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How can I get rid of fungus on my pepper plants?

There appears to be a long standing insect infestation, possiby whitefly (does anything rise up and fly about when you go near or disturb the plant?) or scale infestation of some sort. The leaves ...
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How can I get rid of fungus on my pepper plants?

Your close up leaf images show an aphid infestation. In my experience, this is a highly persistent insect that infests chili plants amongst others with over 500 different types of Aphids specific to ...
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Can I put aphid infested plants in the compost bin?

You can put them straight on the compost heap - aphids suck sap from the plants,and once the plants start to die back and stop growing, they'll just leave anyway, they won't live on the compost heap.
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How helpful are whirligig mites?

Whirligig mites will eat whatever is small enough for them to catch and pierce with their mouthparts, when they suck out the contents of the body of whatever it is they've caught, usually aphids and ...
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How do I get rid of worm-like trails all over my Senetti plants' leaves?

That is leafminer damage. You can control leafminers by cutting off affected leaves, to improve appearance, and remove existing leafminers before they mature (for minor infestations) Spraying with ...
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What are these insects laying eggs on the underside of this butterfly flower leaf?

They are aphids which are easily controlled with soap and water. Three applications of soap and water at five to seven day intervals should do the job. They are quite variable in colour. I have seen ...
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Can I put aphid infested plants in the compost bin?

It shouldn't be an issue to add aphid-infested plant matter to your compost. If your heap gets up to the right temperature, they'll burn to death anyways. If they lay eggs, those eggs will probably be ...
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Can I use ladybug larvae to get rid of aphids?

The Planet Natural's website has good information about the problem. here is some information they have on the subject. The common ladybug or lady beetle — every school kid’s favorite insect — ...
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Should I treat every aphid infestation?

Giles. Not really...there is no black and white but better a light gray. Sooner one treats aphids the better. Hard spray of water, NEEM sprayed at night as soon as you see crowds of aphids on your ...
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What are these insects laying eggs on the underside of this butterfly flower leaf?

Those are milkweed aphids, Aphis nerii. As kevinsky notes, these can be controlled with soap and water. Below I magnified your image to better view detail, and took a comparison photo from online: ...
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How can I get rid of fungus on my pepper plants?

My method: take all peppers and flowers. Then put in the soil some "Actara". This should be enough to save the plant, and not to poison yourself. Usually I take some pepper and I plant it again: they ...
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What should I do about ants and aphids in my mint?

Some ant here and there might eat a dead aphid or two, but they seem to actually have a symbiotic relationship, more or less, with the ants using the aphids for sugar, which they actually make, ...
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Best method of using lady bugs to prevent aphids

Ladybugs like to eat two things - some insects and pollen, so if you can plant around and about with plants that they'll like, that should help to not only attract them, but keep them around, so long ...
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Baby apple tree under attack by...aphids? What to do?

I will recommend some organic methods since I am not too familiar with chemicals you can spray on the apple tree. Depending on the amount of tree that is infected, you can try one ore more of the ...
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What disease does my Spinach have?

I'm not 100% sure because the black parts are blurry, but your "mold" looks suspiciously like aphids. I think I can see at least one specimen that's clear enough to see the legs (in the 2nd picture). ...
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Aphids in my Fuchsia

Aphids are always with us - they're flying insects and can affect indoor plants (especially in summer) as well as outdoor ones. Using a soapy water spray may well kill any which are currently present, ...
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How do I get rid of aphids on kale?

First and foremost, do confirm they are aphids. Pictures would help us confirm. Once you have been attacked by aphids, you are probably going to see them again. The real long term solution is to ...
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How can I organically get rid of aphids in my aquaponics system?

Unfortunately the products that can control aphids are either not organic or they are organic, but also toxic to fish (ex. pyrethrins). It seems like you've got three options: Manual control - you ...
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Can I put aphid infested plants in the compost bin?

When I have an aphid infestation outpacing my ladybugs, I use my homemade pesticide spray of Dawn, water, and baking soda. (1 gallon water, 2 teaspoons Dawn, 4 teaspoons baking soda) Good for insects ...
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Best method of using lady bugs to prevent aphids

Don't want to disuade you from trying but when a problematic bug explodes in number, they will never be quickly eradicated with a predator bug. Better to attend to conditions that caused the aphid ...
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Baby apple tree under attack by...aphids? What to do?

Totally aphids, probably being cultivated, feed and protected by ants. I think that is so amazing. Anyhoo, the Neem should work and please spray at night. Not during the day, no matter what the ...
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Need help determining houseplant's problem

You've got a scale insect infestation rather than aphids; this question and its answer is relevant Indoor plant is looking sickly although it's in regard to a different plant. It would be good to ...
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What are these tiny white spider-like bugs in my soil and on plants?

Long post..apologies in advance Question #1: Are they moving? Specifically, are they jumping? {{shivers down spine}} Jumping = Springtails (below) No Movement = could be the caste exosteleton of ...
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Will rubbing alcohol make my basil inedible?

Isopropyl alcohol acts as a desiccant and melts the wax that is some insects bodies. It also evaporates so very little remains. It is not absorbed by the plant and washing with water after you ...
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Can Nicotiana alata be used as an aphid "honeypot"?

First of all, my experience with Nicotiana alata only involves trapping Trialeurodes vaporariorum because my other plants didn't get aphids or mites (yet). In spring I have received four 6-inch (15 ...
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Advice for getting rid of Green Fly?

You've said you used Provado Ultimate Bugkiller and Doff All in one, three weeks in a row. Provado Ultimate Bugkiller should only be repeated every 10 days, and is both systemic and contact in action. ...
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What are these insects laying eggs on the underside of this butterfly flower leaf?

These look like some kind of aphids to me. It wouldn't hurt to check other nearby plants for these, especially if there are also ants (sometimes ants protect and 'farm' them).
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Why would my goji berry plant in California get sick and full of aphids?

I wouldn't bother with insecticides for aphids, although they could get rid of them, probably. I recommend getting a shower nozzle for your hose and showering the foliage every two or three days. ...
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Pomegranate aphids or something else

I would do a Neem dunk. Paper plate sliced to the middle to go around the base of the plant and stop the soil from falling out...turn upside down and swish in the Neem mixture. Turn right side up ...
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