Aphids are tiny insects that can usually be found in groups on the undersides of leaves and stems. A few aphids can’t do much, but they reproduce quickly, are born pregnant, and can take over a plant in no time at all!
- Spray aphids off leaves with a blast of water from the sprayer and repeat as necessary for a few days
- Ladybugs are valuable ally and can be purchased to help with aphid control. Make sure you release them at night on plants that are infested with aphids, and it wouldn’t hurt to provide a source of water as well. They will quickly mate and lay their eggs, resulting in alligator-shaped larvae hatching and devouring aphids. A single ladybug can eat up to 5,000 aphids in their lifetime!
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- Green lacewing larvae are voracious predators of many soft bodied insect pests, including several species of aphids, spider mites, thrips, whiteflies, leafhoppers, and others.
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- Removing all the surrounding debris and weeds from around your trees or bushes can help to prevent egg laying by the moths.
- Hand picking infected fruits and disposing of them can help prevent spread of the worms.
- Use the organic pesticide, BTK (bacillus thuringiensis Kurstaki). BTK is a naturally occurring microorganism that sickens and kills caterpillars without harming butterflies, bees, and other beneficial insects. There are varied opinions regarding the safety of BTK, but it’s classified as an organic treatment and is certainly safer than using a more toxic pesticide.
- The fruit worm comes from a moth that lays its eggs into fruit. Catching the moths that lay these eggs can help to prevent a worm problem in the future.
- Hand-picking and placing the beetle in a soapy water bucket is a great way to get rid of these pests.
- Companion planting plants with a strong odor, such as garlic, can help to deter adults from eating the foliage.
- Milky spore has been shown to be one of the best treatments for killing the grubs that will eventually grow up into june bugs. After applying these naturally occurring white spores to the ground, the grubs will ingest the bacteria and die within a few weeks.
- Insect netting is one of the easiest way to prevent insect damage on your plants!
- Sprinkle diatomaceous earth over areas you want to protect. Be careful though: DE can harm beneficial insects as well if they come in contact with it.
- Hand-picking and squishing or placing them in a soapy water bucket is a great way to get rid of these pests.
- Companion planting can help deter leaf-footed bugs. Sunflowers are especially good at attracting these pests away from other plants.
- Another good prevention is to remove excess weeds and grass around the garden areas as this can help to attract them.
- Placing insect netting (floating row covers) over your garden is the best way to prevent leaf-footed bugs from attacking your plants.
- Diatomaceous earth can also be laid down around your garden to help get rid of them.
- Applying neem oil can also be effective for the nymph stage of leaf-footed bugs. Make sure not to apply the neem oil when the temperature is above 90, or else you could suffocate your plant!
- Placing a motion-activated sprinkler near where the problem area is will help to scare the raccoons away.
- Raccoons can be scared of noises as well. You can leave a radio close to the problem area to try and scare them away.
- They can also be deterred by a mixture of garlic and chili powder sprinkled around the problem areas.
- You can also set up a small animal cage trap to catch the raccoon if all else fails!
- Stationing a fake owl or scarecrows around the garden are helpful tricks to scare away squirrels. Be sure to move them around every day or so, or they might figure out your trick!
- A motion-activated sprinkler in the problem areas can help to scare away your squirrels as well.
- Cats and dogs are effective hunters of squirrels and other small rodents! Even just their smell and presence in the yard can help to keep them out of your gardens.
- Squirrels dislike strong and spicy smells. Try making an apple cider vinegar spray or sprinkle cayenne pepper around your garden.
- There are also ultrasonic pest repellers that you place in the ground that send vibrations out to scare them away.
- If all else fails, you can also set up a live animal cage trap.
Adult stink bugs are green or brown and grow up to ¾” long; they have distinctive shield-shaped bodies