Archive for the ‘Problems’ Category

postheadericon Getting rid of chiggers: tips for controlling chigger bugs in the garden

Getting rid of chiggers: tips for controlling chigger bugs in the garden

Image by Susan Ellis, Bugwood.org By Kristi Waterworth Invisible and evil, chiggers can make the summer unbearable with the itching they cause, especially when you’re out in the garden. Learn how to manage chiggers and deal with their bites. Chigger Bugs in the Garden There’s nothing that can ruin a hike, picnic or day in the garden as fast as the irritating, itchy bite of the chigger. Like hungry, invisible ninjas, these tiny critters climb up socks and pant legs, looking for a place to feed. But what are chiggers…

postheadericon Preventing granulated ambrosia beetles: granulate ambrosia beetle prevention and treatment

Preventing granulated ambrosia beetles: granulate ambrosia beetle prevention and treatment

Image by G. Keith Douce, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org By Jackie Carroll The granulate ambrosia beetle (Xylosandrus crassiusculus) measures only 2 to 3 millimeters in length, but it can completely devastate over 100 species of deciduous trees. The female of the species tunnels into trees and excavates chambers where she lays eggs and raises her offspring. Granulate ambrosia beetle damage comes from the tunneling activities of the female insect and the ambrosia fungus that she introduces into the wood. So what are ambrosia beetles and how can you prevent them?…

postheadericon What are harlequin bugs: how to get rid of harlequin bugs

What are harlequin bugs: how to get rid of harlequin bugs

Image by Linda Tanner By Kristi Waterworth There are many helpful bugs in the garden that put a spring in the step of any gardener lucky enough to have them as guests, but the red and black harlequin bug is not among them. Although beautiful, this bug is treacherous, making harlequin bug control a vital part of vegetable garden management. What are Harlequin Bugs? Harlequin bugs (Murgantia histrionica) are 3/8 inch-long, shiny stinkbugs and significant pests of crucifers like cabbage, broccoli and mustard, feeding greedily on the nutritious juices inside…

postheadericon What are leafrollers: leafroller damage and control

What are leafrollers: leafroller damage and control

Image by Scot Nelson By Kristi Waterworth Sometimes, it’s a wonder that anybody bothers growing anything, with all the diseases, problems and pests that plants seem to attract out of nowhere. Take leafroller insects – the adult moths that are responsible for the caterpillars are well-camouflaged, appearing in colors ranging from brown to gray, and they certainly don’t look like trouble. Shortly after these plain moths have visited the garden, you may notice the appearance of rolled or folded leaves containing hungry caterpillars. What are Leafrollers? Leafrollers are small caterpillars,…

postheadericon Preventing budworm damage: tips for controlling budworms

Preventing budworm damage: tips for controlling budworms

Image by www.ars.usda.gov By Kristi Waterworth Bedding plants like geraniums, petunias and nicotiana can create a riot of color when planted en masse, but gardeners aren’t the only ones drawn to these bright and prolific flowers. Feeding damage caused by budworm caterpillars is on the rise across the country, causing alarm and panic in the gardening community – so much so that some gardeners are refusing to grow the most frequent plant victims of budworm damage. What are Budworms? Budworms are moth caterpillars that chew their way into the tightly…

postheadericon Carpenter bee control: how to prevent carpenter bee damage

Carpenter bee control: how to prevent carpenter bee damage

Image by F. Hoffnar By Jackie Carroll Carpenter bees look a lot like bumblebees, but their behavior is very different. You might see them hovering around the eaves of a house or wooden deck rails. Although they pose little threat to people because they rarely sting, they can cause serious structural damage to exposed wood. Read on to find out how to get rid of carpenter bees. What are Carpenter Bees? Although carpenter bees look a lot like bumblebees, you can easily see the difference. Both types of bees have…

postheadericon Controlling squash bugs – how to get rid of squash bugs

Controlling squash bugs – how to get rid of squash bugs

Image by Squeezyboy By Nikki Phipps (Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden) Squash bugs are one of the most common pests affecting squash plants, but also attack other cucurbits, like pumpkins and cucumbers. Both adults and nymphs can literally suck the life right out of these plants, leaving them to wilt and eventually die if not controlled. Squash Bug Identification & Damage Squash bug identification is relatively easy to recognize. The adult bugs are approximately 5/8 inches long, have wings, and are brownish-black in color with some gray mottling. When crushed,…

postheadericon What are navel orangeworms: controlling navel orangeworms on nuts

What are navel orangeworms: controlling navel orangeworms on nuts

Image by Peggy Greb, www.ars.usda.gov By Kristi Waterworth Growing nuts in the home landscape isn’t a hobby for the nervous, uninitiated gardener, but even those with lots of experience may find orangeworm moths particularly troublesome to their crops. The pesky caterpillars of these fast-breeding moths ruin the harvest with their precision attacks on nut meats. Navel orangeworms on nut crops, like pistachios and almonds, are not uncommon. Read on to learn more about this pest and its treatment. What are Navel Orangeworms? Navel orangeworms are the larvae of a silver-grey…

postheadericon What are leaf footed bugs: learn about leaf footed bug damage

What are leaf footed bugs: learn about leaf footed bug damage

Image by Bill.Antalek By Kristi Waterworth There are lots of interesting insects in the garden, many that are neither friend nor foe, so we gardeners mostly ignore them. When we find leaf footed bugs in gardens, it’s hard to know what to think. These stinkbug relatives have a peculiar look about them and they spend way too much time near our prized fruits, but they rarely break the top 10 worst garden bugs. Don’t worry, we’ve got the dirt on the leaf footed bug so your next encounter can be a…

postheadericon Soil mite info: what are soil mites and why are they in my compost?

Soil mite info: what are soil mites and why are they in my compost?

Image by brent simpson By Susan Patterson, Master Gardener Could your potted plants be lurking with potting soil mites? Perhaps you have spotted a few soil mites in compost heaps. If you’ve ever come across these frightening looking creatures, you may be wondering what they are and if they’re a threat to the livelihood of your garden plants or soil. Keep reading to find out more about soil mite info and their effects in the garden. What are Soil Mites? So what are soil mites and are they dangerous? Potting…