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Are these spiders or mites?

I was letting my anthurium soak in a bowl of water and when I took it out noticed these two black tiny spiders in the water. Are they spider mites or actual spiders? The top of the soil has webbing ...
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What is this infestation?

My potted carambola (startfruit) has started losing leaves recently, and when I looked very closely, I saw what I think is evidence of some sort of infestation. I have some insecticidal soap (Safer's, ...
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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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Can you identify this insect? Mint plant

I found this on my mint plant lingering around. I live in egypt. It seems like a beetle but i don't really know.
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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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Bugs found in all of my plants!

I noticed my basil was being chewed about a week ago. I inspected the soil and leaves and didn't found anything. Next thing I see is a little black and brown bug (shown picture 1) running around the ...
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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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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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White dots on pepper plant leaf. Which nutrient/fungal problem?

Consider the attached pictures of some leaves of my pepper plant. There are white dots on the backside of the leaf which correspond to regions of mild translucency on the face of the leaf. Further, ...
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Tiny white insects in the soil-eating roots?

I notice a lot of white tiny tiny insect in the soil if my plants. They mainly stay in the soil, nothing on the stem or leaves. I just noticed these things today, so not sure how long they have been ...
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What is this white furry pest?

This is a basil plant growing in a hydroponics kit in my kitchen. I'm not sure how it got there but it appears to be a pest that has gotten in somehow. The leaves started to wilt and die.
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What are these yellow/brown spots on the leaves of this Alocasia?

Last year this alocasia 'giant taro' was very healthy growing foot long leaves shooting up every couple of weeks. At some point the leaves started to decay and while it's still alive, the leaves are ...
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What is the most likely problem with my hot pepper plants?

I'm trying to keep my Carolina Reaper pepper plants alive. We've had lots of rain, and there is good drainage at the bottom of the planters. I've put down slug plugs and spray them with insect oil. ...
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Avoiding snails around potted greenery?

I had an idea about snail trap. I was wondering if placing a plastic ring in a form of a brush around a pot with needles pointing down would serve the purpose. Using very tiny spaced needles (i.e. low ...
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Does it make sense to spray a soccer field for ticks?

I work at a school in an area with a high incidence of tick-borne diseases (even the one that makes you allergic to red meat!) and some parents have asked the school to spray the grounds for ticks. I ...
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Fungus cross infection

My Dendrobium Nobile Apollon has fungus ... Is it possible that this fungus could infect other plants like my Hoyas?
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Miner bees vs raised beds

Last yard some strange ground bees opened up shop in my front yard. I did a little research and determined they're miner bees. Apparently they don't sting and are generally helpful in a similar way to ...
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Something is eating my young (indoor) vegetable seedings down to the stem

The leaves on my young kale, broccoli and chilli seedlings keep getting eaten overnight. I started noticing it gradually but now I will wake up to a whole tray of seedlings eaten back to the stem. ...
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What garden critters are eating my tomatoes, and how do I stop them?

Location: Coastal Southern California in a relatively dense area (denser than the suburbs, but not dense like the city). Issue: I've grown tomatoes on and off in this area for the past 20 years and ...
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Can anyone help me identify these bugs destroying my garden please?

The garden is in Los Angeles County. The bugs appeared around the beginning of April. Attached are images. One is a close-up. One is some more bugs near a nickel to get a sense of their size. I have ...
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Are gnats or small flies common around compost piles?

I am new to composting and started my first pile a few weeks ago. I've only put the following things in the pile: Yard waste - grass clippings from mowing, clippings from my garden, clippings from ...
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Should I use both blue and yellow sticky traps?

I currently use yellow sticky traps to control white flies and aphids infestations, but I noticed that the black thrips don't get attracted to the yellow traps as much as the white flies. I searched a ...
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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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