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postheadericon How to treat spider mites on houseplants and outdoor plants

How to treat spider mites on houseplants and outdoor plants

Image by Eran Finkle By Heather Rhoades Spider mites on houseplants and outdoor plants is a common problem. Spider mite damage can not only make a plant look unsightly, it can even kill the plant. It is important to use a spider mite treatment as soon as possible on an affected plant in order to keep the plant looking its best and healthiest. Keep reading to learn more about how to identify and kill spider mites. Identifying Spider Mites on Houseplants and Outdoor Plants Initially, spider mite damage will appear…

postheadericon Tips for how to kill grasshoppers – how to control grasshoppers

Tips for how to kill grasshoppers – how to control grasshoppers

Image by Gilliamhome’s Olympus By Nikki Phipps (Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden) In excessive numbers, grasshoppers can be a gardener’s nightmare, especially in rural areas. While high infestations can be difficult to eradicate, their numbers and damage can be greatly reduced with careful plant selection, the addition of predators, and the use of organic forms of insecticides. Stop Grasshoppers from Eating My Plants Learning how to control grasshoppers begins with prevention and an understanding of how these pests feed and reproduce. Grasshoppers lay their eggs in the soil during fall,…

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 Garden symphylan – small, white worm-like bugs in the soil

Garden symphylan – small, white worm-like bugs in the soil

Image by Soniamartinez By Heather Rhoades Garden symphylans are not often seen by gardeners, so when they do appear in the garden, they can be perplexing. These small white cousins to centipedes dislike light and will quickly move away from it, meaning that while a gardener may have these pests, they may be unaware of it. What are Garden Symphylans? What are garden symphylans and what do they look like? Garden symphylans are small – no more than a 1/4 inch, typically. They will be white or cream, almost translucent…

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 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 What is a red spider mite: red spider mites identification and control

What is a red spider mite: red spider mites identification and control

Image by Jeff Vier By Heather Rhoades Red spider mites are a garden pest that affects a wide variety of plants, but is most commonly affect azaleas and camellias. Once you get an infestation, you will find red spider mites everywhere on the plant and it is important to take care of the infestation before the plant becomes permanently damages. Let’s take a look at red spider mite control. What is a Red Spider Mite? Red spider mites can be one of two kinds of mites, either the European red…

postheadericon How to rid plants of leaf miners

How to rid plants of leaf miners

Image by Andrea Arbogast By Heather Rhoades Leaf miner damage is unsightly and, if left untreated, can end up causing serious damage to a plant. Taking steps to rid plants of leaf miners will not only make them look better but will also improve their overall health. Let’s take a look at identifying leaf miners and how to kill leaf miners. Identifying Leaf Miners While there are several different kinds of leaf miners, for the most part, their looks and plant damage is similar. Leaf miners tend to be non-descript…

postheadericon Fungus gnat control – fungus gnats in houseplant soil

Fungus gnat control – fungus gnats in houseplant soil

Image by JR Guillaumin By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener Fungus gnats, also known as soil gnats, cause very little damage to houseplants. However, certain types of fungus gnats can damage plants when the larvae feed on roots. Usually, the pests are simply annoying little nuisances that buzz around potted plants. Identifying Fungus Gnats Fungus gnats are tiny, delicate flying insects that resemble miniature mosquitoes. They are present any time of year, but they tend to be more common in fall and winter. The pesky gnats aren’t…