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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 little black bugs on my arugula in Denver CO?

There are little black bugs slowly eating away my Arugula. I live in Denver CO. The weird thing is, we have a pot of Arugula ~50ft away from where the other Arugula is planted and it's completely fine....
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Problems with new cherry trees (UK)

About three weeks ago I had a pair of sweet cherry trees planted -- they are 3-4 years old, about a meter high, and were planted where I'd previously had a seriously overgrown cotoneaster and a ...
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How to evict/remove/catch weasel or ferret hiding under roof?

Edit: As suggested in comment below it is probably some other species in question - possibly polecat, marten or weasel. Not completely sure but I think I have a ferret problem :( I'm looking on ...
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What bore a hole in this rose?

There is a hole in this rose. What is the name of the bug that would create such a hole?
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White little larvae/insects on the trunk of my Pilea

I have a healthy (or so I thought) Pilea plant (Chinese Money), ~6 months old, indoors. Today, I noticed some strange little white dots on its trunk; and, as it turns out, they are moving, and seem to ...
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Spots on underside of a tomato leaves

What are the white and yellow spots on the underside of tomato leaves? There are plenty of whiteflies around but I cannot see any eggs. These seem to be the immobile pupae but I am not sure about it ...
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Is this a gopher?

I can't think of what the animal below is but a gopher. But it doesn't look like any gophers I see in other pictures. This animal is very quick, so it's hard to capture in pictures. But it seems ...
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Is this bug on my wisteria harmful?

I recently found this bug underneath the leaves of my wisteria. There were a few of them and they seem pretty attached to the plant (i.e., stayed put when I moved the leaves). They have also laid ...
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Recent tomato plant foliage growth suddenly covered with black dots

I went to water my tomato plants this morning and noticed that much of the most recent leaf growth was covered in black dots. As can be seen in the following photos. Note that the drops of water on ...
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Insect Infestation of Chinese Elm

My Chinese elm suffers from an infestation that I am having a hard time diagnosing & treating. About a week ago, I noticed tiny, rod-shaped white spots, mostly on young leaves, which spread ...
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Mysterious Brown bumps; bugs, bug eggs, or maybe disease?

As it is springtime, I'm looking over my many plants (I'm located in Seattle) and I saw these brown bumps, they are one one of my for Little hazelnut trees. At least that's all I have found so far. ...
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What are these grub in my flowerbed?

I discovered a large number of these grubs in my flowerbed. Should I be concerned? Can anybody identify these?
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Hive of bees / wasps nesting inside pine tree

I have a pine tree growing next to the main door of my house. There is a hive of stinging insects (bees / wasps) nesting inside the pine needles, I am considering whether to leave them alone or to get ...
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What is causing my macadamia nuts to have tiny holes in them and are then hollow inside?

I have been growing a macadamia nut tree and have found tiny little holes in the nuts. When I cut them open, they are hollow inside. Are these rats eating the nuts?
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What is wrong with my hibiscus?

enter image description here The growth on this little tree seems much slower than it's sibling. The leaves appear to be growing very misshapen and start to curl under. It's almost as if it's being ...
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What is this black bug on my tomatoes

Recently I saw these black bugs on my tomatoes' leaves. I wonder what bug they are and would they harm my tomatoes, and if they do, how can I get rid of them ?: http://imgur.com/meJNbQi http://imgur....
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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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Getting rid of fruit flies on in-door pot with peas

I have a rectangular pot with soil where I have attempted to grow peas. For some reason (I'm not fully certain, probably over-watering) that pot became a breeding ground for fruit flies. I have read ...
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Is this pest? Please help me get rid of it

This is the leaf of my Poinsettia. I bought it just two days ago from a local nursery. It came with these tiny yellow, black, white spots which look like pest. The white ones are definitely some kind ...
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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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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 ...