Before applying a pesticide spray to control those pests – STOP! Few gardeners realize the close connection between temperatures and the appearance of pests such as:AphidsSpider mitesMealybugsSnails and slugsIt would seem that Mother Nature likes to play the game of the Tortoise and the Hare in the story of when to spray for bugs.
Many homeowners wonder if they should have a weed sprayer like this one for weed control on the lawn, in landscape beds, along fence lines or in driveways and walkways.The answer is YES – it’s a good idea to have an herbicide sprayer dedicated to weed killing ONLY!You may ask Why?Why have something else to store, maintain and spend money on.
When you hear the word, “insects” do you like many gardeners immediately want to run for the bug spray and pest control?Not all bugs are bad. In fact, there are some plants to consider growing to attract those beneficial insects. Yes, a few pests can be a good thing.For example, the Mexican milkweed.
Have you wondered – “How to get rid of stink bugs”? This chestnut colored marmorated stink bugs from Asia that incidentally found their way to North America. They can be a genuine issue for any household, asThey can be a genuine issue for any household, as these intrusive pests like to spend the winter inside your home.
Poison ivy is recognizable by its three-leaved configuration. In the autumn, it is usually easy to locate due to its bright red color. Unfortunately, throughout most of the rest of the year, it can be hidden amongst other plants in the wilderness.When you encounter it, you will experience a painful, itchy skin rash.
Rabbits are cute, fluffy creatures until they invade your garden and start eating your plants.This is when these tiny critters become annoying pests which have the potential to cause extensive damage to your landscape.From flowers, vegetables, and herbs to small trees, bushes, shrubs, and even grass, they don’t spare anything in your garden.
Sooty mold on plants you’ve seen it.The black soot formed on the upper leaf surfaces of plants. Sooty mold can be a real problem on garden plants.Many people are unaware of the connection between honeydew (produced by sucking insects such as aphids (aka plant lice), scale insect pests, and white mealy bugs) and the development of sooty mold.
Keeping wasps away with a paper bag… this is probably the last thing you would have thought a paper bag could do.Somehow, someone discovered this incredible use for a brown paper bag!This trick could certainly come in handy for any homeowner.More On Wasps & Yellow JacketsHow To Keep Wasps From Building NestsHow To Get Rid Of Ground WaspsHow To Get Rid Of Wasps NaturallyWasps sometimes invade our outdoor spaces and disturb us.
To begin any type of leafhopper control the home gardener needs to know there are many different kinds of leafhoppers.They belong to a large insect family (Cicadellidae) in the Hemiptera order.These small 1/10″ to 1/2″ long, lively insects feast on a wide variety of plants by sucking the juices out of them (like spider mites) through their piercing mouthparts.
Boxelder bugs (Boisea trivittata) are so-called because they typically live in boxelder trees.These bugs are mostly found in the western United States as far east as Nevada, but you can also find them in Eastern Canada and throughout most of the eastern US.The main draw for these bugs is boxelder trees, so you‘ll find them wherever these host trees are to be found.
Wireworms attack field crops, root crops and corn. There are several different kinds of wireworm species. The most damaging are:Wheat wireworms (Agroites mancus)Eastern field wireworms (Limonius agonus)Very often their damage is confined to small areas in a field. Even so severe infestations can result in an almost total loss of crop.
The Squash Vine Borer (melittia cucurbitae) is one of the most significant pests (aka bad garden bugs) of squash, pumpkins, cucumbers and melon crops.Although these squash bugs do not usually appear in great numbers, it only takes a few to do a lot of damage.In this article, we will describe the Squash Vine Borer, explain its lifecycle and share information to help you cope with this destructive pest in your summer garden.
Love being outdoors but sick of those annoying blood-sucking mosquitoes? Put down the sprays and nets, here are thirteen different mosquito repellent plants you can grow that’ll help keep the mosquitoes away.Bug zappers are also annoying, and leave you sitting among insect parts. Moreover, you may not be in the mood for smoky candles or incense.
The Harlequin bug is a remarkably flashy and regrettably good-looking ‘bad garden bug‘ insect that can do a great deal of harm to their favorite host plants your cruciferous veggies.This little stink bug is a true bug in that it has piercing, sucking mouthparts.Its official name is Murgantia histrionica (Hahn) but it is commonly known as:Harlequin cabbage bugHarlequin bugCalico bugFirebugIt should not be confused with the Harlequin beetle, which is a different creature altogether.
Red spider mites are one of many members of the spider mite family, Tetranychidae.Spider mites are a type of very common pest throughout North America and can wreak havoc on all types of plants.They are especially problematic in a greenhouse and indoor house setting.Spider mites are not insects; instead, as the name implies they are arachnids like their cousins: spiders, scorpions, and ticks.
What are Thrips? Thrips are tiny insects about 1/20 of an inch, with over 5,000 species. Some with no wings, the winged species have fringed wings.Their asymmetrical mouthparts with a mandible a little bit longer than the other. Some species puncture the outer layers of plants using their mouthparts to extract sap.
The proper use of any pesticide starts with understanding the content of the label.Homeowners may want to consider an effective non-toxic natural pesticide as an alternative for controlling pests.The reading and understanding of a pesticide chemical label can be challenging and boring. Reading a chemical label itself can be difficult, throw in the ultra small fine print and reading or a magnifying glass may be needed.
The Cottony Cushion Scale is a scale insect that feeds on over 65 families in the woody plant families, particularly Pittosporum and Citrus trees.The scientific name of this pest is Icerya Purchasi or Icerya Purchasi Maskell, and it belongs to the family of Margarodidae.These insect scale bugs are native to Australia.
Hedera helix (English Ivy) is a popular perennial groundcover in many parts of the southern United States because it is drought tolerant, comes back year after year, spreads quickly, resists all pests and diseases and thrives in the shade.It would seem a plant with these stellar qualities is just too good to be true, and, indeed, it is.
Many arborists are puzzled and plagued by the presence of Verticillium wilt or Verticillium longisporum (Verticillium spp) in their woody ornamental trees and shrubs. This devastating condition is caused by two forms of soil borne fungi or verticillium species:Verticillium albo-atrumVerticillium dahliaeIn this article, we will look at this malady and discuss some smart solutions to help you cope with and prevent its occurrence.
The figeater beetle (Cotinis mutabilis) with common names ‘green fruit beetles’ or ‘fig beetles’ are a Southwestern United States species.They have distinctive color patterns, are big in size, and are famous for their loud buzzing sound.Hailed from the Scarabaeidae family – subfamily Cetoniinae, these beetles (Coleoptera) have gorgeous, metallic iridescent green bodies.