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What Pest is That on My Rosemary?

It's not as massive as it might seem on this picture. The insect is about 1 to 2 mm in length. The web is very fine, you don't see it if you're standing a meter away and only the upper shoots are ...
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Tomato plant-Yellowing of older leaves with necrosis of green leaves- flowers falling off without fruiting

The Internet has led me to suspect this is a nutrient issue but I can't figure out which nutrient or if that's true. This is a cherry tomato plant. It gets moderate sun- direct sun for about 3 hours ...
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Unknown pest identification - eggs? On a grape vine, UK

Something has laid eggs (I think?) on my grape vine. They are all over the main branches of this vine, which is decades old. Don't recall seeing them before. They are maybe 4mm long. Excuse the rain!...
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What is this growing on my arborvite

What is this growing on my arborvitae? Is it good or bad? My trees have lots of them.
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How do I kill the bugs that are inside of a white cocoon in my apple tree?

I have a white cocoon type nest in a small apple tree in my backyard. I can see small bugs inside and I want to kill them before they hatch.
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GREEN POWDER FALLING FROM HYDROPONIC HERBS

What's happening to my herbs? I keep them in the garage with the growing lights and they were doing great until a few weeks ago when I started noticing the green powder all over the lids and the ...
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Garden & Greenhouse pest! Mice? Vole? Rabbit?

The last 3 years something has eaten everything young in my garden, other than potatoes, onions, and chives. They just mow off the leaves, and sometimes the stems to the ground. They also dig the corn ...
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What sort of insects are these?

I threw some infected tomato, and potatoe plants into a bath, and hope to drown all the pests including psyllids. But then these slimy things appeared in the liquid. Their body is the same size as ...
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What is eating my kale leaves

Something has been nipping away at my kale leaves. These are growing in a raised bed and I don't see any snails around. I have also covered up the bed with a net to keep away squirrels to the extent I ...
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What is a small white grub-like larva destroying my huchera? [closed]

Trying to identify small white larvae that is killing plants like huchera. It is about 1/4" long with legs on its front half. Hates light. Very mushy. When squeezed it has no color.
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How many trees are needed to attract birds as significant pests?

If I grew a bunch of large fruit trees of a sort very, very desirable to birds (robins, mockingbirds, etc.), out in the middle of nowhere where few birds had previously dared to roam (no trees besides ...
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Is this pile of dirt in my grass a sign of a pest?

There is a strange-looking pile of dirt in my lawn that I'd never noticed before, so I'm wondering if it's a sign of a pest, say a mole or some kind of burrowing insect: The patch of dirt is about 4 ...
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Worm/Caterpillar identification and control. white webs

I found these buggers growing on a peach tree in my yard. This is located near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. Identification? Are they harmful? If harmful, effective control measure.
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Will growing Garlic in a garden keep insects away?

I was reading about how Garlic keeps insects away, and was wondering if just growing garlic in the garden will keep insects like Mosquitoes away.
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How should I prepare garlic bulbs prior to planting?

To add to the recent garlic posts, I thought I'd make my own. I noticed that some store bought garlic was starting to sprout in the fridge, and so took some out to see if they might be viable for ...
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How helpful are whirligig mites?

I've noticed these guys in the garden for years but never bothered to find out what they are. They are bright red, move with great speed, have a single body, and 8 legs. Seems it's actually a ...
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Treating Azaleas without harming Bees

I'm trying to treat my azaleas for lace bugs without harming my honeybees. I'm especially concerned since it's not just wild bees. I've started a hive. I've been looking into it and my local AG ...
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Best way to deter pests (gophers, squirrels, rabbits) from my fruit and vegetable area [duplicate]

I have planted fruits trees and vegetables (raised beds) in my side yard. Every summer i have visitors (not sure which ones) in the form of gophers, squirrels, rabbits (maybe), mice (maybe) that eat ...
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Mice eating sown grass seed

I've been having trouble re-planting a bare patch of lawn at the back of my small garden. I was wondering if birds had been raiding the seeds (and I have bought some plastic netting ready for next ...
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Gophers and rabbits

My entire yard has been destroyed by gophers and rabbits. The rabbits and gophers ate all my grass and ground cover that bloomed beautiful pink flowers. I want to replant, but need to get rid of these ...
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Is this the tomato potato psyllid?

I noticed these sugary white granules on my tomato leaves a couple of months ago, and saw some insects which I thought were aphids but didn't look closely. Now it looks as though my potatoes are ...
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Disease / pest identification

What could have caused the damage in some of the leafs of this pothos? Fungus? Drought? Pest? Factors: It appeared suddenly, at the end of winter time, beginning of spring It is an indoor plant, ...
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How do I identify and control spider mites

I am looking for an extensive answer with references that: lists many of the plants that can be attacked by spider mites the conditions that encourage them brief information about their lifecycle how ...
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What's the best way to deal with scale insects on Pieris Japonica?

I have a heavy infestation of bark scale on 4 mature rhododendrons and 3 pieris japonica. I applied dormant oil to the rhododendrons yesterday and would like to do the same to the pieris. However, ...
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Should I let brown snails in the garden?

I have a small garden and it is full of cactus, wild aloe vera and beautiful pink roses. I buy vegetables from a organic farmer and some of them have brown garden snails. Instead of throwing them ...
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Do white butterfly decoys work against Pieris rapae?

I've seen various articles/posts to say that decoy artificial white butterflies, such as the one I just made, are effective in preventing attack of brassicas by the white butterfly Pieris rapae. The ...
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How many times do Fungus Gnats lay eggs?

If they lay eggs only once, this fact could help in eradicating them. If one has an extra pot of soil without a plant in it and waters this one day before watering the plants, then this pot may be ...
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What is this bug on my adenium plant and what should I do?

I have a dozen adenium plants and on a few of them these mysterious bugs appeared this morning. It's winter season here, the current temperature is ranging between 7°C to 20°C (45°F to 65°F). What ...
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What is purplish thing that looks like eggs or pests on my Magnolia champaca?

I have a Magnolia champaca plant, also known as 'Son champa' in India. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnolia_champaca Recently a few of its leaves contained some very tiny (about 0.5-1 mm in ...
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Methods for saving amaryllis bulb infected with narcissus bulb fly

One of my amaryllis bulbs is infected with the narcissus bulb fly : ( It was planted and it started seeing white mould forming around the bulb. I took the bulb out and sure enough it was starting to ...
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What are these insects on my Arabian Jasmine plant & how can I eradicate them?

I have found these white moths (very small, winged, can fly) below the leaves of my Arabian jasmine plant, and the plant has stopped flowering and is in a poor state. There are surprisingly some white ...
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How to remove woodchucks and rabbits from under my shed?

There are woodchucks and/or rabbits living under my shed. How can I make them find a new home? I'm in Massachusetts where it is illegal to trap them or to catch & relocate them. I've tried used ...
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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 this pest attacking a fig tree?

I have a fig tree that is covered in these strange pests. They appear to be live organisms, but they don't move. What could these be and how can I deal with them?
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Solution for rose slugs?

Landscaping our yard, I went a bit nuts for roses and got a lot of them before I realized how tough they are! Tough to keep happy I mean. My main problem has been rose slugs -- little caterpillars ...
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Which spiders should I allow in my garden?

I know most spiders are harmless and beneficial, but which spiders do I want to look out for and get rid of in my garden? (Midwest United States).
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Worms in Hinklehatz peppers

I cut open some hinklehatz peppers from my garden today to dry them out and to my (unfortunate) surprise, I found some worms living happily inside a few of them! I stupidly reacted in a disgusted way ...
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How can I stop an urban fox from using my garden as its toilet?

I live in the UK, in an urban terraced street where all of the back gardens are next to each other with fairly low walls. Recently what I believe to be an urban fox has started using our lawn as its ...
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Why are my tomatoes cracking and what can I do?

(Memphis, TN. Zone 7) First garden. I'm growing tomatoes in two parts of the yard. One gets more sun than the other: the partially-shaded area is producing well, but in the the sun-baked area they're ...
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Small brown scales on my lemon tree [duplicate]

My small lemon tree has been showing these scabs for a while. They are brown, mm sized, and fall off very easily just touching them with a finger or a nail. Examining the soil with a lens I also noted ...
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Is a zucchini that had a maggot under the flower still safe to eat?

My zucchini plant had vine borer. I did surgery on the plant to get rid of it and covered it back with soil. Before I did all of that, I cut off a zucchini that was ready to be picked. I took off ...
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Any plants that work as a racoon repellent? [duplicate]

I saw 4 raccoons in my vegetable garden, doing what they do best with people's gardens. Please let me know if I could plant anything in or around at the borders to my vegetable garden that would ...
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My potting soil is being overrun by soil insects. How do I get rid of them? [duplicate]

I am having a hard time getting rid of insects in my potting soil. My plants are droopy. I have applied a good amount of diatomaceous earth to all of them, even to the roots, but these insects don't ...
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What might be eating my butter bibb lettuce plants?

I live in southwest MN and have started growing some vegetables in containers. We had a big storm, so I put the pots on the ground beside my porch because they always get blown over. Today, I noticed ...
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Is this flea beetle damage on this hollyhock?

Here's a picture of a hollyhock. It's been covered with holes like this all year (and the ones last year were, too, all year). As a side note, I gave it potassium for the yellowing of the leaves, ...
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When do whiteflies typically emerge?

When do whiteflies typically emerge in southwestern Idaho? (How far into the season, I mean.) I don't know if they're gone or if they just haven't hatched, yet. There's no sign of them, yet. They ...
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What are these pests that are eating my pomegranate roots, and how can I control them?

I'm not sure what pest this is, but it is eating the roots of my pomegranate shrub. I saw it once on the top soil, and, when digging into the soil, I unearthed around 15 of these pests. I need to know ...
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Why are my radishes malformed?

The majority of the radishes I harvested were of this form - bent so that part grew parallel to the soil above the ground, with the stalk taking another 90 degree turn to return to vertical. What ...
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What are these shallow markings on my chili leaves?

I had some green aphids, and killed them with an acetamiprid based insecticide. Everything after that seemed fine until recently. Some whiteflies started showing and I treated those with a mixture of ...
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Foamy liquid on plant's stems with green larvae or bug inside - pest or no problem

Every year in May/June I'm observing on different plants, such as strawberries, lavender (pictured below) and different weeds, a foamy liquid containing a green insect or a larvae. At first I thought ...