Questions tagged [pest-control]

For questions about controlling garden pests. Use this tag with questions about how to keep identified pests at bay. For unidentified pests use the [pest] and [identification] tags. For questions about pesticides use the [pesticide] tag.

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Help me identify this bug pest on my roses

I am noticing some black beetle looking pests on my roses and im trying to find out how to prevent them from destroying my rose plants as they are swarming them and destroying their petals and stems.. ...
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Mango plant is dying

My mango plant (Mallika variety) recently had what seemed like a mealybug infestation. I applied EndAll pesticide and 70% isopropyl alcohol, and now the bugs mostly seem to be gone. However, I notice ...
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Getting rid of fruit flies in the compost bin

A few weeks ago I put up a compost bin in my garden, similar to this one (bottomless and placed directly onto the soil). Soon after I began to use it, I noticed swarms of fruit flies inside. The first ...
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Is there a wasp nest in this tree?

We have a small tree in the border of our back garden. I noticed today that there is a constant sparse crowd of wasps around the base of the tree, if you stop and look then there's easily a dozen in ...
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Best way to control oleander aphids on milkweed without harming monarch caterpillars or future eggs

I've got an infestation of oleander aphids on my milkweed plants (A. incarnata and A. tuberosa). They're somewhat unsightly, and all other things being equal I'd want to get rid of them unless they ...
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What's going on with leaves on my avocado? help

I have an avocado plant in my outdoors, but for some time light spots appear on the leaves, and the tips dry out
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Treat thrip on houseplants

I diagnosed these little guys as thrips as you could see them and the typical silvery trails in the leaves where the immature thrip live. They had spread to the ivy and philodendron plants inside the ...
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What is wrong with my Cordon Apple tree?

It has a white spider web like covering... What is it and how should I treat it? I live in the UK.
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What is wrong with my forest pansy?

Looking sad, has white spots on back of leaves and has been munched a bit. What is it and how do I treat it? I live in the UK.
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white pods/infestation on hortensia

Location: north Italy (Alps) Recently I noticed something strange on my hortensia in my garden, probably a disease/infection or some kind of bug: some white pods. These pods appear soft to the touch ...
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Snail control using biodynamic or ecofriendly solutions

I have recently built and planted a few box gardens with various herbs and vegetables, however, I am having issues with snails. I was told that magnolia flowers are a good natural repellent but they ...
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Dog kennels for garden?

My wife is looking to start planting soon and is looking for something to keep the critters out. She suggested looking at dog kennels, something along these lines: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Lucky-Dog-...
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Eliminating Vine Weevils without neonicotinoids

I recently acquired a number of plants for ground cover. After planting, I noticed that I had an infestation of Vine Weevils, almost certainly from the new plants. I have pulled out the new plants ...
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What are these pests that look like thrip larva?

They are very small and look like the earliest stages of thrip larva, but I have never seen an adult thrip, even though I see these guys often, so I don't think that's what they are. They walk on ...
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Are these wasps? What is the best course of action to handle them?

So I just discovered them under a solar panel switch ('isolator') today. I have no idea how long they have been there but I reckon it cannot be more than a month or so. There are two of them and they ...
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Will rubbing alcohol make my basil inedible?

I currently have indoor potted basil and peppermint plants. Unfortunately, aphids have taken up residence in the peppermint and are spreading to the basil. Several internet sources say that rubbing (...
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How to rid a colony of ants from my yard

The photo is deceiving: It looks like just a few ants. Actually there is a million of them over a 200sf section of my lawn. I believe a can of ant spray will not do the trick outside. How can I kill ...
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Is this a bug on my adenium plant and what should I do?

I'm not sure what's going on with my adenium plant. But it's getting worst week by week. It's on the balcony with direct sunlight from 11 to 16. I don't know if that stuff on the leaves is living ...
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Pests on my herbs

I have some pests all over my herbs. They were on my chilli plant too a few weeks back, and I tried spraying it with a dilute mixture of apple cider vinegar with a couple of drops of washing up liquid ...
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Please help identify tiny white bugs on the soil of my raised bed

Please help me identify these patches of tiny white bugs that appeared all over the soil of my raised bed. I suspect their size to be in the 0.2-0.8 mm range There are also some tiny sub-millimetre ...
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Pest found on sunflowers

I found some black/white dots that are on my sunflower leaves and flower. I can't tell if they are pests or infected with disease. Could someone help ?
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Very small black dots/dents in new pepper leaves

this is my first time posting here and I've scoured the internet for days. This is only a problem on the relatively new leaves on my Trinidad Scorpion and Carolina Reaper. They are small black dots ...
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What animals dig surface trench in lawns?

I went out to take a few pictures for plant identification and noticed these surface trenches in our lawn. The trenches are more visible in weed-heavy areas (2nd pic). I've read about the various ...
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What pest is attacking my poor Monstera Minima?

I have a beautiful Monstera minima that is being attacked by something. what is weird - I don't see visible pests with my eyes. it looks however like something is sucking the leaves. the plan is dull ...
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How to get rid of these insects from my home [closed]

I need urgent help. I woke up this morning to find out that there are about 2 dozen honey bees or wasps flying around in my apartment's gallery. 20 minutes later they settled down like so: One of ...
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Can mulch/gravel protect soil against cockchafer?

Last year I had a big problem with cockchafer (or some other bug, maybe Japanese beetle) grubs in my potted plants. I wonder if covering the soil with mulch or gravel can prevent bugs from getting ...
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Are there any ways to combat the Bibio lanigerus?

For the last year I've had small black flies (1-2mm) in my house. I also noticed that some of my plants were slowly dying, and when removing one from the pot I saw small silver (1mm) larvae undergound ...
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Is it a good idea and how to introduce frogs in my garden?

I am trying to sustainably get a grip on the flies, mosquitoes and other such insects' population. We live in the San Francisco Bay Area. We have a decent sized backyard (about 3000 sq ft of garden/...
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How to get rid of baby snails?

This has now become a severe problem. Last year nearly all of the young plants that I had planted were eaten away by them. I used to throw away the bigger snails, later killed them by hitting as I ...
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Acacia bonsai mealy bug clean up

I have a young Acacia bonsai which has been invaded by mealy bugs (I believe?), primarily on the branches circled in red. They are brown, stick themselves to the plant, and can be seen walking up and ...
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How do I deter the honey-bees from my compost bin?

I have two composting bins on the terrace beside my terrace garden (TG). A couple of days back I saw a swarm of honey bees near my TG, and from yesterday or so I am seeing that there are a couple of ...
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I noticed some tiny white bugs on my Calathea, could they be responsible for this?

Recently I acquired a new Calathea and upon bringing it home I gave the plant a wipe down. I found there are what looks like tiny tiny specks of dust on the underside of the leafs so I wiped them off ...
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Are these scale insects? How to get rid of them?

I have tried to kill them with Neudorff Spruzit spray (Pyrethrin) and Provanto spray (Flupyradifurone) and they still keep spreading after 2-3 months from first poisoning. I really need help because ...
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Does cold kill whiteflies and their eggs?

I've discovered some nasty whiteflies on my chili peppers. I'm keeping my plants indoors. my question is if I expose them to cold outdoor temperatures (below 5 or 10 degrees Celsius) does it kill ...
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Does winter wash stain brickwork

I have a healthy Jasmine that is trained against a brick wall. It covers a width of some 3m and reaches to 2.5m tall. It has suddenly been afflicted by a large aphid infestation, so I was planning to ...
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Coffee grounds as pesticide or fertilizer (in general and/or for Chinese Evergreens)

Earlier today, I noticed a lot of small tiny flies emerging from the Chinese Evergreens I purchased last weekend. At the time, I just had my freshly ground and used morning coffee beans... so I tried ...
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What is the right combination of neem oil and other substances to treat tiny black flies infestation in soil?

What is the right combination of neem oil and other substances to treat tiny black flies (fungus gnats, I believe?) infestation in soil?
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What is the best food bait for mice and rats?

We have some mice occasionally visiting our garden. I got some humane (catch and release) traps but not sure of the best foot bait to use in them? Some places suggest peanut butter but ideally I would ...
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Tips on controlling fungus gnats

I planted some sweet potato tubers that have been growing vines for a few months now. The plant is potted in the same cactus soil I use for my cactus plant-- very high drainage-- in a tin pot with a ...
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Aphid or mites on Japanese maple? (Acer plamatum katsura)

I have noticed this morning that my potted Acer tree is covered in what look to be black/brown aphids? I am in the North West England and we have recently had very wet and windy weather and wondering ...
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ridding of roly poly bugs

there are several of these in my hothouse, in tubs and they are eating my seeds before or after they have started to sprout - mainly carrot seeds and nibbling around the base of celery - what do I do?
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Why there is shiny substance around the border of my pepper plant leaves?

I planted some Serrano pepper plants few days ago. The plants were growing fine until I saw a transparent substance coated around the borders of few leaves. I tried to scratch some with my nails but ...
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Were can I buy punctureVine weevils? [closed]

I live in Utah and I've been googling for 20 minutes and can't seem to find any were that sells them. Were can i buy puncutrevine Weevils to control the puncturevine in my yard?
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How to cut calculated height with trimmer

I recently redid our lawn and it was beautiful grown turf (thanks to @bamboo) until the mice/rat (we can’t figure out what is that)next door ruined it and tried to dig places. Now from book of ...
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Rust color spots on Tomato Leaves, and Caterpillars

I am getting these spots on tomatoes in my green house. I am in North Carolina so it is really hot. Caterpillars also have been eating the leaves. They mostly like the kale leaves though. How can ...
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Keeping aphids away from my Chamomile once they've found it

I've had good success with the Chamomile I planted in a 2 foot long windowbox and I had no pest issues before we started getting a lot of rain. I was treating them with neem oil diluted in water (1 ...
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How to control fleas in the garden?

Our garden seem to have some fleas (see pictures here: https://biology.stackexchange.com/questions/95248/insect-identification-question-is-this-a-flea-if-yes-what-kind). They sometimes get inside the ...
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Suggestions for rabbit-proof plants for North Carolina

We live in southern North Carolina and are trying to figure out what to plant on this hill. We put in some azaleas a month or so ago, but the bunnies have since ravaged them. We have tried some &...
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Natural Organic slug/snail/pest repellants

currently all of my plants seem to be getting devoured by slugs or snails or both. I'm currently growing the following. Mint Basil Sunflowers Tomatos Strawberrys Runner Beans What can I do to reduce ...
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Is this Viburnum Leaf Beetle?

I've got about 5 of these shrubs (I believe they are Viburnum latana 'Mohican') on a side of my house I nearly never get around to. Today when I was doing a walk around I noticed they were getting ...
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