Questions tagged [pests]

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How can I protect my outdoor potted garden without a fence?

My wife started planting vegetables this year - she has starters growing indoors, and soon we will need to move them outside. Unfortunately, after consulting with my landlord, it turns out we cannot ...
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Is bark mulch termite resistant?

We're looking to freshen the mulch on our property and our pest control company is asking us to only use termite-resistant mulch. The closest alternative the landscaper has is a top grade bark mulch. ...
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What's being raised on my wooden raised garden bed?

This has been on my wooden raised garden bed from long time(now almost 5-6 months) and all over it. Not sure what's it. I haven't seen any insects roaming around, none of my plants have any damage (...
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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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What are these white spots on my cactus? Note: they are not cochineal bugs (as I know them)

I've had this cactus for about two years now, and this winter in began showing these white, flat dots that look like splattered paint. They can be scrapped off, but there's no sign of an insect or ...
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Is this a pest? How can I get rid of it?

I found these bugs on my Kalanchoe plant this morning. I might have overwatered it for a while so that may be the reason why they appeared. They're tiny and green in colour, though there are some that ...
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My Peperomia has this little green dots

I recently got this plant from a nursery and when I got home, I realized it has these little dots all over it, is this some type of pest?
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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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Hibiscus pest question

Any ideas what pest is plaguing my hibiscus? I kept it outdoors in central New Mexico until about 3--4 months ago when the temperature went below freezing. It's been inside since. I've had it for ...
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What's killing my orange tree?

I've been spraying with neem oil and it hasn't been helping. I've attached pictures. It seems like something is killing the leaves from the bottom up. New leaves sprout but they get killed and eaten ...
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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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What is eating the rind of the lemon?

These fruit had already fallen, but the fruit is sometimes being eaten on the tree. Just one or two fruit at a time. No noticeable teethmarks, though I will examine the intact lemons more often to see ...
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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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Venus flytrap to catch fungus gnats and mosquitos

Is it a good idea to use a Venus flytrap to catch flying pests?
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rodents eating fig cuttings in my greenhouse

I am having a problem with something getting into my greenhouse at night and eating my fig cuttings down to the nubs! It is also eating my plastic containers? what is it? I checked the perimeter of ...
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Is my tree OK? (Bubbly effect on stem of Rainbow Eucalyptus)

We have a ~1 year old Rainbow Eucalyptus tree. It's now about 1 metre tall, and we've noticed a concerning 'bubbly' texture on most of its upper stems. The "bubbliness" is the same sort of ...
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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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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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Chinese Evergreen Bloom black dots

Do you know what is causing the black dots in this bloom? Some concerns - could it be infestation or mold? Is there something (that isn't this plant!) incubating-growing inside? Since bringing this ...
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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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Why are my raised bed vegetable garden seedlings disappearing over night and how can I remedy it?

I have a wonderful raised veggie bed. This is the first year in 10 years that I've had a problem. I've planted kale, chili peppers, cilantro, and now cabbage. Everything has been eaten over night. ...
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Tamarind tree leaves and branches are turning brown all of a sudden

My tamarind tree is around 25 years old and it was all healthy till 3 months back. All of a sudden some of its branches and leaves are turning brown. Tree is full of fruits now and even they are ...
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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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Are dead mice by my compost heap a sign of trouble?

I have a compost heap at the back of my property, probably 30-40 feet away from the house. It's one of those simple "circle of chicken wire on bare earth" ones, with most of the material ...
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Which disease could be turning the leaves on my tomato plants BLUE?

The leaves are very dry (though the plants were watered regularly and consistenly), have this bluish tint and those brown spots. Googled, but found nothing, which is weird. What could this be?
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Black spots with white ring around them on Zinnia leaves

We have grown Zinnias in our garden since 3-4 years, In South India . The initial batches were very healthy and robust ,with stunning flowers. but since the last 1 year or so I have noticed that the ...
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What are these small black flecks on my brussels sprouts?

I've been battling aphids all summer and they were ruthless to all my brassica plants. It's the beginning of October and they seem to have backed off of my kale (what's left of it), but I've still ...
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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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What is this tiny translucent insect on my shiso leaf?

Some leaves on my shiso plant were thinned and white at places. I looked at one of them with a small microscope (around x400) and detected this guy busy chewing: Apparently his kind has caused lots ...
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Ornamental grape vine

I have something eating my ornamental grape vine new growth. Can you suggest something please? The vine is about 5 years old and perfectly healthy otherwise. I haven’t tried anything as yet.
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What’s eating the leaves of my bell pepper plant

I am so shocked to see my Bell pepper plant this morning. My bell pepper plant looks like this yesterday When I checked it this morning it looks like this My hunch is rats. But I’m not sure because ...
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Pest identification

I'm dealing with an infestation in many of my plants, and it seems to be different things. Generally my plants are very happy, but every once in a while one of them just rapidly detoriates, with ...
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What are these bugs infesting my jade plant and what to do about them?

I started putting my jade plant outside (fire escape) every morning because I live in an apartment and was trying to maximize sunlight. But then I noticed my jade plants were shriveling and turning ...
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Yellowing spotted morning glory leaves

I'm wondering what's causing the leaves of my morning glories to turn yellow and develop black/brown patches, along with what looks to be like white mold, as shown in this photo: This is worse in the ...
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Yellowish spots under and above the leaves

What are these yellowish spots under and above the bell pepper plant? And I can see black ants around these spots.
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White very small worms in the saucer water after watering from bottom

After I watered one of the plants using a saucer I found white worms swimming in the water. I could not identify them and I am looking for help to figure out if this is potentially harmful to my ...
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Ants on Zucchini flowers

I've noticed a lot of ants on my zucchini plants and in particular the flowers. Not sure whether this is an issue I should be concerned about and if so what could be done to manage them.
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Aglaonema attracts fruit flies

We've had a minor fruit fly infestation for a couple of weeks now, and we've been setting out traps and paper and being more careful about keeping food under wraps. But they've persisted... A couple ...
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Zucchini, eggplant, melon and cucumber pest/disease?

I'm trying my hand at growing some vegetables on my balcony. I'm in Firenze, Italy, it's currently 30-35 degrees Celsius (about 95 Fahrenheit?) and I have full (10+ hours) sun on my balcony. The ...
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What are these white specks on this osteospermum (african daisy)?

This african daisy plant has lots of tiny white "crystals" of varying sizes all over the soil and stem, with some on top of the leaves as well (not as much underneath). It looks a lot like ...
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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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Eryngium flower collapse

Eryngium 'Jos Eijking' flower stems grown up with buds, then some , but not all develop a brownish-black mark about half-way up the stem which affects the structure of the stem and it collapses. ...
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Is it normal for an oak tree to slough off its thick bark without it growing back?

I have several oak trees in my forested back yard that are in various stages of loosing a thick outer layer of bark, revealing thinner whitish bark underneath. Once this bark is lost, it doesn't ...
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Rose flowers distorted

[MMe Hardy 1] [Mme Hardy 2]- English rose in pot.Distortion in bud through to full flower, except they do not open due to this virus [?] or pest.Flower buds normally have a greenish centre that opens ...
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Ficus elastica (robusta): what larva are these, and what is this white buildup?

my ficus has been doing well and growing well over the past 3 years. But recently two things have started happening: New leaves all become yellow and mushy, and sticky strings are sticking out of ...
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Cucumber disease/ pest identification

Can anyone tell me what is happening with this cucumber plant?

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