Questions tagged [pests]

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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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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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Managing Bronze Orange Bugs on citrus trees

How can I eliminate Bronze Orange (stink) Bugs from my citrus trees? I know that spraying the trees with Confidor will get rid of these bugs, however I've been told that it's not suitable to use on ...
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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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What kind of caterpillar is this?

About 2 cm (when I found them). They are olive green. They have a black head, and black dots on the side, around the spiracles. They are not hairy. If I counted right, they have three pairs of prolegs ...
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What are these holes?

I noticed these burrows on my lawn. The holes are 1/2”. Pests? If so, what kind? FWIW I live on Long Island, NY. [
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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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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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Chilli Plant Bugs/Brown-Purple Staining

I have an indoor jalapeno, cayenne and birds eye chillies which I planted from seed and moved indoors at the end of summer. They have become infested with tiny bugs which live on the bottoms of the ...
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Fungus gnats and mushrooms in a Walmart strawberry plant

Two weeks I bought a $10 everbearing strawberry plant from Walmart. It looked the most alive out of all the Walmart options. I immediately repotted it into a larger pot that stays out on my balcony. I ...
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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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Worms appearing in potted Yucca after watering

I'm a gardening noob and bought my very first small indoor tree less than one month ago. It's a yucca elephantipes that looks very healthy: all the leaves are green and no insects/bite marks. I ...
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What is happening to our potato plants? (going black, wilting)

We have a row of 3 different heirloom potato varieties, 50 originally, of which we've lost about 15 to a problem we'd like to identify. The following photos show the start of the issue, through to 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 being ...
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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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Are these whiteflies under my tomato plant's leaf?

For the last week or so, I have noticed several small yellow spots on the top of one of the leaves. Today, I looked under the leaf and noticed a bunch of very small, dark lumps, and a couple of small ...
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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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Dots on lemon tree leaves

The leaves on my lemon tree have these small yellow and brown dots. I assumed these are some kind of pests or insects and have therefore been spraying them with neem oil every 8 - 10 days. I even ...
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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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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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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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Pinus sylvestris yellowing problem

I'm pretty new to gardening and I recently (~2 weeks ago) got a Pinus sylvestris 'Fastigiata' plant and I noticed that some needles started to yellow. Here are a few pics:- The yellowing is mostly on ...
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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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Small Red See Through Worms in House Plants

I bought a plant of of Facebook Marketplace and when I went to give it a watering these small red see through worms were sitting in the watering tray. I’ve watered the plant a few more times since ...
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Brown spots around the veins on a hot pepper plant's leaves

I noticed this on some on my Carolina Reaper plants. A lot of the leaves have this kind of spots surrounding the midrib and the veins. The plants grow indoors in 5l pots but I kept them in the garden ...
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White spikes under water spinach leaves

My water spinach plants are covered with these spikes. They are hard when I poke at them with a knife. They are mostly on the underside of leaves but sometimes also break to the topside. The leaves ...
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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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Not sure if there's a pest in my soil!

I had potted some garlic to grow recently, and yesterday when I lifted the pot to clean under it, the soil seemed to look like pest excrement, of some sort. Here is a picture. Can someone help me ...
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How do I deter a pesky groundhog from eating my vegetables?

I woke to see my zucchini, yellow squash and sunflower leaves "gone". Are there any proven suggestions on how to keep groundhogs away? I do have a 3 ft chicken wire fence around my garden area. I don'...
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Scale like matter and dark spots on Lipstick Petiole

I found this scale like matter on my leaves and i noticed they have been droopy lately. There is also tiny black things on almost every petiole.
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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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what are these brown spots on my potato plant?

I have noticed brown spots on my potato plant but cannot figure out what it could be. Do you might have an idea?
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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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Help identifying a flowering plant and its pests

I recently bought a flowering plant from the supermarket, but have not been able to determine exactly what it is (it was unhelpfully labelled as "potted plant"). Its stems are thin and vine-like; its ...
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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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Papaya plant is getting insects

I have small papaya plant in my balcony. I had two plants in my balcony. One of which was the smaller one died after lots of white insects on that. Now I can see some insects on other plant as well. ...
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Pea Pest Identification

I was in my garden today and noticed my pea plants are being eaten by something. Could someone help me identify what's happening and how I could stop it? The pea plants are about 1-3 in tall and I ...
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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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How to get rid of these small black bugs on gardenia

My gardenia is more than 6 months old. it was in good health. Suddenly I noticed that the gardenia leaves are turning yellow. I thought that it was because of natural causes. So, I ignored it ...
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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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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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Should slugs and snails be treated the same way?

I've been reading articles on taking care of plant species such as basil and have noticed that though I've seen precautions for slug infestations, I haven't seen the same for snails. They're both ...
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Cucumber disease/ pest identification

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

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