Pine Bark Beetle
Target: Ponderosa Pine
Damage: Beetles bore holes through the cambium layer, make devastating galleries, larva chews tunnels that girdle the tree, causing it to die from the top down.
Control: Spray trees with carbaryl in February every year. Deep water trees during periods of drought.
Ants (Sugar or Harvester)
Target: Any sugar substance, seeds, foods
Damage: Pest or nuisance, make unsightly mounds, stings hurt.
Control-Organic: Terros, Boric Acid, or try a mix of 4-Tbls dish soap and ¼ cup limejuice per gallon. Harvester: Disrupt the mound, Dish soap mix.
Chemical: Sugar Ant – Spray mound and tracts with HiYield Kill-A-Bug II.
Harvester – Amdro and HiYield Kill-A-Bug II.
Target: All tender leaves and stems
Damage: Pierce tender leaves and stems, sucking out plant juices. Large populations can make leaves and stems curl up and die.
Control: High pressure water spray, insecticidal soap, Dormant oil (winter), systemic insecticides, broad range insecticidal sprays, ladybugs, HiYield Kill-A-Bug II.
Cabbage Looper (Worm)
Target: Cole (cabbage) crops
Damage: Eat holes in leaves of cole crops. May cause plants to turn yellow, become stunted and not produce.
Control: Floating row cover, hand pick, spray with BT, Neem, or carbaryl, clean up leaves and garden debris, plow garden after harvest in fall, HiYield Kill-A-Bug II.
Codling Moth Larva
Target: Apples and pears
Damage: Skin blemished. Tunnels and worm waste all through the fruit (ruined).
Control: Keep leaves raked, clean up fallen fruit, spray fruit with BT or carbaryl after petal fall.
Target: Corn ears, other vegetables
Damage: Moths lay eggs in corn silk, worm crawls into ear and eat immature kernels.
Control: BT, Mineral oil, Pick worms off leaves, spray other vegetables with BT or Carbaryl.
Target: Mostly young emerging seedlings
Damage: Eats foliage, can cut plant off at the soil line
Control: Hand pick, BT, Diatomaceous earth, Carbaryl, HiYield Kill-A-Bug II.
Target: Tree foliage, mostly walnuts
Damage: Unsightly web tents house larva that can strip trees of leaves.
Control: Spray webs with BT at first sight, fall clean-up, Fertilome Borer Bagworm Leaf Miner, and Tent Caterpillar spray.
Target: Potted houseplants
Damage: Sucks vitality out of plants
Control: Malathion drench, Pyrethrum, hand pick, rubbing alcohol and cotton swab, HiYield Kill-A-Bug II.
Mexican Bean Beetle
Target: Bean leaves
Damage: Skeletonize leaves, both beetle and larva eat leaves
Control: Hand pick, rub off eggs on underside to kill larva. Spray with soap or carbaryl.
Target: Conifers, junipers, and many leafy plants
Damage: Mites suck juice from cells, cause leaves to discolor and lose vitality.
Control: Kelthane, constant wash down
Target: Leaves of squash and other cucurbit vegetable plants
Damage: Sucks plant juices, fatally damaging plants
Control: Keep beds clean, insecticidal soap. Plant resistant varieties.
Target: Tomatoes, berries, plums, and pears
Damage: Stings fruit and leaves, leaving blemishes, yellowing, and distortion
Control: Hand pick, spray with soap, carbaryl, HiYield Kill-A-Bug II.
Target: Mostly tomato plants
Damage: Strips leaves and stems of foliage
Control: Hand pick when soil is tilled. HiYield Kill-A-Bug II spray and granules.
Target: Leaves and new growth of most plants
Damage: Eats unsightly holes in leaves, a large population can kill new tender plants.
Control: Nolo Bait when nymphs are young, Carbaryl spray, HiYield Kill-A-Bug II spray.
Peach Tree Borer
Target: Stone fruit trees, but mostly peach trees
Damage: Larva enter trees at soil line, girdling and interrupting nutrient flow. Weak or dead trees result.
Control: Spray Dormant Oil in winter, Fall clean-up is essential skewer hole to stab larva, BT.
Target Roots of trees, shrubs, and grasses
Damage: Large population can eat enough roots to kill a plant
Control: Hand pick when soil is tilled, HiYield Kill-A-Bug II spray and granules.
Target: Different species attack different plants
Damage: Thrips suck and chew plants for the chlorophyll leaving dots on leaves with a silvery hue. Keeps rose buds from full bloom.
Control: Systemic insecticide, hose off daily, spray with Carbaryl, or HiYield Kill-A-Bug II.
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