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Is this caterpillar-like insect a good guy or a bad guy?

It seems to be a garden centipede - they don't damage plants, they predate other creatures rather than plants. They like to hide in damp places during the day, they need moisture to survive, so ...
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Are these bright orange bugs with beady black eyes ladybugs?

Looks like a red pumpkin beetle Aulacophora foveicollis
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What can you use in your soil to kill bugs before planting vegetables?

You never, ever, want to kill your soil. This is basic Soil Management 101. If you want to keep your growing medium arthropod- and annelid-free, then build planters or raised beds that do not have ...
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Keeping rats from eating my plants

I'd be very surprised if its actually rats eating your plants - rats will eat almost anything, but plants would be the last thing on the list, unless its a fruiting vegetable plant such as corn. You ...
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What can you use in your soil to kill bugs before planting vegetables?

With some exceptions (cicadas - but these live off plants already in the soil) you likely don't want to get rid of bugs or insects in the soil before planting. When you study horticulture one of the ...
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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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Caterpillars don't lay eggs so how is this happening?

A photo would be great, but maybe some of the caterpillars have fallen prey to a parasitic wasp and what you're seeing are the wasp larvae, see image below https://www.wired.com/2014/10/absurd-...
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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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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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Basil: Are these aphids, whiteflies or something else?

It's nice to see a post about potential infestation and being able to calm the poster: These are adventitious root stubs, or in other words, tiny roots starting to form. There are a number of reasons ...
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Request for identification of insects on Brussels sprouts

Those „eggs” are not eggs, but cabbage aphids at different stages of maturity. They feed exclusively on brassicaceae, so other non-brassica plants nearby remain safe. In dry summers they can cause ...
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Mice eating sown grass seed

That is not so small an area. Four square meters ~= 43 Square feet I would just sod this and have the job finished in a few hours. A typical sod roll measures 24" x 81" or 2 ft x 6.75 ft. Each roll ...
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Treating Azaleas without harming Bees

Well, I wouldn't be using any of those, particularly not imidaproclid, and I don't keep bees - that substance has been or is about to be withdrawn in the EU for two to five years to see if it impacts ...
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What are these little black bugs on my Chives, Welsh and Spring Onions?

I really can't tell much from the picture. However insects are quite purposeful. If they are on your plants they are not there for a vacation. The most likely candidate are aphids who come in many ...
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Could a wasp be hurting my apple tree?

Disclaimer: we haven't identified the wasps in question Wasps are insectivores. If they are flyng back and forth between or around plants, they are on the hunt or scouting for food. The wasps' ...
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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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What pest is this and how do I treat it?

This is another case of "dog vomit slime mold", or Fuligo septica. It pops up unannounced, often on wood chips (which I see isn't your case here), and spreads a little bit, but in sort of a limited ...
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What is afflicting this sick Bay Laurel (Laurus Nobilis) -- and how do I fix it?

You have a scale infestation. I know I’ll get responses to this blog, that sympathetic gardeners will be recommending me a wide range of products and treatments to control scale insects: rubbing ...
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How to get rid of worms in containers?

If the plants are outdoors some of the year or all of the year, then earthworms are inevitable, and are not undesirable. If these are plants he wants to keep indoors, then I suggest he decants them, ...
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What is this insect with a funny color pattern?

This is a stink bug, possibly Southern Green Stink Bug (Nezara viridula); for reference see Field Guide to Stink Bugs thumbnail Sec1:2 for photo close to this one. Since it is listed in this guide it ...
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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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What sort of insects are these?

You've created a drone fly nursery! These are the rat tailed larvae of drone flies - they love stagnant, contaminated water, specially if its got faeces or manure or rotting organic material in it, ...
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Are these spider mites on my indoor eggplant?

Yes, spider mites, and quite a heavy infestation. Next they start floating to other plants. Get the soap and water out quick or throw the plant out. The key to success with soap is to apply at 5 - ...
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What are these little black bugs on my Chives, Welsh and Spring Onions?

They're onion aphids. They infest my green onions, and garlic. Although visible on the green garlic shoots, they get into the bulb. I've even found them inside garlic imported from overseas. Just ...
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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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Get rid of pesticide resistant Spider Mites?

Predatory mites that eat spider mites might help. You can buy them, but they may be expensive. Make sure to remove any substances left on the plants that might kill the predatory mites. We have a ...
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Why is this years-old vine dying and showing strange beige spots?

The plant is Rhoicissus rhomboidea 'Ellen Danica', common name Mermaid Vine, though its often referred to as grape ivy. At first glance, rust infection springs to mind, but a closer examination ...
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Ants and white fluff on my citrus tree leaves

Looks like a scale infestation - the ants are there to collect the honeydew they produce. You will need to treat the scale, but its not that easy to get rid of them, the cottony covering they produce ...
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How to get rid of worms in containers?

l have to assume these plants are on the out of doors deck or patio. With constant water and shelter from enemies pots are beloved by earthworms. Earthworms are in all ways beneficial to soil and ...
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