Squash Vine Borer – How to control

Squash Vine Borer Description: White larva with brown head, up to 1″ long. Preferred foods: pumpkin, squash, cantaloupe, cucumber and gourd vines. A small pile of “sawdust” where the vine meets the soil is a sure sign that you have squash vine borers. Once you notice the first “sawdust,” it will not be long until the leaves wilt and the […]

Vine & Root Weevils – How to control

Vine & Root Weevils Description: Adults emerge mid-May to late July. About 5-6 weeks later, eggs hatch into grubs which search out roots to feed on. Grubs feed all season. The worst injury occurs when overwintering grubs feed on roots in spring; plants may fail to put out new growth and die. Since adults feed only at night (making characteristic […]

Whitefly – How to control

Whitefly Description: : 1/10 to 1/16″ long, milk-white color. When disturbed, the flies flutter about like tiny snowflakes. On houseplants, greenhouse plants, fruits and vegetables, they cause leaves to yellow and dry. Black sooty mold grows on honeydew secretions of whiteflies. Leaves drop early. Solution: Oil-AwayTM Insecticidal Spray provides excellent control, even of the Sweet Potato Whitefly strain. Release Encarsia […]

Killing control Aphids

Aphids Description: Tiny bugs are light or dark green, or black; with or without wings. The largest is 1/6″ long, the smallest is barely visible. They cluster on stems and under leaves. Aphids may cause more crop damage than any other insect, and there are few plants they don’t like. Infested leaves curl and turn yellow; plant is weakened in […]

Root-Knot Nematodes, Carrot – How to control

Root-Knot Nematodes Description: So-called “eel-worms” are only 1/50″ long, with thin, translucent bodies. Over 990 species of plant-attacking nematodes are known. Occurring naturally in large numbers throughout the U.S., especially in the Southeast, they plague vegetables, ornamental plants and trees. Infested plants are usually stunted, lighter in color, and lower in yield than healthy plants. Roots have swellings, galls, or […]

Rust (Roses) – How to control

Rust (Roses) Description: Although rust is widespread, it is most consistently a problem in western states. Yellow “rust” spots appear on the topsides of leaves during cool weather in spring or late fall. Infected leaves become twisted and dry. Spores infect leaves when rain, dew or fog occurs at temperatures from 55° to 75°F. Solution: When rust is first noticed, […]

Neck Rot (Onions)

Neck Rot (Onions) Description: This disease attacks living plants but is often not noticed until onions are being held in storage. Sunken, dried areas start appearing at the neck of the bulb and gradually move down through the entire bulb. Symptoms usually develop after bulbs have been in storage for a month or more. The fungus penetrates leaf tissue, but […]

Onion Thrip

Onion Thrip Description: Thrips gather in large numbers on onion leaves, causing wrinkled or ribbony shoots to emerge in place of the expected smooth ones. White or gray spotting, called silver top, may eventually cover the entire leaf, giving it a sickly appearance. Thrips are a primary pest of onion, reducing photosynthesis and yield by cutting leaf cells open to […]

Anthracnose (Tomatoes)

Anthracnose (Tomatoes) Description: Appears on ripe fruit, producing small, round, sunken spots. These spots grow larger, and soon the whole fruit is affected and develops a water rot. Solution: Use Soap-Shield® Fungicidal Soap or Copper Dust starting after setting out plants, then every 7-10 days. Apply more frequently if disease is increasing rapidly. Reapply after rain. Weed Barrier Mats also […]

Peach Leaf Curl – How to control

Peach Leaf Curl Description: : Leaves become thickened and curled or crinkled, and turn yellowish or reddish. Later, diseased leaves and misshapen fruit fall off tree. Solution: Spray with Soap-Shield® Fungicidal Soap, ensuring that all surfaces are thoroughly sprayed. Apply as a dormant spray (after leaves have fallen) in late fall. Alternatively, Bordeaux Mixture may be used after leaves drop […]