard that I've been told have a bronze birch borer infestation, based primarily on the presence of numerous holes, each about 6-7 mm wide. There does seem to be ...
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Bugs on Back of Leaves

i have found these bugs on several different plants. With the naked eye they always look like a grey band having the same shape .. its not until I have a photo or video and zoom in that can I see the ...
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Why is no-one using my insect hotel?

Last year I bought an insect hotel at the local supermarket (see in the photo below on the right hand side). It was a cheap and simple one, but soon a lot of all different kind of bees came and ...
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Drying a pot of fresh soil vs drying a pot of soil with bugs

I was trying to dry a fresh pot of soil that I bought from a local store and a pot soil that had been exposed with bugs in it (ants/ flies/creepy crawlies). After about 3 weeks, the pot of fresh soil ...
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What are these worms in my peaches?

it’s February in Melbourne Australia and I have a peach tree full of peaches which themselves are full of these worms (pictured below), I’ve lasted them out on a leaf for contrast purposes but they ...
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Are these bugs in poinsettia leaves?

We have a poinsettia at our house that we bought in Christmas. At least over here (the Caribbean), these poinsettias are very delicate; they usually die after a few months. So our poinsettia has been ...
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Are these insect eggs or some sort of fungus?

It’s been a rainy week here in Los Angeles and I noticed these today. I’m not sure if they were there before the rain but I’m completely stumped on what they are.
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Dead flies around my Sansevieria

I have what I think is a Sansevieria trifasciata for about 3 months. It has been always in my room and this week I moved to a different apartment. Since I moved in to this new room, I've been finding ...
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Why this plant attracts a lot of flies?

I have planted a few of these plants in front of my fence as hedge. However for some reason they attract a lot of flies to fly around and stop on the flowers. Why is it and how can I stop the flies?...
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What are these tiny reddish brown insects on basil leaves?

I have a basil plant. White tiny spots have started to appear on its leaves. On top of the leaves, there are also small reddish moving dots that appear to me as insects. Does anyone know what are ...
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What are these black and white spotted areas leaves on my basil plant?

My basil has a weird problem that seems to be spreading on the leaves. It's basically white spots that are thinner surrounded by black spots. I tried to find information online but couldn't find ...
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How to safely use insecticides for Gesneriaceae plants?

I migrated some of my Gesneriaceae plants out of my home. They include episcias, Streptocarpuses, and a few African violets. All of these plants grow from stem cuttings and thus, taking more space in ...
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How should I move a plant indoors without bringing in bugs?

I live in a mild climate area and occasionally move indoor plants outside or vice versa. One succulent I brought into my office seems to have a colony of some kind of tiny flies in it. I've been ...
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What is this pest I found on my chilli pepper?

Last year, I found some brown spots on some of my pepper plants. I couldn't see any insects so I trimmed the affected parts quite aggressively. The plant survived the operation quite well and ...
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Tomato plant after neem oil application

My tomato plants stems had mealy bugs and with in an hour of my notice I started to spray neem oil liquid soap water and the plants now looks very bad and the leaves looks very dull. Will the leaves ...
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Is there a plant whose odour repels wasps, but doesn't repel bees?

I hate wasps. I like bees. I live in southern England, so we're talking about plants that can grow in a maritime climate. Any ideas?
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Need help identifing insect(s)

Trying to help a friend in New York City identify these insects on her Aucuba japonica. My girlfriend and i can't agree if there are 2 or 3 types of insects on the plants. We're thinking the brown ...
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What is this all-white insect?

I found this insect while looking for bugs in a relative's garden. Its body seems to be entirely white. It has large wings and is capable of flight. I have no indication it's harming the plant; I ...
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Insect Identification: What's this insect

Recently i found an insect very rapidly multiplying itself in the compost heap at home. I took some blurry images of the insect since they were very brisk and not sufficiently static. I am concerned ...
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What is the cause of white spots on bean leaves and how to solve the problem?

The leaves of my three bean plants are covered in these white spot; the rocket has the same problem, while the ivy and the avocado seem unaffected. These spots are located on the upper surface and ...
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Identify this bug

Recently I noticed there are lots of these bugs in my garden, sometimes these bugs have white cotton like tail grown. Anyone knows the name of these ugly suckers? Thanks!
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Where have all the beneficial insects gone?

I noticed a few weeks ago I had plenty of beneficial insects keeping my pests at bay, and they all seem to have disappeared now, and I still have some pests, like potato loving slugs. Why is that? ...
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What type of poison bait can I leave for the common UK wasp?

I've heard that you can leave poison bait for wasps, which can kill a nest when wasps return with the bait for young to feed on. However I am struggling to find such products in the UK. I've also ...
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Beetles on my fruit trees

I have some plum and peach trees and have noticed several of these beetles on each one. There are also a lot of holes in the leaves which I assume are the beetles eating them. Now if that’s just ...
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How do I treat ground cherry tips being eaten completely off?

I have ground cherry tips that are getting eaten completely off every few days. How should I treat this without harming the beneficial insects? The plant is still showing leaves after watering, but ...
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Trying to identify small insects on peppers (and if they're dangerous)

I'm completely new to gardening in Colorado, so I hope this isn't a dumb question. Today I noticed some very tiny bugs crawling on the leaves of my pepper plants and and there are a few very small ...
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What are the larvae devouring my Lysimachia punctata?

I have about a square meter of Lysimachia punctata mostly fending for itself in a corner. This morning I discovered that a large number of caterpillars(?) has gnawed the leaves down to bare skeletons. ...
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white pupae and larvae

Hi, I have just been in my garden planting some plants and I found these. I don't know if the larvae are the same as the pupae? The larvae are about 16mm long and the pupae about 10mm. The soil was ...
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What are these very small red bugs on my black walnut tree?

This is a black walnut tree. My brother noticed them while we were in the backyard. I have other trees that are not black walnut and do not see these bugs on them. They are red with a black head. ...
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What kind of insect is this on my green chilli?

I have a green chilli plant that I bought a couple of weeks back. It seems to have some sort of insect over several of its leaves (see pics below). I am wondering if this is scale or spider or mite? ...
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Are these bright orange bugs with beady black eyes ladybugs?

I have a few bugs on my pumpkin plant that seem to be eating the leaves. They are shaped like ladybugs but the color isn't red and black. It's more of a shiny bright orange. Since ladybugs are good ...
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How long is bacillus thuringiensis active?

A few weeks ago I sprayed my broccoli and bok choy plants with bacillus thuringiensis in an attempt to control caterpillar numbers. I'm pleased to see no new caterpillars (pieris rapae larvae) since ...
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How to prevent midges proliferation on indoor plants?

I live at about 45° in the North hemisphere, and during winter I use to put my plants indoor. After some time, I start to notice a proliferation of midges, apparently from the soil. Is there a way to ...
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What is this small insect with a rounded brown head burrowing into my rhododendron?

I caught this bug burrowing into the trunk of my rhododendron, and I persuaded it to exit its home. Here's a close up of said worm. I can't imagine it being other than damaging to my tree. Anyone ...
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What are these tiny animals on my oyster mushrooms?

Pleurotus ostreatus infested with tiny gnats. I can see them with my loupe but too hard to photograph even though I said cheese! They have prominent attenae, and segmented bodies - but I guess that ...
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Are these sunchoke insects friend or foe?

I've never seen many insects on my Jerusalem artichokes before but this year they seem to be plentiful. Are they pests? They do seem to be having a good time and there doesn't seem to be any leaf ...
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What's this insect on my cauliflowers?

Found these insects all over my cauliflowers hiding under the covers I'm using to blanch the heads. I suspect it's an earwig. Solutions for control? And yes, I have a bad case of pieris rapae ... ...
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Insect - Name of the insect

I clicked the picture of this insect near my plants. Can anyone help me in identifying this insect.
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Why would my citrus tree have dying twigs, burrowing insects and black scale?

My citrus tree is not healthy. The leaves are falling off, and the twigs are becoming brown and dying: In the middle trunk, where a large branch was pruned years ago, there seems to be some burrowing ...
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Is this a pest moth or friendly butterfly?

I found this odd flying insect hanging out on our Zucchini plant. I couldn't make out if it was a moth or a butterfly, friend or foe. Looks like a friendly insect, anybody know what it is and how it ...
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Insect identification, what is this thing? [duplicate]

Here is a picture of a bug, I found on my plant does anyone know what it is?
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What is this tiny black insect found on my cacti?

I need help identifying an insect, it is very small, not much bigger than the head of a pin, it is black. It kind of resembles a slug because it has the true small antennas. It was originally on a ...
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Help is my cactus is dying, can it be saved

I recently bought a golden barrel cactus (about two months ago), judging by its size I would say the plant is about a year old. Everything has been perfect with it until Saturday. I usually water or ...
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What is this giant grub looking thing?

I found this giant grub (at least I think it's a grub) while fixing up the mulch around one of my trees. This thing is huge. It's thicker and as long as my finger. Only has six legs. Anyone know ...
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Identifying fleas in my garden

Just bought a new house and the garden is filled with some kind of flea-like insect. You can't notice them normally but put anything white on the grass and they jump on it instantly. Here is a video ...