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Questions tagged [pest-damage]

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Will a punctured stem harm my plant?

The stem of one of my potted plants was slightly chewed on by a cat. Nothing that would seriously damage the structural integrity of the plant, but it did puncture the surface. Will the plant heal on ...
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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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What could be eating my beet greens?

I have some rows of beets, and it seems that something has started to eat their beet greens. Interestingly, whatever is eating them seems to be working its way methodically up the row, rather than ...
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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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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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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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Should I prune skeletonized leaves?

Follow up to this question. I've killed all of the Japanese beetles on my fruit trees, and will continue to monitor them every morning. Unfortunately I have a lot of skeletonized leaves. Seems like ...
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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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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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What might be eating small holes in my bell pepper?

There appears to be something eating very small holes into my pepper fruits. At first I suspected an insect, but upon cutting the pepper open there were no signs of investation. One of the holes even ...
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Zucchini skin disease (holes)

For several years now the zucchini in my amateur garden have always failed in the same way. The fruits start to grow but stay in an arrested development state (their size never goes beyond 12cm, the ...
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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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How to protect my guava tree from insects?

I have a guava tree that is 2-3 years old, but every summer when the fruit starts to ripe, the ripe fruit gets holes near the branch and when cut it I see small larvas crawling all inside. I did use ...
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What are these white irregular sized spots on my cucumber and melon plants?

Most of my cucumber and melon plants have these (cream) white spots of various size. The white spots grow and some of the older leaves have withered (partly). All plants come from seed, and have ...
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What is eating/removing young fruit from my lemon and orange trees?

I live on the upper Gulf coast, just inland of Galveston Bay. For the past three weeks my improved meyer lemon tree, and two satsuma orange trees have been in glorious bloom. The bees went crazy, and ...
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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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What is the prognosis for Camellia japonica with 90% of leaves removed?

The damndeer ate 90 % of the leaves and 75 % of the leaf buds ( 1/4 to 1/2 inch long at this time) from a 4 ft tall Camellia japonica. It has been in that location about 4 years. Normally there is a ...
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Apple plant abnormal leaves

I have a apple plant which is about 5months old(guessed). As you can see in the image below the new leaves are curling up. I don't know what causes this or how to treat for this. This has happened to ...
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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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What are these white with black caterpillars eating Petunias in Albuquerque, New Mexico?

I'm visiting grandparents in Albuquerque, New Mexico and am trying to help perk up some of their potted and hanging potted plants. It doesn't take long for plants to dwindle in this area (dry and hot ...
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What caterpillar is this?

And how do I get rid of it... The beasts are about 2 cm long. At first I thought there was a parasite in my plants since I only saw the poppy-seed-like excrement. Until someone mentioned it was ...
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Young cherry tree features brown, curled, holed and loss of leaves

I've noticed a significant deterioration in the health of my relatively young (~2 years) cherry tree. The leaves are turning brown, some are curled, some have holes and a number have also entirely ...
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Is this discoloration on a pumpkin plant stem caused by squash vine borer?

I have a big, healthy looking pumpkin plant with a dozen small pumpkins starting to bud. Today I went in and got a good look at the base of the vine and found this discoloration. Is this squash vine ...
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Will beans or peas grow back after being topped by a deer?

A deer got at my peas and beans. The peas seem to still have some leaves and stem. The beans are missing most of their leaves. Do either plants have any chance of regrowing or should I scrap them all ...
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Dying tree with many holes

There is a medium-sized tree on my property that’s in trouble (it’s some sort of fruiting berry tree: cherry?). I just noticed that it is way behind the other trees in terms of leaves, about 1/3 of ...
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Little Pests with White cotton around them

I see little pests with white cottons around them on my plant. How can I get rid of them?
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Beet leaves bubbling

A few of my beet plants (~5%) have these odd skin-like bubbles forming on one or two of their leaves. When I pop them they're filled with these patches of black particles (possibly dead pests of some ...
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Capsicum ( Peppers ) leaves have holes, turned yellow, curled no bugs visible

Capsicum ( Melbourne, Australia ), outdoor on balcony in a pot, started to have holes on leaves, turned yellow, curled, but no bugs visible. Has proper drainage, watered around every 2-3 days (may ...
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Help identifying pest

I have Basil and mint plants with leaves filled with white dots (see images), and now I've even noticed the same thing on a red currant bush. But I have no idea what's causing it. I can not see any ...
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Identifying cause of poor growth in rudbeckia

My rudbeckia is starting to come out, and some of the leaves at the tips are curled, dry, and in some of the plants yellow. Last year these plants did mostly fine, considering it was an incredibly ...
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Will a basil seedling regrow after its leaves were eaten?

I planted purple basil a couple of months ago; its true leaves were beginning to develop but a slug (I'm guessing) devoured all the leaves from the seedlings. The stems are present so will it still ...
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Will red maple tree survive after being eaten by deer?

Deer ate the leaves off a recently planted red maple tree. Is the tree permanently damaged or will the tree continue to grow? What should I do?
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Why is this boxwood suffering? Is it box blight or an insect-infection?

I have two small boxwood hedges in my garden which I have trained over the years by cutting into the form of a cuboid. One hedge is in a shady and wet place, one is fully exposed to the sun, south ...
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What is this dark leafy vegetable plant? What's causing holes in the leaves, and how can I help it?

I got a variety of seeds from a friend. Most were swiss chard and butter lettuce but this one is different. Also it's the only one that's getting riddled with little holes. What's eating it? What ...
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Tips to help an ash tree, trying to grow from the roots of an EAB victim

Two years ago, emerald ash borer struck my region. I and several of my neighbors made the tree services rich, taking down the trees before they came down on their own and causing damages. I lost ...
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Should I remove the tiny, cute, white and red bugs from my Umbrella plant (Variegated Schefflera)?

I wiped the leaves of this Umbrella plant (Variegated Schefflera) some weeks ago. Now I am seeing all these white and red bugs on the leaves of the plant. I can easily take them off with a stick. ...
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What's eating my broccoli and kale, and what can I do to prevent it?

Something has been eating my broccoli and kale plants. I haven't seen anything on it, so I'm not sure what it is. It started eating the leaves and has progressed to eating stems and recently seems to ...
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Are squash bugs a pepper pest?

So, I grew some zucchini and the squash bugs finally proliferated on it. Today I was in the garden and I saw that there were squash bugs hanging out on my chili pepper plant, which is by the zucchini (...
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Black beetle identification, crawling on potato plant

I need help identifying a beetle I found in my garden. I've never seen them before, but suddenly today there were many of them crawling around my russet potato plants. They were quite active and ...
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What critter creates piles like these shown in the picture below?

I noticed a few piles of soil near plants in the garden. Not sure which critter is doing it. So far I have not seen any damage to the plants. But I'm wondering if this critter will cause any root ...
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Purple Sprouting Broccoli recovery from bird attack

OK, I planted out my Broccoli earlier this year without realising that the birds love to snack on the leaves. They skeletonized the leaves, leaving only the veins on some of the larger leaves. I've ...
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Has anyone seen this kind of eggs in their kale and strawberry?

I guess these are eggs of some pest which is infecting the kale and strawberry plants in our garden. Has anyone seen something similar to this? If yes, what did you do to get rid of them without any ...
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What's eating my pepper leaves?

I'm have two bell pepper plants that seem to be attracting a hungry pest. I'm in Phoenix AZ. What insect is causing this damage? Is this a significant threat to the health of the plant? So far it ...
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What illness/pest has this rosemary and what to do with it?

Recently 3 of my rosemary bushes seems to have some (multiple) illness and/or pest. I am an absolute amateur, so I just hopelessly see their day by day worsening condition. I know it is hard to ...
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Translucent spots on leaves

Recently, several of my plants have developed these translucent spots on their leaves: What is causing this? What should I do?
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Who keeps tearing the leaves off my melons?

I have a small garden in my backyard (a 4x4 "square foot" garden). It has a variety of different plants in it. Recently I tried to grow melons in it (watermelons and cantaloupes). But, shortly after ...
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Will branches on my damaged apple tree grow farther apart from each other as it gets taller?

I have an apple tree that is developing a lot of branches close together after it lost half its height due to a deer attack. As the tree grows taller again, will the new branches eventually grow with ...
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What is eating my kale leaves

Something has been nipping away at my kale leaves. These are growing in a raised bed and I don't see any snails around. I have also covered up the bed with a net to keep away squirrels to the extent I ...
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Are the white sections on my bean plant's leaves caused by white flies?

I have been planting a few beans in my backyard, in a pot. The plants sprout well and start growing well. After a week or less the leaves have these white lines and patches on them. I had pepper ...