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Questions tagged [pests]

For questions about garden pests such as insects, birds and mammals.

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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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Can I throw a plant that has white flies into the compost pile?

I have a bunch of dead leaves from a plant that has white flies. Can I use them for compost?
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Rats! There are rats destroying my pumpkins!

I have a plot in a community garden, and this past summer I planted New England pie pumpkins. They did VERY well (I had close to 20 fruits on 4 vines), but just before I harvested them some rats moved ...
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Strange spots on leaves on rubber plant (Ficus Black Night)

I purchased this plant about a couple weeks ago and when purchasing I saw these strange tiny black spots underneath the leaves but I went ahead and purchased anyways since it was the last one left. ...
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White Bead on an indoor pepper plant

I moved my pepper plants indoors to overwinter them and one has recently developed some small white beads on the leaves that I am unfamiliar with. Which pest am I dealing with and how best can I ...
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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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Beetle infection

Having the infestation of the beetle above in the gardening pots. The grub of the beetle is causing trouble to the young plants and the soil loses water retention due to the pupa stage which forms ...
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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 illness/pest has this dipladenia and what to do with it?

I've successfully rooted 6 dipladenias 4 month ago, they are in pots since 3 month. All went well so far, but now it seems they have some illness or pests. (All the six, although in different progress)...
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Height of deer fencing

I live on the Washington coast in an area with a large population of quite tame deer. There is a 6 foot wooden fence along once side of my back yard. The deer have never jumped over this fence, but ...
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Are there bugs on my adenium?

Can you please check the leaves of my adenium? It grows black in colour and I don't know why. Please share the reason so that I can improve the health of my adenium.
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What is happening to my Ipomoea?

Some leaves show white patches or (fewer) holes. The main symptom to my eye are leaves that are tightly folded up along their main axes with both halves apparently glued together by some "foreign" ...
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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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What is this insect with a funny color pattern?

What is this insect? Does she do any harm?
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Ants visiting Opuntia

My (elderly) Opuntia gets regular visits from a few ants, which apparently like to draw liquid where its cactus spines emerge. For this relationship between species, do we know whether it is a ...
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Who is bugging this Deutzia Gracilis?

The depicted Deutzia Gracilis has apparently begun suffering from some kind of invasion. Who is bugging it (probably aphids) and how can this be fought off (preferably without "strong" pesticides)? ...
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Twofold question about Burning Bush - Rudy Haag

I purchased a few Rudy Haag burning bushes here. They arrived well and healthy-looking. I took care of them as instructed and for the first 3-4 weeks they did really well but after that they started ...
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Fig tree - white holes & bald spots

I’ve searched for fig tree ailments (and there are many!) but can’t find a match for my problem. Can anyone help? Many of the leaves look like this - the leaf bulk has been eaten away and there is ...
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How well do mushrooms grow on peat?

I'm putting a wine cap bed about 10 feet from a peat bog. How well will the peat feed wine caps, and any other mushrooms i'm able to grow in the bed? As part of the mushroom bed is 1' thick I can ...
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What are the little white eggs on rose leaf?

Somes weeks ago rose food /w bad things killer was sprinkled on the ground. The three roses were, just a little over a week ago, hacked back for better access to attempt to clear myrtle that had ...
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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 bunnies eating my plants? [duplicate]

Bunnies are eating all my flowering plants. Is there a repellent that works best with bunnies? or what can I do to prevent them from eating plants?
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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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Basil leaves are scarred and wrinkled

My indoor basil plant has developed some scarring and has some pretty deformed leaves. Could it be due to the caterpillar that chewed up quite a few leaves a few weeks ago, or is something else the ...
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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 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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What are these tiny white spider-like bugs in my soil and on plants?

Since we bought some soil from Tescos recently, we've suddenly had an influx of lots of tiny white bugs in our soil. We have had spider-mites and aphids before, but these don't look like either (as ...
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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 is attacking my morning glories and how do I get rid of it?

enter image description here What is this affecting my morning glories? And what can I do to help get rid of it? I have took a wet napkin and wiped them off today. I also have seen small bugs ...
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Ants on the tip of my avocado plant. What should I do?

There are ants on the tip of my young avocado plant, and they've been there for a while now. I didn't know what to do. I thought they would go away after a while, but they don't. Is this a good thing ...
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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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What pest is this?

I found a bunch of these pests on my grape leaf. I zoomed in a bit, but they're quite small in real life. They also seem to be found on leaves with some kind of white or gray fluff (at first glance it ...
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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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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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Does anyone know what might be eating my new Rhododendron leaf? How concerned should I be?

After inquiring at a local nursery in the west of Ireland, I planted in a handful of Rhododendrons last year, to see how they might tolerate my soil. They seem to be thriving pretty well, But I ...
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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 kind of infestation and/or fungus do I have in my vegetable garden?

I have a raised vegetable garden and planted a number of vegetables about a month ago (they were in 3 or 4-inch pots, ready to be transplanted - i.e. not from seeds). In the past week or two, I've ...
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Pest identification: white worm/larva?

I’m at my wit’s end. I have a cyclamen that I’ve had about two years now. I keep it next to a spider plant and some succulents—all containered, all indoors. About six months ago I discovered these ...
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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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Small white egg-like sacs with orchid

I’ve just noticed small white egg-like sacs on the bark of the branch that I use to grow my tongue orchid Dockrillia linguiformis. In fact the sacs are not solid white but appear to be translucent. ...
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What are these very small angular holes in clusters on my ground?

This spring I've noticed a bunch of holes almost everywhere on my property which is located in Doboj, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Europe. N44.73, E18.08. The holes are forming some kind of clusters, ...
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Who's been eating my corn?

Pretty much all my corn is like this. The tassle ends are all eaten. I doubt the stalk would support possums, so maybe rats, or possibly birds? In NZ near the Zealandia eco-sanctuary
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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 is this growing on my plants and how do I treat it?

What is growing on my plants and how do I treat it? See details on this photo:
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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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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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How to get rid of worms in containers?

A friend of mine is growing several plants in containers. A couple of months ago he noticed some worms in some of his containers. He can't recall any obvious reason why that happened. But he really ...
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Need help identifying brown and white spots

I have two plants, one can brown spots I can scrape off and the other has white spots which are stuck to the leaves. I've just had an infestation of spider mites and they were absolutely horrendous to ...
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Help identify an insect on a cactus

I found this insect on my Echinopsis sp. It sort of looks like a tick, but what would a tick be doing on a cactus? What is it, and is it harmful?
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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 ...