Mar
04
2013

Managing Spider Mites in your garden

Spider mites are one of the most common garden pests and can be found feeding on the leaves and stems of vegetables, plants, fruit trees, and vines.  Spider mite control becomes increasingly difficult once the pest has been well established in the garden so early detection is very important.  Although related to insects, mites are not insects but members of the arachnid class along with spiders and ticks.  The spider mite also known as “web-spinning mite” is the most common … Continue Reading

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Nov
05
2012

Reducing Aphid Infestation

Aphids are soft-bodied insects that use their piercing sucking mouth parts to feed on plant sap.  They usually occur in colonies on the undersides of tender terminal growth. Heavily-infested leaves can wilt or turn yellow because of excessive sap removal. While the plant may look bad, aphid feeding generally will not seriously harm healthy, established trees and shrubs. However, some plants are very sensitive to feeding by certain aphid species. Saliva injected into plants by these aphids may cause leaves to pucker … Continue Reading

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