The puss caterpillar (Megalopyge opercularis) is the larvae of the Flannel Moth (Phalaena opercula).This alarmingly dangerous insect can be found in many parts of the United States toward the end of summer with other garden pests.The Southern Flannel Moth is also sometimes called the “Yellow Egger Moth.
Aster yellows is a plant disease caused by phytoplasm. It manifests like a virus, and sap-sucking insects spread it.The main vector of the disease is the Aster leafhopper.These insects typically overwinter along the Gulf of Mexico and then migrate to the north during the spring and summer growing season.
What is Damping Off? – The term is a name given by gardeners to describe the wilting and death of seedlings just before or just after they emerge from the soil.When, instead of the uniform rows of seedlings one expects in a flat or seed bed, one discovers rows thinned out and broken by many bare spots; or when many of a good stand of seedlings suddenly collapse or fall over on the ground and die it is usually the disease called damping-off that is responsible.
Have you ever heard of a “bug juice pest spray”?Gardeners have reported using a “bug juice spray” with success to control or get rid of aphids on cabbage, pillbugs from munching on squash and beans and slugs from making dinner of pepper plants.Others have shared success winning the battle against all kinds of armyworms, Mexican bean beetles, stink bugs, cabbage loopers, cutworms, caterpillars, root maggots, grasshoppers ants, fungus gnats and Colorado potato beetles.
Whether your garden is big or small, you are bound to encounter problems with garden pests from time to time.These days, we are more aware than ever of the dangers of using powerful chemicals in the home and garden.Luckily, many natural alternatives are safe and effective for repelling and eliminating insect pests and more.
Most people do not want to deal with plant bugs – in the garden or on their houseplants. Worse yet is handling toxic chemicals to control the pest.It’s not surprising how many people are looking for natural pesticide solutions and homemade insecticide recipes, which are easy to make, cheap and effective involving no fancy ingredients.
Caterpillars can be pests in the garden, but did you know they can be dangerous. Some types of caterpillars like the Saddleback caterpillar (Acharya stimulea or Sibine stimulea) have spines that can inflict a nasty sting.In most cases the sting of the Saddleback caterpillar is just a minor irritation, but in some instances stings can be very painful or even life-threatening just like a bee sting.
Springtails are small, tiny insects ranging in size from 1/64″ of an inch to about 1/2″ an inch. These multi-colored, bright blue, pink, yellow, red, spotted, striped pests… as well as gray, brown or black color from the sub-class Collembola.Their name comes from a forked appendage that moves suddenly giving these insects the ability to jump.
If you’re trying to grow potatoes (or any member of the hemlock family or solanaceous crops) one of the most often encountered problems is the Colorado potato bug or beetle.Larva and adults beetles prey upon potato plants by eating both the blossoms and the leaves.In addition to potato plants, these voracious little beetles also lay waste to other members of the hemlock family, such as peppers, eggplant and not to mention creates tomato plant problems.
White grubs are a common nuisance in gardens throughout the world making lawn care more of a challenge.Also called grub worms, the small critters resemble little white worms.The grub is not a worm. It’s the larvae of various species of scarab beetles.The Scarabaeidae (Scarab) family of beetles includes over 30,000 species.
At present, there are over 200 species of root mealybugs across the United States.But, What Are Root Mealybugs?Root mealybugs (Rhizoecus spp.) are small, wingless insects around one-tenth of an inch long characterized by a thin white or gray wax coating over their bodies.This unique appearance comes from the waxy coating they secrete when they feed off plants.
Tomato Leaf Curl Virus also known as leaf roll affects more than just tomato plants but a whole host of plants.This virus plant disease can be quite deadly for plants and halt the production of fruit altogether – especially if the plants get infected when they are young.Tomato leaf curl virus affects a total of forty-four plant families across 300 species.
Just the mention of the Black Widow Spider causes chills for many people. This spider from the Latrodectus family is famous for the deadly venom black widow bites carries.From our youth, it’s drilled into our heads, to stay away from a black spider with red hourglass! As a matter of fact, in actuality these spiders are not generally fatal, particularly to grown-ups.
Fusarium wilt is a widespread plant disease caused by the fungus known as fusarium oxysporum which inhabits the soil.This type of fungal infestation is not specific to any one type of plant. Indeed, it affects hundreds of different plant species.Fusarium wilt disease is a threat to a number of economically important food products such as solanaceous crops (nightshade family) and more.
Let’s face it, the flea beetle and growing vegetables go hand in hand. Every garden is alive with insects of all types.In many cases, they are very welcome additions to your plants by providing valuable “services” in the entire life cycle of vegetation.But many types of insects can be harmful and even prove detrimental to some of your most prized plants.
Using sticky tape and sticky traps is a very safe and effective way to deal with pest insects in your garden.When you use these products, you do away with the use of harmful chemicals.In this article, we discuss the use of these innovative products and share advice to help you choose just the right product for your situation.
The infestation of fungus gnats in your garden or home is one of the most irritating and frustrating problems which you’d have to deal with in a responsible manner.Belonging to the Sciaridae family, fungus gnats are tiny, black flies that are often found hovering over houseplants.Problems with fungus gnats are not restricted to your garden.
The Rose chafer (Macrodactylus subspinosus) is a hungry garden pest. This beetle begins its life as larvae under the soil.Adult Rose Chafers are medium-sized, greenish brown beetles which tend to arrive in great numbers and spend most of their time eating your garden and mating.Rose beetles are especially abundant in areas with sandy soil because the adult beetles prefer to lay eggs in sandy soil.
Chances are, you’ve run into a bacterial leaf spot at some point, as it affects a wide range of plants.Gardeners may find bacterial leaf spots on a wide range of edible plants, including beans, cereals, cucurbits (gourds), peppers, Prunus (almond, apricot, cherry, peach, and plum trees), strawberries, and tomatoes.
Black Vine Weevil beetle (Otiorhynchus sulcatus) aka: Taxus weevil is a very serious pest both landscape plantings and in nursery and greenhouse settings.Hailing from Europe, this pest was first seen in the United States in the early 1900s.Today it is one of the most widely distributed and destructive pests in the US.
Ladybugs, the little round red color bug with black spots, oh, who cannot identify lady bug? We all have known it from childhood days!They are the most desired beneficial insects gardeners love in their gardens. They also go by the names of Lady beetles or ladybird beetle.Why do we want them in our gardens?