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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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Dark spots on plant with heart-shaped leaves

I have an indoor plant with thick, dark green heart-shaped leaves that has developed some small black and brown spots. Does anyone know what this is? I asked a question earlier this week about a ...
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Black spots on my tomato plants?

My tomatoes have been slowly developing black spots on the leaves for a while now. I cant figure out what is causing it. I also just found some tiny bugs all over the plant today, but I can’t figure ...
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Aphids on my houseplants

I think I have black bugs on my plant since last year and I worked on it for months and then I thought I killed it. I used soapy water and when it did not work I used pesticide. It almost killed my ...
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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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What are these white bugs all over my lettuce?

I noticed these tiny white bugs on several of my romaine leaves today. Detail is not great since it was a camera phone, but they're about 2mm in length and there are hundreds of them. What are they ...
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What is this insect in my plants?

I was having some problems with my plants, that somebody identified as thrips. Just today, I moved one of the pots on my plants, and from underneath I found a lot of tiny insects. I was able to get ...
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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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Cucumber disease/ pest identification

Can anyone tell me what is happening with this cucumber plant?
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Is this a bug on my adenium plant and what should I do?

I'm not sure what's going on with my adenium plant. But it's getting worst week by week. It's on the balcony with direct sunlight from 11 to 16. I don't know if that stuff on the leaves is living ...
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Why are my zucchini dying off so early?

I've been loosing more zucchini than have been ripening, and I'm trying to figure out why. This is what I've been noticing: Many fruits wither and die when they are just buds - before they fully ...
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What are these white spots on my plants?

I recently noticed that some of my plants are getting some spots on their leaves. First it was my eggplants: And now my marigolds: Both are isolated to a single pot, so I moved the affected pots to ...
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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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Keeping goats from eating my plants

I have a couple of goats I like to let run around my yard, problem is I have a few flowering plants out there too. The goats seem to target these heavily, I was wondering if there was some way to keep ...
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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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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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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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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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What are these little black bugs on my Chives, Welsh and Spring Onions?

What are these little black bugs in my Chives, Welsh and Spring onions? They don't seem to be eating anything, they are clustered around the base and a short way up some of the stems.
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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 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 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 is happening to my flowers? Brown egg like balls? Flattened from stem

My flowers were growing wonderfully and in a nice bush form, a few days ago it started to flatten outwards. Thought it may have been due to some animal (my cat), but today I have found these brown egg ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why does my houseplant keep getting fungus gnats?

I have a single house plant, a larger sized plant I purchased from IKEA. It is potted in a large kitchen size garbage pail because I needed a narrow shape for it to fit in a built-in planter in my ...
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What are yellow balls in the soil?

In the first picture you can find my fingers, a ladybug and small yellow balls. I found them in the soil, close to roots of a plant (Hardy Kiwi) that died last year, probably because of heat stress (...
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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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