Archive for the ‘Problems’ Category

postheadericon Treatment for bagworms – getting rid of a bagworm infestation

Treatment for bagworms – getting rid of a bagworm infestation

Image by Scott Hughes By Kathleen Mierzejewski If you have damage happening to your trees and you see that the leaves are turning brown or the needles are falling off the pine trees in your yard, you might have something called bagworms. If this is the case, you are probably wondering about bagworm control. Keep reading to learn more about how to get rid of bagworms. Bagworm control starts with understanding the worm itself. These worms use over 100 different plants as their food. When it comes to pine trees,…

postheadericon Getting rid of stink bugs – how to kill stink bugs

Getting rid of stink bugs – how to kill stink bugs

Image by John B. By Nikki Phipps (Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden) Stink bugs are commonly found throughout the United States in gardens and occasionally the home. They get their name from a natural defense mechanism, which releases a sticky odor to deter predators. Since stink bugs often take up residence in areas flourishing with vegetation, stink bug control is sometimes necessary. Keep reading to learn more about the steps you can take for getting rid of stink bugs. How to Get Rid of Stink Bugs Once temperatures rise in…

postheadericon Getting rid of bad bugs with beneficial insects

Getting rid of bad bugs with beneficial insects

Image by docentjoyce By Nikki Phipps (Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden) Not all bugs are bad; in fact, there are many insects that are beneficial to the garden. These helpful creatures aid in decomposing plant material, pollinating crops and devouring pests which are harmful to your garden. For this reason, you should consider keeping them around. Attracting Beneficial Bugs The best way to draw these beneficial bugs into your garden is by growing their favorite flowering plants. Some of these include: Advertisement Mint Daisy (Shasta and Ox-eye) Wild carrot (Queen…

postheadericon Learn about leaf cutter bees

Learn about leaf cutter bees

Image by Masha McLaughlin (with permission) By Stan V. Griep American Rose Society Certified Consulting Rosarian – Rocky Mountain District Do you ever see half moon-shaped notches that appear to have been cut out of the leaves on your rosebushes or shrubs? Well, if you do, your gardens may have been visited by what is known as the leaf cutter bee (Megachile spp). Information About Leaf Cutter Bees The leaf cutter bees are seen as pests by some gardeners, as they can make a mess of the foliage on a…

postheadericon Scale bug – how to control plant scale

Scale bug – how to control plant scale

Image by Gilles San Martin By Nikki Phipps (Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden) Scale is a problem with many houseplants. Scale insects suck sap from plants, robbing them of essential nutrients. Let’s learn more about identifying scale and how to control them. Identifying Scale Plant Insect Scale insects thrive in warm, dry environments. The scale bug is small, oval and flat, with a protective tan to brown shell-like covering (scale). Scale generally targets the undersides of leaves and around leaf joints. Advertisement The scale plant insect consists of three types:…

postheadericon Identifying root maggots and control of root maggots

Identifying root maggots and control of root maggots

Image by James Niland By Heather Rhoades Root maggots can be a pain for any gardener who is trying to grow almost any kind of root vegetables or cole crops in their garden. While the root maggot fly is more of a problem in some parts of the country than others, they can affect almost any gardener. Knowing the symptoms of root maggots and control methods will help you keep this troublesome pests out of your garden. Identifying Root Maggots Root maggots get their name from the fact that they…

postheadericon Spider mite detection and spider mite natural control

Spider mite detection and spider mite natural control

Image by Maja Dumat By Heather Rhoades Spider mites are one of the more common houseplant pests. Getting rid of spider mites is not always easy, but it can be done. Spider Mite Detection Being able to effectively kill spider mites starts with good spider mite detection. Good spider mite detection starts with looking at the plant. The three most common signs of spider mites are: Yellow, tan or white spots on the leaves of your plant. Very small white or red spots on the leaves that move  (these are…

postheadericon Plants that don’t attract japanese beetles – japanese beetle resistant plants

Plants that don’t attract japanese beetles – japanese beetle resistant plants

Image by .Larry Page By Heather Rhoades If you own one of the plants Japanese beetles attack, you know how frustrating this insect can be. It is devastating if you own plants Japanese beetles attack to watch the beloved plants devoured in a matter of days by these hungry and creepy bugs. While eliminating Japanese beetles can be challenging, one of the things you can do is to grow plants that deter Japanese beetles or plants that don’t attract Japanese beetles. Either of these options will allow you to have…

postheadericon Pests on ornamentals and vegetables: whitefly treatment in the garden

Pests on ornamentals and vegetables: whitefly treatment in the garden

Image by aviatorjk By Heather Rhoades In terms of garden pests, whiteflies are one of the most bothersome that a gardener can have in their garden. Whether they are on ornamentals or vegetables, whitefly control can be tricky and difficult. But controlling whiteflies in the garden is not impossible. Let’s take a look at the answer to the question, “How do you get rid of whiteflies?” Identifying the Garden Pests Whiteflies Whiteflies are part of a group of sap sucking insects that can cause problems in the garden. Other sap…

postheadericon How do i get rid of ants in my garden?

How do i get rid of ants in my garden?

Image by Dino Quinzani By Kathleen Mierzejewski One of the most common household or yard pests has got to be the common ant. There are over 12,000 species of ants, believe it or not, and the most common of those is probably the regular pavement ant. These are the little culprits that come into your home as soon as you spill sugar and forget to sweep it up. They like sweets and if they don’t find them outside in your gardens, they will come inside and find what they need….