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Help identify an insect on a cactus

I found this insect on my Echinopsis sp. It sort of looks like a tick, but what would a tick be doing on a cactus? What is it, and is it harmful?
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What's the best way to eliminate/deter rats from a garden without harming squirrels?

I have a friend who wants to plant a garden were she has moved, but she has a huge rat problem and is afraid that if she plants a garden they will be a nuisance. She is afraid of using poison or ...
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What is afflicting this sick Bay Laurel (Laurus Nobilis) — and how do I fix it?

I brought in my bay laurel (aka sweet bay, laurus nobilis) to clean it, and noticed an infestation of tiny "bug sacks" underneath the leaves, along the veins. What are they? I don't see any actual ...
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How long is bacillus thuringiensis active?

A few weeks ago I sprayed my broccoli and bok choy plants with bacillus thuringiensis in an attempt to control caterpillar numbers. I'm pleased to see no new caterpillars (pieris rapae larvae) since ...
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What is this small insect with a rounded brown head burrowing into my rhododendron?

I caught this bug burrowing into the trunk of my rhododendron, and I persuaded it to exit its home. Here's a close up of said worm. I can't imagine it being other than damaging to my tree. Anyone ...
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Why are some of my pumpkin plants wilting, and showing what looks like stem rot?

Up to this date we have had a healthy crop of about 500 flowering pumpkin plants, however, over the last 3 days we have lost maybe 20 of them. They will simply wilt over 24hrs and then die: Closer ...
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Are these mealybugs and how do I treat them?

My basil is infested with pests, and from this earlier question I think they might be mealybugs. How should I treat it? I have previously sprayed it with Natrasoap (Potassium salts of fatty acids), ...
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Do mosquitoes breed in the water caught by succulents?

Echeveria and Agave are succulents that trap rainwater between their hydrophobic leaves. Droplets last a long time in these crevasses. Mosquito abatement requires avoiding standing water. They ...
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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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Small parasite wasps around the soil

Recently i detect many small black parasite wasps (not talking about Fungus Gnats) They are flying smoothly and searching the surface of the soil (around the indoor pots). I don't know if they are ...
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Help with tomato pest problem

first of all, thanks for taking time looking into my problem, it is greatly appreciated. I need help identifying and combating a new pest on my tomato plants. I'm growing in a big city (Buenos Aires,...
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What is growing on my pots and soil?

I used to have these plants growing in my dorm room. I needed to add some more herbs to my collection, so I dug up most of the previous plants, took the soil from the pots, and mixed it with home ...
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Name that bug: Mites on an indoor hibiscus plant

A while back a store bought sunflower was absolutely covered in little green larva looking things. I left it outside but they appear to have migrated to my hibiscus. I've been spraying it with a water ...
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Ants and white fluff on my citrus tree leaves

I've noticed this weird thing on the underside of some of my citrus tree's leaves. It looks like a number of ants stuck in a bunch of white fluff. This is only on some of the leaves, and it's mostly ...
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What is eating the leaves of my rubber plant?

They were fine few days ago, now these almost transparent patches exist on the leaves. I inspected the leaves, and there is no bug I can see. But they look like they got chewed by some small insect. ...
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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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What is this skinny black caterpillar with brown on the head and tail and a stripe on the back?

I found this caterpillar and several of its buddies on my hummingbird tree this morning. It's skinny and mostly black, but it has interesting brown areas on the face and tail. There's also a stripe ...
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Areca Palm pest identification

An areca palm I own has an insect infestation that I've had trouble identifying. I've been unable to locate any non-egg mature examples, only the eggs that tend to be in nooks around the plant, ...
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Indoor durian started do dry out

I will really appreciate any help. I grow a durian tree in my livingroom and so far it's been doing great. Since september, it started sheding leaves one by one (only one at a time always goes kind of ...
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Is loose-leaf cabbage just as prone to cabbage worms as headed cabbage?

Is loose-leaf cabbage generally just as prone to cabbage worms as headed cabbage? We've had trouble with cabbage worms on regular green cabbage that forms heads (the worms seem to hide inside the ...
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What kind of pest is this and how do I deal with it

My potted cayenne peppers have had problems with pests for about a year and a half. Does any one recognize it and know how to deal with it? The plants have been standing on a glazed balcony during ...
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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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Slugs and snails eating lettuce?

I have been trying to grow lettuce and I am having some problems with what I think are slugs and snails, Something appears to be eating my lettuce and it is not growing much. I was wondering if anyone ...
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Red insects/eggs on chilli pepper leaves

I've been finding these red things on the upper sides of one of my Carolina Reaper plants' leaves. No more than several at a time. At first I thought them to be red spider mites but there's no sign ...
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Spider Identification and Control

We recently moved to a new house in Western Washington State and I've been finding some rather large spiders in and around the home and garden areas. The home has been vacant for over a year. I ...
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What are the black creatures on my pumpkin leaves?

My Giant Atlantic pumpkins are now 12 weeks old and I've noticed grey/black things on the underside of some of the leaves. I thought this was a growth of some sort but when touched, they move and seem ...
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What is the larva in these nectarines?

My family's nectarine tree has been infested with these small larvae, so far I've only seen one per fruit across several dozen fruits, that seem to bore their way from the surface towards the pit and ...
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What pest is this and how do I treat it?

This pest appeared on the squash plants yesterday. What is it? How do I treat it? Zone 6 near Boston, Massachusetts.
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What's attacking our lemons?

Our lemons have just started to ripen, but something has started attacking them and eating through the skin. Can anyone identify what is likely doing this and what we can do to protect the other ...
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What are these patches of fluffy white growth on this young apple tree?

Out of three young apple trees, one in particular has been suffering with pest problems, mainly aphids. I check it almost daily, and probably once a week on average I find aphids swarming a terminal ...
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What are these tiny white bugs on my houseplants and succulents?

I got a pot of mixed plants and succulents at a yard sale about a week ago for a buck! The lady was selling the pot because she said the plants were a lost cause. In order to keep the succulents alive ...
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What is this small white pest on the leaves of my office plant called?

I'm an office worker in IT and have just enough knowledge of flora to know that these office plants are probably not healthy, but I have no clue what this is or what should be done with it. I would ...
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Does my hemlock tree have wooly adelgid?

A few months ago, in March, I learned about the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid, and the damage it's doing to trees in my geographical region, which are primarily Eastern Hemlock, Tsuga canadensis. They're also ...
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Bite marks on tomato leaves

Can anyone help me identify some bite marks please? I'm attaching pictures. I've seen some ants around, I'm planning to get rid of them. These marks however seem to have some "saliva" left-over, ...
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Apple Tree Leaf Growth/Disease? Cedar-Apple Rust?

Can anyone help me identify what is wrong with this apple tree and how to cure it. Most of the leaves have these. Yellow/orange spots on top and growths on the bottom of the leaves under those spots. ...
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How can sunflowers be grown in a squirrel and chipmunk rich environment?

I'm trying to grow sunflowers from seed and have been unsuccessful due to chipmunks and/or squirrels eating all of the seeds. So far I've tried the following: Spread a lot of seeds and maintain an ...
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Really virulent mosquitos - dealing with them and their bites

With a lot of tree cover and a nearby river, the one fly in the ointment(!) at our new place is it has a lot of mosquitos and midges. The latter don't seem to be too much of a bother but the mosquitos,...
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What are these sticky droplets and pests on my persimmon trees?

Some of my persimmon leaves have tiny sticky droplets at the back of some of their leaves. It is late spring here in Japan and leaves are green. Droplets show up on small leaves with pinkish colors ...
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Small white grains on underside of spinach?

What are these white grains on my spinach leaf? What are they? Is it safe to it? Not the big white thing (that's a hemp heart). I mean the little white grains lining the leafs veins... Curious ...
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How can I get rid of cats destroying my landscaping in a natural way? [duplicate]

My neighbor's cats love to use my yard, garden, and flower beds as their person toilets. What can I use that is natural, and non-lethal to deter them from using my areas as a litter box. Whatever I ...
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What's eating the tomato leaves?

We have avocado trees which sometimes attract rats. There are also rabbits in the realm. Before we got a dog in our backyard, rabbits used to be seen coming out from under our shed. Are there any ...
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Do surroundings affect vegetable garden pests

I have a vegetable garden that is close to a fence which has a random creeper growing over it and two large bushes. I can't make major modifications to the existing garden due to being a renter, ...
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Getting Rid of Pill Bugs and Earwigs, Kindly

I've planted a lot of seeds this year, (marigold, green beans, cornflower, poppy, sunflower, etc.) I started with 50+ green beans plants and now have 2 left, countless marigolds and now have 4 plants, ...
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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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Capsicum ( Peppers ) leaves have holes, turned yellow, curled no bugs visible

Capsicum ( Melbourne, Australia ), outdoor on balcony in a pot, started to have holes on leaves, turned yellow, curled, but no bugs visible. Has proper drainage, watered around every 2-3 days (may ...
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Sweet Basil-Pest Infestation

I know my sweet basil plants are infested with white creepy crawlies. Are these whiteflies? (Click on the photo to zoom in) Where do these creepy crawlies come from? I am growing the basil on the ...
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Red Cordyline (Ti Plant) Curling Leaves, Spotted & browing- issue?

I bought a Red Cordyline (Ti Plant) from the store - it was indoors. I have since placed it outdoors. I live in southern CA in hardiness zone 10a. I am not sure what's happening with the plant - I ...
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What's eating this Amaryllis?

This is in a garden in a 6b zone. The garden is shaded a big part of the day. I don't live nearby, so I can't watch what's happening there.
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Help identifying pest

I have Basil and mint plants with leaves filled with white dots (see images), and now I've even noticed the same thing on a red currant bush. But I have no idea what's causing it. I can not see any ...
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How to get rid of ducks [duplicate]

I need about 25 ducks gone. They're destroying my landscaping. What and how can I get rid of them?

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