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Should I remove the tiny, cute, white and red bugs from my Umbrella plant (Variegated Schefflera)?

Your Pokemons are waxy scale, or coccidae. Your description in the comments above is spot on: another name is "tortoise scale". The Florida wax scale (Ceroplastes floridensis) looks quite similar, ...
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Dying tree with many holes

this looks like ant damage to me; whatever did the damage, there must be some sign of them... I dont know what kind of tree it is, but it isn't a cherry... I think this tree is pretty much dead, if ...
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Black beetle identification, crawling on potato plant

Those look like Blister Beetles: http://ipm.ncsu.edu/AG295/pics/fig171.gif They will chew up the leaves, and not just on your potatoes. They are toxic, so just be careful when treating them! More ...
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What's eating my broccoli and kale, and what can I do to prevent it?

Skunks, perhaps but rabbits almost certainly. Have you seen any track? Deer are very obvious as well as any animal's track. This looks like rabbit to me, since I've been feeding rabbits and having ...
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Tips to help an ash tree, trying to grow from the roots of an EAB victim

In addition to the answer already given, the appearance of shelf or bracket fungus on the stump means it's dying, or doomed to die, anyway. The fungal mycelium will have invaded the heartwood of the ...
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Tips to help an ash tree, trying to grow from the roots of an EAB victim

I agree with the answers from our fellow gardeners Bamboo and Stormy. Grub out the stump now and don't encourage another EAB visit to your neighbourhood. The remnants of the tree will grow until the ...
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Are the white sections on my bean plant's leaves caused by white flies?

No, they're not the same problem by the sound of it, though it could be. What you seem to be describing on your beans are leafminers, which are the larvae from eggs laid inside the leaf by a female ...
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Damaged blueberry plants

Since poorly maintained blueberry bushes can be pruned right to the ground, it's likely your plants will survive their animal pruning. You will need to tidy them up though, and protect them from ...
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What is this white crust forming on my cactus during the growing months?

What you're seeing there is quite normal callous formation - it's a bit like a scab when you've cut yourself. The cause of the corky callous layers is damage - either from insects, or sudden chilling, ...
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Tips to help an ash tree, trying to grow from the roots of an EAB victim

Here's the bad news; one NEVER plants the same genus/species in the same place where a disease or insect killed the former inhabitants. EAB Because of the spread of EAB it is actually ...
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What is this dark leafy vegetable plant? What's causing holes in the leaves, and how can I help it?

It is a Swiss chard. Just it had too much stress (cold?) so too many gems are awakes quickly, and they started to produce leaves. I would possibly expect also that the chard will start the second-...
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What is this dark leafy vegetable plant? What's causing holes in the leaves, and how can I help it?

This is not swiss chard. This is Tatsoi https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tatsoi The chard seed looks completely different than the brassica family seed of tatsoi. Tatsoi seed would look identical to ...
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Dying tree with many holes

There is nothing you can do to save the tree at this point: It has been girdled by a sapsucker, which means that the roots are effectively dead. Knowing that the damage was caused by a bird of that ...
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What harm can moles do to my garden?

They are not a source of anything other than a bit of a nuisance - their tunnels might mean they've destroyed some roots of plants as they make them, but they don't eat plant material. Molehills in ...
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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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House sparrows ruining my plants. How do i kill them?

You can reduce sparrow numbers by changing what you're feeding the birds. House sparrows tend to like small seeds like corn, oats, wheat, and other types of grain seeds. According to this site, ...
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What is eating my kale leaves

That looks like caterpillar damage to me. You can sometimes spot and remove the caterpillars at night, or else a spray with Bt (Safer brand "caterpillar spray") is a safe and organic way to kill them....
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What illness/pest has this rosemary and what to do with it?

Check the plants carefully, examining them closely to make sure there is no evidence of spider mite (webbing, tiny red or brownish insects). Assuming there isn't anything to find, you've said the ...
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What's eating my broccoli and kale, and what can I do to prevent it?

Ouch! It hurts to see such damage to your garden. I have very similar symptoms except not to the same extent. In my case (in california) I suspect either squirrels or voles/mice. Have not figured ...
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Why is this boxwood suffering? Is it box blight or an insect-infection?

If there's webbing amongst the leaves, my money's on box tree caterpillar, although its odd you've not actually noticed the caterpillars themselves yet. Of all the problems Box gets (and its an ever ...
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Why is this boxwood suffering? Is it box blight or an insect-infection?

After Bamboo's answer I checked again and collected around 20 caterpillars just on one plant (50x50cm) and I'm sure I missed some of them. I checked again for the alert I received from a fellow ...
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Little Pests with White cotton around them

They are Mealybugs (Pseudococcidae) and you want to do something about them because they bring other problems like mold with them. Wash the plant down with insect soap which you can get at a hardware ...
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Dying tree with many holes

Yellow belly sapsucker, it likely happened in early spring; they make the holes then come back later to eat any bugs. Unlikely that it caused the tree to die. The tree looks pretty far gone , now ...
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What animals dig surface trench in lawns?

Each spring when the snow recedes, the meadows where we live (Black Forest, Germany) show a true maze of carved-out pathways just like in your pictures. They are caused by mice that rather burrow at ...
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Are these ants hurting my bush?

No, the ants are not hurting the peony buds or plant in any way. See this answer to a similar question for an explanation.
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Are squash bugs a pepper pest?

There are no cases I can find that squash bugs feed on anything in the Nightshade family (such as a pepper). It's unusual for groups of them to congregate on any plant other than a food host, so I don'...
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What's eating my broccoli and kale, and what can I do to prevent it?

I just stumbled upon this page and too was curious what is eating your plants. Same thing happened to me two years ago, all of my broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower was being eaten right ...
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What's eating my broccoli and kale, and what can I do to prevent it?

Squirrels would be my guess, also. If we hadn't seen squirrels rooting around in our radish plot, I would never believe they would go for strong tasting vegies. They made short work of them. Our ...
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Translucent spots on leaves

I would ignore the spots. I find them regularly, but they don't expand, and it seem not to damage the plants or reduce harvest. Just check them regularly, and if they take only a small fraction of ...
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