Mealybug blog post

How to Manage Mealybugs

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Mealybugs are a small, white, soft-bodied insect typically found in warmer climates. They will feed on plants by sucking sap out of them causing the leaves to yellow and curl. You may notice the plant getting sticky from the honeydew and this will attract ants as well.   Treatment Options: Be careful to not overwater or overfertilize your plants as this can attract them. The best solution is to use 70% isopropyl alcohol. You can […]

Ladybugs blog post

Ladybugs Are One Of Your Best Garden Allies!

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Ladybugs are not only very pretty and fun for kids to play with, but they eat aphids and other pests in your garden! One single ladybug can eat up to 5,000 small insects in its lifetime! The larvae of ladybugs are long and black alligator-looking creatures with yellow-orange spots.   How to Attract or Encourage: First off, make sure that you do not use any pesticides in your garden! This can harm your beneficials as […]

Asparagus Beetle blog post

How to: Manage Asparagus Beetles in Your Garden

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Asparagus beetles have a similar look to lady bugs. As larvae, they are 1/3 inch long and are slug like in appearance. Adult asparagus beetles are about 1/4 inch in length and are metallic blue-black with either yellow or black spots on their wings. Both adult and larvae can be dangerous to your asparagus causing the tips to turn brown and twist.   Treatment Options: Hand-picking and placing in a soapy pail of water is […]

Potato Beetle blog post

How to: Manage Potato Beetles in Your Garden

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The Colorado potato beetle is one of the major pests that can affect your crops. Adults are round beetles with orange/yellow and black stripes on their wings. Their head is orange with black spots. If left unchecked, they can destroy your plants in no time!   Treatment Options: Hand-picking and placing the beetle in a soapy water bucket is a great way to get rid of them.   Companion planting can help deter potato beetles. […]

Leaf Miners blog post

How to: Manage Leaf Miners in Your Garden

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Leaf miners that affect vegetables refers to a small gray-yellow fly. These flies lay tiny white eggs that turn into green maggots. These maggots can destroy the leaves of the plants in your garden.   Treatment Options: As always, prevention is key, which includes placing an insect netting (floating row cover) over your plants.   Yellow sticky traps have been shown to be effective at catching these pests.   Beneficial insects, such as green lacewings, […]

Mexican Bean Beetles blog post

How to: Manage Mexican Bean Beetles in Your Garden

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Mexican bean beetles look very similar to ladybugs. They have a tan back with black dots, and the younger ones do not have any spots. If left unchecked, they can destroy foliage and pods.   Treatment Options: Hand-picking and placing the beetle in a soapy water bucket is a great way to get rid of them.   Companion planting potatoes can help prevent Mexican bean beetles.   Placing insect netting (floating row covers) over your […]

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How to: Manage Whiteflies in Your Garden

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Whiteflies are tiny little white flies that suck the sap from plants. They are typically found on the undersides of leaves.   Treatment Options: Placing yellow sticky traps out in your garden or applying a homemade garlic spray or neem oil can help. Make sure to not apply the neem oil though when the temperature is above 90, or else you could suffocate your plant!   The use of beneficial insect friends, such as green […]

Spider Mites blog post

How to: Manage Spider Mites in Your Garden

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These mites are extremely small relatives of spiders. They are typically found on the undersides of leaves. An easy way to check for them is to place a sheet of white paper underneath the leaves and gently tap. If you see moving specks on the paper then you have a problem.   Treatment Options: Putting your beneficial insects to work is one of the best ways to help with spider mites! Releasing or attracting green […]

Thrips blog post

How to: Manage Thrips in Your Garden

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Thrips are tiny straw-colored insects with two pairs of wings. They can damage plants by sucking out their juices causing discoloration and even death!   Treatment Options: As with most pests, the best solution is prevention. Placing a floating row cover with insect netting will help to prevent these critters from eating your plants. Another good prevention is to remove excess weeds and grass around the garden areas as this can help to attract them. […]

Aphids blog post

How to: Manage Aphids in Your Garden

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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! Treatment Options: 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 […]