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Will growing Garlic in a garden keep insects away?

As far as I can tell, there is very little empirical data on garlic and mosquitoes. And all of the studies I have seen show mixed results for ingesting garlic or using garlic as a mosquito repellent. ...
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What is this caterpillar?

Hippotion celerio (Linnaeus, 1758) Gabi Moth, Vine Hawk Moth You must have disturbed it as it has tucked its head under its thorax and expanded its eye segments. It's agriculturally important as the ...
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How effective are praying mantis in keeping a garden clear of pests?

Mantids are not spectacular for pest control because they're very indiscriminate in choosing their prey. They readily attack other beneficial insects as well as harmful or pest insects. I always get ...
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Rollie pollies - are they harmful to vegetables?

The wood at the bottom of the bed looks pretty dark in comparison to the rest of the side. It's most likely that the woodlice are feeding off a decaying box, rather than anything in the bed. They'll ...
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What are these black bugs on my zucchini plant?

I'm going to guess fungus gnats because I always think tiny black bodied winged bugs are fungus gnats but in this case I think I'm right. :) It looks like you have the plants in containers. Is that ...
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How to treat diseases and bugs on peach tree?

Peach trees are deciduous and lose their leaves in the winter, so don't worry about that. The leaves can turn gold/brown before they drop. Some munched leaves on a healthy tree are not a problem. ...
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Is if safe to use this insecticide (d-Allethrin, Permethrin, Piperonyl butoxide) on my edible herbs?

It's extremely helpful that you included the actual ingredient list in your question, rather than a brandname - thank you! So you know, I grow anything that I eat organically and this question is one ...
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What is eating my strawberries?

They're also called Box Elder Bugs. Here's a fact sheet from the University of Minnesota which also shows them as feeding on plants and fruits in years with particularly large populations. Large ...
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Unidentified indoor insects in my Click & Grow garden

These are aphids, soft bodied insects that suck plant fluids and spread plant diseases. Control is easily done with soap and water and persistence. Create a solution of 5 ml dish soap to 1 liter of ...
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What is this bug with a hundred feet that I found in my garden?

Looks to be some kind of centipede, but I couldn't venture a guess at the species.
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What is this bug and how do I keep it from eating my plants' leaves?

That is a katydid, which is any insect in the family Tettigoniidae. Yours is from the sub-family Phaneropterinae. It's a California Anglewing, Microcentrum californicum. It's probably not causing ...
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Killing off Emerald ash borer (EAB)

I found this document on the subject http://www.emeraldashborer.info/documents/Multistate_EAB_Insecticide_Fact_Sheet.pdf On the site http://www.emeraldashborer.info/ It seems to be a treasure trove of ...
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How should I deal with these ill pepper plants?

To be frank, I'd bin them without a second's hesitation, and would have done so a while back, and that's what I recommend to you. They're serving no useful purpose other than as a source of infection ...
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White stripy things on trunk are killing my plant

Edit: After a tip from Bamboo and a close up picture this looks like a scale insect. Most likely this is oyster shell scale Control can be done in a number of ways which I list below: take a soft ...
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Night-blooming Jasmine (cestrum nocturnum) leaves are being eatin by something!

Looks remarkably like caterpillar damage - check the plant all over for signs of them, or leaf hoppers, and take a torch out at night and check then. Also inspect the backs of the leaves for signs of ...
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Identify striped bug on plants: safe or suspect?

It is Rosemary beetle, certainly. How much of a pest it is depends on how many there are; if there are a lot, they can reduce a lavender or rosemary plant to virtually woody stumps by eating it all, ...
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Help identifying a bug that's attacking my Mimosa pudica

This insect looks like a blind springtail, which is an insect that feeds on fungi. Google "soil biology primer" download this great manual on soil biology. Look on page 26. Here's another ...
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Mint plant with white spots and black dots. Possible insect culprit

You've posted a very good image from which it's easy to see this is a Ligurian Leafhopper. The black dots are likely frass (the insect's poo) and they feed by sucking the sap from the leaves and stems ...
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Are these pests or ladybird larvae?

Yes, they seem to be from a ladybird. Which one I cannot see (there are many species), see here for example for a few that are common in the UK. The ladybird larvae feed on aphids, so I think that's ...
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What is eating my strawberries?

According to Wikipedia, these bugs don't normally feed on berries, but it does happen (emphasis mine): Although they specialize on the seeds from maple, boxelder and ash, they may pierce other parts ...
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Bugs on a tree, what should I do?

Not being from the UK, I'd say: Aphids. Because they hatch out and go to feed. They certainly don't help it, as they are sucking sap from it. Insecticidal soap solution (which can be washing-up ...
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How to handle insects in standing water

A light vegetable oil. A miniscule amount can float on the water surface and totally gum up larval mosquito breathing. Put enough drops in to produce an oil sheen on the water surface. BTI Mosquito ...
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Snake eating tomato plant leafs?

Those are just leafminers. Anyway, I'm not sure about on seedlings with few leaves (that might actually be a problem), but they're generally not a big threat to plants, they say. I would recommend ...
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Will growing Garlic in a garden keep insects away?

From my research, sort of. The garlic plant itself does not keep bugs away but when you make a paste or spray garlic water onto the plants that acts a lot like the pesticide that can be used. It helps ...
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What's hatched on my rose?

I agree they do look like spider mites - however, you are in the UK, and red spider mite is only an issue on indoor plants here, never outdoors. I suggest you relocate your rose to the outdoors, and ...
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How to protect apple pears from getting lot of bugs?

There is a good chance you have Codling Moth infestation. There are pesticides that can help but you can also likely fight back without chemicals by removing much of the fruit early in the year so ...
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What is the white residue spreading across my dracaena and how do I treat it?

I think the white things are insects (scales), they suck sap from the plant which is of course harmful for the plant. You see that yellow spots exists where they were sucking. You can try to wipe them ...
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Identify these little bugs on my cherry tree (and others)

That pest appears to be Black Cherry Aphid,and it will be very active and highly visible at this time of year. I didn't realise it could be a problem in Europe- this link has a great picture http://...
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Tomato Plant Bugs

I don't think these are spider mites, they are aphids, adult and young ones, they just happen to be reddish brown. Aphids can be black, white, red, brown, or green, but the solution is similar. You ...
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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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