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Questions tagged [pest-control]

For questions about controlling garden pests

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Magnolia leaves browning and falling

My Kay Paris Magnolia has browning leaves, which ultimately fall off. I also notice spotting on the leaves. Neighboring trees have a scale problem, but not much on this tree, which I also put white ...
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Tiny thin black bugs with white stripes on tomatoes

Anyone know what these little black bugs with white stripes on their back are? (There's a larger version — please click the picture) They seem to be all over a few of my tomato plants and multiplying, ...
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Are black spots on Areca Palm contagious to other flowers?

I read here that those black spots caused by either bacteria of fungus aren't bad for my Majesty/Areca palm, but are they bad for other flowers which will be next to the palm? Will they become ...
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Dirt mound in backyard

I see several dirt mounds in my backyard. These are usually around 6 inches in diameter with no obvious hole caused by an animal. Can you please help me identify what is causing it and also how to ...
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White flies / aphids on Parsley and Herbs in Winter

Help needed to confirm if these are indeed whitefly larvae and what I can do. It's October (going into winter here) so I brought my herbs indoors a few weeks ago, only to have this pest. Questions: ...
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White object under pomegranate tree leaf

Anybody know what this is on my pomegranate tree leaf?
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What kind of cactus is this and why are these black bumps forming on it?

Little burnt-looking bumps have been popping up on this cactus and I'm not too sure what to do about it. Can you help me figure it out?
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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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What are these brown ladybug-like bugs with yellow and white spots on the back side?

They are about half the size of a ladybug, I found them on my runner beans. Location: London, England, UK
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Why are squirrels pruning new bayberries?

Our crew has witness squirrels cutting the tops off recently planted bayberries on a number of occasions. The animals don't seem to do anything with the bark or cut tops. Why are they doing this and ...
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How can I recognize and control fungus gnats on my oyster mushrooms?

I'm growing lots of oyster mushrooms, and now I have lots of black flies. I don't know what species they are. How do I tell if they are fungus gnats or fruit flies ? How do I control them ?
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How to prevent chicken damaging my plant?

I kept some chickens in my backyard. They are caged, but sometimes I let them out to feed on the ground. The chicken loved to dug the soils in my potted plants. I've tried to put some rock on the ...
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What is this green caterpillar eating and laying eggs in my tomatillo husks?

My tomatillo plants are infested with some sort of green caterpillar or larvae that's chewing holes in the husk, fruit, and leaves. It is not bothering the nearby tomato plants. Any ideas on what it ...
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What to do with bugs on bell peppers

I just noticed that I have these weird little bugs on my bell peppers. Doesn't seem to impact the growth as of yet, but I would like to get rid of them somehow. What are they called? How can I get ...
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Aphids in my Fuchsia

Now, I am seeing Aphids in my indoor Fuchsia. Previously I lost my Petunia and Bleeding heart for this reason. I have initially removed them using Sellotapes and then I sprayed soap water. Is that a ...
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Eradicating brassica aphids

I live in Portland, OR. Here we have a species of aphid that attacks brassicas (kale, broccoli, gai lan, etc.), and only brassicas. They are a bit larger, and a darker blue-green than regular aphids ...
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What animal is digging at my pepper plants and what can I do to prevent it?

Some animal has been digging at the ground around my pepper plants. The rest of my garden is fine, including my tomatoes. This is a regularly occurring problem, every two days or so. What animal ...
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Spots on Magnolia

My Kay Parris Magnolia has some odd white spots on it. I’m wondering what these could be and how to deal with them?
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Get rid of ants with sugar/yeast cocktail

I want to get rid of ants on my balcony, because they are one of the reasons my plants always get aphids (no aphid problem yet, but I know they will come back every year). The ants probably have a ...
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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's wrong with the leaves of lily plants?

What's wrong with the leaves of lily plants? They seem faded when compared to the other leaves. Someone told me that they're just older leaves, but I wanted to make sure.
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Yellow spots on leaves of Oak

I have an Oak (Quercus) in a container grown from seeds, must be 6-7 years old now. And every year it gets these yellow spots on the leaves. When I look under the leaves, I see tiny little red/brown ...
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Identify these little bugs on my cherry tree (and others)

I have three trees in large pots. A medlar, an apple tree, and a pear tree. On my cherry tree I found some weird bugs . I would like to know which kind of bugs im dealing with here, so I can get rid ...
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What is the cause of these round holes in my yard, potentially snakes?

I noticed round holes in my lawn over the last few days. My neighbor thinks they are snake holes. He is just taking a wild guess per his own admission. I am in Maryland and we have had a lot of rain ...
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Locust-looking bugs eating my tree leaves. How do I make them stop?

I put some trees in behind my house in Israel. These locust looking things showed up and started eating the leaves. How can I get rid of them? I prefer organic solutions, but am not too worried about ...
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Keeping Pests out of Hummingbird Feeders

Is there an effective way to keep bees and wasps out of hummingbird feeders? I have a problem where these stinging insects are preventing hummingbirds from feeding?
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What harm can moles do to my garden?

In the last year, we've started seeing more and more moles in our large lawn area... From the odd hill at one corner to many all over. I know moles are a big problem for those aiming for perfectly ...
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Help identifying this bug

I recently noticed several of these bugs on one of my backyard trees. It seemed to be feeding at a wound in the bark. It appears beetle-like with a shell covering its wings. They range in size from ...
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PFR - 97 What do I need to know about this pesticide?

I've been watching the new pesticides coming out. Very interesting. This particular one; PFR - 97 for aphids, mites, white fly? Have any of you used this stuff? I want to use it primarily for ...
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Nursing my green buttonwood back to health

What is eating my green buttonwood? I have included pictures below to show what I mean. I have seen what appears to be tiny black dots on the tree, but I haven't been able to get a great photo of ...
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What's the best way to eliminate/deter rats from a garden without harming squirrels?

I have a friend who wants to plant a garden were she has moved, but she has a huge rat problem and is afraid that if she plants a garden they will be a nuisance. She is afraid of using poison or ...
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What is afflicting this sick Bay Laurel (Laurus Nobilis) — and how do I fix it?

I brought in my bay laurel (aka sweet bay, laurus nobilis) to clean it, and noticed an infestation of tiny "bug sacks" underneath the leaves, along the veins. What are they? I don't see any actual ...
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What plants will help with our midge and mosquito problem?

We've been here since April 2017 and after a brief respite, swarms of midges are already starting to form at the start of February. We're in North East England near a river, nestled amongst woodland, ...
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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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Rabbits ate the blueberry shrubs I planted right down to the ground. Will the shrubs grow back?

I made the mistake of not setting up chicken wire and the rabbits ate these 24" bushes I just planted. All that remains are 1-2 little twigs, stripped of all the branches and leaves. Will these ...
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What are the brown spots on my apples? [closed]

For a while now my apple tree's fruit has been growing with brown spots all over them. The more they grow, the worse they look. I'm wondering if this is a pest problem. Does this sound familiar to ...
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Are these mealybugs and how do I treat them?

My basil is infested with pests, and from this earlier question I think they might be mealybugs. How should I treat it? I have previously sprayed it with Natrasoap (Potassium salts of fatty acids), ...
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Is my neighbor's tree infected with something that could spread to my tree?

I’m wondering if there is an infection on my neighbor’s tree (scale?). I’m concerned that it’s something that could spread to my adjoining tree.
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Small parasite wasps around the soil

Recently i detect many small black parasite wasps (not talking about Fungus Gnats) They are flying smoothly and searching the surface of the soil (around the indoor pots). I don't know if they are ...
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Silver birch has leaves falling off

The silver birch has leaves falling, which have some spotting on them. I’m wondering if the tree has some sort of infestation?
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Name that bug: Mites on an indoor hibiscus plant

A while back a store bought sunflower was absolutely covered in little green larva looking things. I left it outside but they appear to have migrated to my hibiscus. I've been spraying it with a water ...
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Is maral root useful as a companion plant?

I was looking at rarer plants to grow for natural pesticide purposes and I was wondering how maral root fares. What conditions does this plant need to grow? At what temperature, water amounts, soil ...
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Ants and white fluff on my citrus tree leaves

I've noticed this weird thing on the underside of some of my citrus tree's leaves. It looks like a number of ants stuck in a bunch of white fluff. This is only on some of the leaves, and it's mostly ...
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Areca Palm pest identification

An areca palm I own has an insect infestation that I've had trouble identifying. I've been unable to locate any non-egg mature examples, only the eggs that tend to be in nooks around the plant, ...
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Pomegranate aphids or something else

I bought this pomegranate plant a few days back. Plant was healthy but now I see this tiny white things on the plant, these could be aphids I am not sure. I have adde some snaps, can someone confirm ...
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Tahitian Lime tree leaves eaten?

I got this Tahitian Dwarf Lime tree not long ago and I was surprised to find a few of the leaves being bitten. I'm not sure what to do to stop/prevent this from reocurring. Any advice?
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Does my Philodendron have warts?

My Philodendron has little black spots that look like warts on the stock/stem. What could it be?
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What kind of pest is this and how do I deal with it

My potted cayenne peppers have had problems with pests for about a year and a half. Does any one recognize it and know how to deal with it? The plants have been standing on a glazed balcony during ...
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How do I figure out what pest is eating my strawberries?

What is eating my strawberries? Every other morning I come to my patch and see the ripening berries are getting eaten ( see photo attached). I have added a net over the top to try and deter birds. I ...