Companion Planting for Pest Control: Companion planting has a long tradition in organic gardening practice. The principle behind companion planting is that certain plants either enhance each other’s growth or help control pests when planted close together. There are also plants that enrich the soil. In addition, companion planting increases bio-diversity in our gardens, by […]
Red Spider Mites: Summer sees a proliferation of red spider mites on a host of different crops and ornamentals in the garden. They breed and spread rapidly, are difficult to detect, and require perseverance and persistence to control them once they have established themselves. Look out for telltale signs of infestation – discolouration of the […]
Harvester Termites: Harvester termites can do serious damage to lawns in particular and flower beds because they feed on dead and living plants like grasses, leaves, twigs and seedlings and a single queen can lay up to 25 000 eggs per day. They form subterranean tunnels which in seriously infected areas become interconnected in a […]
Mealybug: Mealybugs are tiny oval-shaped insects that feed on plant material and will infect most of the host plant if not controlled. You will usually find the tiny insects on the underside of leaves and stems and they can be identified by the white powder coating that look like many legs. They suck on the […]
Beetles: It is not difficult to miss the yellow and black beetles which will devour flowers with ease in a day. These pests are either the CMR beetle or the fruit chafer (bigger and nastier!) The best way to deal with them is to catch them by hand. Serious infestations could be treated. CMR beetle: […]
Caterpillars: Larvae of various leaf-eating caterpillar species can cause serious damage to leaves, flowers and fruit. Very small caterpillars hatch from eggs laid by moths or butterflies near or on host plants. Common symptoms are shot holes in flower petals or leaves, cavities in fruit, skeletonised leaves with mainly veins left or just huge chunks […]
About Aphids: Half of the battle with any insect pests in the garden is firstly finding or observing them before they wreak complete havoc. The next challenge is to identify them correctly, before you can finally find the most effective way of eradicating or controlling them. Some insect pests are large and mobile, others are […]
Like many other leaf-eating caterpillars, the bagworm falls under the order Lepidoptera and its adult stage is a moth.