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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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Why is this years-old vine dying and showing strange beige spots?

My housemate has a hanging plant, we think it's a form of vine, in her room. It's her favourite plant and at least 10 years old. Lately, it's started thinning out massively, leaving dried leaves on ...
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Could a wasp be hurting my apple tree?

First of all, my apple tree is young, just about two feet tall. More importantly my apple tree is on my porch in a pot, and it's been there for at least, say, a month or two. Also, on my porch ceiling ...
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Do subterrannean termites like composted leaves?

I was thinking about composting leaves in my back yard this fall and using the composted leaves as fertilizer around my house in the spring based on other recommendations on this site. I am in ...
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Should I remove the tiny, cute, white and red bugs from my Umbrella plant (Variegated Schefflera)?

I wiped the leaves of this Umbrella plant (Variegated Schefflera) some weeks ago. Now I am seeing all these white and red bugs on the leaves of the plant. I can easily take them off with a stick. ...
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Basil plant leaves have small black spot with a light grey star shape around it. Tiny worm?

My basil plant has developed small black spots with star shaped light grey areas around the spot on the leaves. Also there are tiny black specks on some leaves that look like droppings. Some of the ...
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Mango infested stems - tiny pink larva

I need help recognizing this pest which causes some of the stems on my mango tree to dry and die. Those seem to be worm/maggot like larva, with a pinkish color, about 4mm in length. They are ...
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Caterpillars don't lay eggs so how is this happening?

I noted a very large number of cabbage white (the yellow and black ones) caterpillars on the side of my house recently - the house bounds a field currently growing cauliflower. The caterpillars look ...
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How can I organically get rid of aphids in my aquaponics system?

Hundreds of aphids have decided to take up residency on the various veggies in the aquaponics system I help maintain; gorging insidiously on the plants and multiplying by the dozens. If not stopped ...
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Get rid of pesticide resistant Spider Mites?

I regretfully come posting asking for advice on how to get rid of a very tenacious spider mite infestation in one room of my indoor plants. I have become convinced these pests have become pesticide ...
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What's eating my broccoli and kale, and what can I do to prevent it?

Something has been eating my broccoli and kale plants. I haven't seen anything on it, so I'm not sure what it is. It started eating the leaves and has progressed to eating stems and recently seems to ...
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Information on killing yellow jackets at the end of summer [duplicate]

I've got yellow jackets at my house in the Pacific Northwest. Normally I wouldn't mind terribly much, they can be aggressive but if you don't go near their hives they're fine. And if you need to get ...
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What are these small flying insects? Are they bad for my lawn or trees?

It's the dog days of summer in Central Texas, and for the last few weeks I've noticed a lot of these tiny, winged creatures in my back yard (disregard the cicada shell at top right): They seem to be ...
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Are squash bugs a pepper pest?

So, I grew some zucchini and the squash bugs finally proliferated on it. Today I was in the garden and I saw that there were squash bugs hanging out on my chili pepper plant, which is by the zucchini (...
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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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How do I fight off an aphid invasion on indoor peppers?

I have a row of (mini) sweet pepper plants grown from seed in a planter. The seeds are from peppers from the grocery store. They normally sit on the sill of a SE facing window. So far they have been ...
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Advice for getting rid of Green Fly?

I have been growing my own Chilli's in the kitchen window sill, but this has resulted in a massive greenfly epidemic. I've tried two different brands of bug spray Provado Ultimate Bug Killer and Doff ...
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Too Many Spiders

I have a problem that could be taken care of easily if I wanted to use pesticides that kill spiders. But I don't want to do that in my tiny space. We live in a townhouse apartment with a small 35' x ...
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Will Dawn dishwater and bleach get rid of cutworms without killing my flowers?

Cutworms are killing all of my flowers. I'm trying to get rid of them. I'm thinking about using Dawn dishwater and a small amount of bleach, but will that kill my plants?
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Should I treat every aphid infestation?

Should I treat every infestation as I catch them or is some level of aphids "tolerable" and the presence of aphids in the garden unavoidable? In other words should I only treat the worst cases? I'm ...
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What do my pepper plants have damaged, curling, and yellow areas on the larger leaves?

I planted peppers from seeds a few months ago, and they have been doing great. Recently I noticed some damage to some of the larger leaves, as well as some curling and yellow areas on them. Any advice ...
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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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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 small black winged insects in my lawn?

I noticed two or three small, black insects tonight while sitting in my lawn, which is presumably where they're coming from. It seems to have wings, and I think it has a sharp thing which resembles a ...
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What's this little reddish beetle?

They are plentiful right now, which tends to make me suspicious. I'm noticing them around the Brussels sprouts and zucchini, but they may be congregating elsewhere too.
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Are these spider mites on my indoor eggplant?

Yes, numerous questions on the subject but I have some nice photos. These bugs are running along the webs quite freely so the webs are presumably made by them. They are on my indoor eggplant and I ...
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Has anyone seen this kind of eggs in their kale and strawberry?

I guess these are eggs of some pest which is infecting the kale and strawberry plants in our garden. Has anyone seen something similar to this? If yes, what did you do to get rid of them without any ...
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Keeping rats from eating my plants

I have many plants in my balcony, around 20, and recently my Mom has noticed that rats are eating the plants. They finished Holy Basil in one night! All leaves are gone, even the buds. They are also ...
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My sunchokes are acting like beacons for japanese beetles, should I do anything?

My sunchokes are attracting about twice as many japanese beetles as a sunflower would, should I do anything to control them, or just let them be?
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Does pouring dish detergent down a chipmunk hole get rid of them from my garden?

I read that pouring dish detergent down an animal hole in the garden will cause the animal to leave the area. Does this work and does it kill the plants? I have a problem with chipmunks in a flower ...
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What is this small eucalypt-like landscape tree in California?

I would like to identify this tree, and particularly to confirm or eliminate it as a possible host for Thaumastocoris peregrinus recently sighted nearby. The leaves are glossy and have no eucalyptol ...
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how to protect young tree from leafcutter bee

every season a leaf-cutter bee chews hundreds of holes in my redbud tree's leaves. The tree is only three years old and I worry that it won't thrive. How can I protect it?
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What is this pest attacking an avocado tree?

I have a budding avocado tree* that is infested with these weird spiderweb-like things all over. I can not see an actual animal that is causing this. I've treated it with soap water and alcohol and ...
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An unknown pest or animal is heavily attacking my blueberries, what should I do? [closed]

Something is attacking a lot of the leaves on my new superior blueberry bush, and I have a few fruit flies around it, what should I do to save it before it gets destroyed?
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What illness/pest has this rosemary and what to do with it?

Recently 3 of my rosemary bushes seems to have some (multiple) illness and/or pest. I am an absolute amateur, so I just hopelessly see their day by day worsening condition. I know it is hard to ...