Archive for the ‘Problems’ Category

postheadericon Whitefly indoors: controlling whiteflies in the greenhouse or on houseplants

Whitefly indoors: controlling whiteflies in the greenhouse or on houseplants

Image by gaucho By Nikki Phipps (Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden) Whiteflies are the bane of nearly all indoor gardeners. There is a wide range of plants fed on by whiteflies; ornamental plants, vegetables, and houseplants are all affected by them. Their secretions can cause foliage to yellow and die. Controlling whiteflies is difficult but not impossible. Controlling Whiteflies in the Greenhouse and Indoors Effectively controlling whiteflies begins with familiarity of their life cycles, including various species. They deposit their eggs on the undersides of leaves, often in a circular…

postheadericon Root eating insects: identifying vegetable root maggots and root maggot control

Root eating insects: identifying vegetable root maggots and root maggot control

Image by James Niland By Heather Rhoades A plant you worked hard to grow dies in the vegetable garden, seemingly for no reason. When you go to dig it up, you find dozens, maybe hundreds, of squirming grayish or yellowish white worms. You have root maggots. These root eating insects can cause some serious damage to your plants. Root Maggot Lifecycle Vegetable root maggots are the larva of a type of fly called a root maggot fly. There are several kinds with different preferred host plants. The eggs of these…

postheadericon Prevent caterpillars in the garden

Prevent caterpillars in the garden

Image by PeJo29 By Kathleen Mierzejewski After you plant your vegetable garden, you wait to see all your hard work come into play. The fruitfulness of the garden is definitely a reflection on the gardener. Therefore, you might be wondering, "How do I keep caterpillars out of my garden?" There are several ways to prevent caterpillars. Thinking About How to Get Rid of Caterpillars Caterpillars are the larvae of moths and butterflies. There are several different kinds of caterpillars and just as many different ways to prevent caterpillars. We can…

postheadericon Root knot nematode disease: a stunted plant growth cause

Root knot nematode disease: a stunted plant growth cause

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 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 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 How do i get rid of carpenter ants: home remedies for carpenter ants

How do i get rid of carpenter ants: home remedies for carpenter ants

Image by Tim Gage By Molly Lavins Carpenter ants may be may be small in stature, but carpenter ant damage can be destructive. Carpenter ants are active during spring and summer months. They nest in moist wood inside and outside, often in rotting wood, behind bathroom tiles, around sinks, tubs, showers and dishwashers. They also may inhabit hollow spaces in doors, curtain rods, foam insulation, etc. Humidity is necessary to sustain their eggs, but it is possible to find satellite nests that are not in moisture laden areas where some…

postheadericon Tips on how to get rid of cutworms

Tips on how to get rid of cutworms

Image by Clemson University – USDA Extension Slide Series, Bugwood.org By Kathleen Mierzejewski Few things are more frustrating for the home gardener than walking out to your garden and finding a previously healthy seedling lying on its side, literally snipped off at the ground. While it may appear to be a marauder with scissors that caused this damage, this is not the case. What you have are cutworms in garden beds. These caterpillars chew through the stems of plants at ground level and kill them. Keep reading to learn how…

postheadericon Mealybugs: white residue on plant’s leaves

Mealybugs: white residue on plant’s leaves

Image by yogesh_more By Heather Rhoades Houseplants can be found in many homes and many houseplants are pretty, yet easy to care for plants. Unfortunately, due to the enclosed environment that a houseplant is normally found in, houseplants are susceptible to pests. One of those pests is mealybugs. Does My Houseplant Have Mealybugs? Mealybugs will commonly leave a white residue on a plant’s leaves that resembles cotton. You will find this residue mostly on the stems and leaves. This residue is either the egg sacs of the mealybugs or the…