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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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What are these seeds?

Ok so today I was loosening up dirt with my pickaxe when I noticed tons of little orange, what looked to be; seedlings of some sort. They are orange and small and are in clumps together and I have a ...
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Does a sprinkler system by a house attract termites?

Does a sprinkler system by the foundation of a house attract subterranean termites up into the house? I heard subterranean termites (at least in the desert) come out of the ground at night to seek ...
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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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Holes in leaves and black specks on lower leaves

I tried adding pictures but it isn't working. I have young zinnia plants that I started from seed about two months ago. They're just barely coming up on the point where they'll flower but suddenly I ...
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What's this bug drilling into my raspberry canes, and how upset should I be?

When I went out to water my raspberries this afternoon, I saw the back end of a little bug disappearing into a hole at the top of one of the canes. Here are the holes: And here's the bug: It's about ...
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Can you put plants in the ground in their original containers to protect from voles?

We have a bit of a vole issue and I bought a wire mesh for my bulbs but I plant over a hundred annuals each year so that's a bit labor intensive to do for everything.
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What is this powder-like substance on the leaves of my kiwi tree?

I have a white powder-like substance on my kiwi tree. It always appears overnight and some leaves look like they were burned. I have washed the leaves several times, but it always comes back. What ...
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Could termites cause a hole with dirt in the middle of a cut tree?

I recently cut down a tree in my back yard, and after looking at the stump I noticed a column of dirt in the middle. This didn't look or feel like rotted wood, but actually kind of muddy. In the ...
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What are these egg looking things on my rosemary?

I don't think this should be part of my other question, but if it should be, let me know. This is the same rosemary plant that I mentioned in my other question, and as I noted, it was improving. ...
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Killing ants without killing the grass

The front lawn of the house we rent is infested with ants. Can I use laundry detergent (liquid) to kill them without damaging the grass? I know dishwashing liquid will kill the grass, but will laundry ...
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Basil: Are these aphids, whiteflies or something else?

I have been seeing these tiny greenish-yellowish nodes on the stem of my basil plants. They don't appear on leaves just the stems. I can peel off the nodes and crush it. Does the photo below show an ...
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How long will leafhoppers stay after grapes are removed?

We have grapes that have sadly been overwhelmed with leafhoppers, which totally decimate the appearance of the leaves, to the point of white chlorosis. Control methods have proven only temporarily ...
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What is this dark leafy vegetable plant? What's causing holes in the leaves, and how can I help it?

I got a variety of seeds from a friend. Most were swiss chard and butter lettuce but this one is different. Also it's the only one that's getting riddled with little holes. What's eating it? What ...
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Can Nicotiana alata be used as an aphid “honeypot”?

I have a problem with aphids. Some of my plants are too weakened to be sprayed with a high-velocity hose to knock them off, and I really don't have the time to keep spraying with various insecticides,...
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How can I get rid of fungus on my pepper plants?

I have multiple Pepper Plants (Buhut Jolokia) and some of them had a little too much water. Now there has grown a white mold on the dirt around the stem and I beleve that the plant is suffering from ...
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Pest on my chili plants

I have a pest on my chili plants. It manifests as white powdery substance with black spots. I am not sure What this is And How to treat It. I assumed It was a fungus, but now I also saw some small ...
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Is this caterpillar-like insect a good guy or a bad guy?

I found this guy that came out of a drainage hole of the pot when I watered it. Small, fast moving. I took the pic by mobile. It is small so had trouble focusing on it, and it was moving fast, too. ...
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Can someone tell which pest droppings looks like this?

I found these droppings near a flower pot in the front of our house. Has anyone seen anything like this? Btw, I live in the pacific NW area. Adding some more pictures as per request in comments and ...
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Can Spinetoram be used to control cherry tree slugs without harming nearby bees and fruit?

I'm looking to control cherry tree slug in an orchard and have found a Spinetoram based product to be effective. In terms of toxicity, there's limited information out there. In particular, I'm ...
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Pests from fertilizer?

Since three years I am growing chili's inside my apartment. And every year I have huge problems with fungus gnats (Hope thats the right translation). I replace everything at the start of a season: -> ...

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