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Managing Aphids in the Garden
By: Admin    July 20 2018 , 08:20 am
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Category: Insects , Gardening
Are aphids keeping you down? Aphids are a troublesome pest that have the potential to wreak havoc on trees and gardens.  Aphids are soft, pear-shaped bugs and come in a variety of colors such as black, green, gray, yellow, light green, and sometimes pink. Aphids reproduce rather quickly and can spread diseases to other plants, but eradicating them is not impossible. Noticing an Aphid Problem Due to their small size, they can be hard to spot with the naked eye. There are other ways to detect these insects, however. Aphids feed by using their proboscis to suck the fluid from plants, typically on buds or young shoots. This causes leaves to curl, stunt, or yellow. They will leave the leaves or stems covered in “honeydew,” which is a sticky sap secreted by the aphids. This sap will attract ants to plants and can cause sooty mold to grow on branches and leaves that make them...
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Earwigs in the Garden
By: Admin    June 29 2018 , 08:00 am
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Category: Insects , Gardening
Earwigs are a common garden pest. Most gardeners will notice they have an earwig problem if the leaves of their flowers, lettuce, celery, or fruits have holes in them.  These creepy crawler invaders, also known as pincher bugs, are nocturnal and harder to come across during daylight hours. There are a few things to consider before you take action and exterminate the earwigs. If some of your bigger pests are aphids, snails, slugs, or larvae then the earwig may be beneficial to keep. Earwigs tend to eat the aforementioned pests. However, if earwigs are proving to be too much of a nuisance, refrain from using simple pesticides to get rid of them. These can harm benign insects, such as butterflies, which are helpful in your garden. Natural Pest Removal MethodsYou can try many natural alternatives to pesticides to relieve your earwig problem. Earwigs thrive in damp, dark places. By ...
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