Insect pests on herbs


Scale is a problem with many houseplants. Scale insects suck sap from plants, robbing them of essential nutrients. Let’s learn more about identifying scale and how to control them.

Scale insects thrive in warm, dry environments. The scale bug is small, oval and flat, with a protective tan to brown shell-like covering (scale). Scale generally targets the undersides of leaves and around leaf joints.

Scales, both armored and soft, are the most destructive. Armored scales are more difficult to control once mature. Soft scale bugs excrete large amounts of honeydew , which encourages the growth of sooty mold , a black-colored fungus that interferes with photosynthesis . Mealybugs are easier to control. Scales cannot fly so, dispersal depends on the movement of crawlers. Crawlers may be detected by placing double-sticky tape on plant branches.

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Home gardeners or people with houseplants have to contend with plant pests at one time or another. Insects can invade leaves, flowers or roots, devouring and destroying the plant. Commercially available poisons kill plant pests but are harmful to pets, children and the environment. An alternative is to make a homemade insecticide to kill and prevent pest infestations.

Pour 2 tbsps. of liquid dishwashing soap into the pitcher. If you want to make an organic insecticide, use an organic liquid soap.

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Herbs have long been revered for both their medicinal and culinary value. They may cure colds, help you sleep and add flavor and zest to dinner. Fortunately for home gardeners, growing herbs is relatively easy. They thrive in just about any type of soil, do not require much fertilizer, and are not often bothered by insect or disease pests.

Defined as a plant without a woody stem that dies back at the end of each growing season, herbs were once considered a gift of the gods. Elaborate ceremonies and rituals celebrated their growth, harvest and use. Today, herbs are popular in many home gardens, where their leaves are utilized for flavoring and an entire plant may be used for medicinal purposes.

With the right equipment, growing exotic and flavorful herbs is easy! At Planet Natural we have everything you need: pots ,  soils  and  seeds  to get started, plus grow lights to bring the green-giving magic of the sun indoors. Now, let’s grow!

The next generation solution replacing Success Naturalyte, Success ULTRA helps keep your garden plants from being attacked by common caterpillars plus other insect pests like thrips, codling moth, pear & cherry slug and citrus leaf miner.

Natural insecticide, with efficacy equivalent to synthetic products. It has activity by both contact and ingestion. Affects the nervous system of the insect.

Ensure that all foliage, including undersides of leaves is sprayed. Apply in the cool of the early morning or late evening. Insects will stop feeding immediately but may take up to three days to die.

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Scale is a problem with many houseplants. Scale insects suck sap from plants, robbing them of essential nutrients. Let’s learn more about identifying scale and how to control them.

Scale insects thrive in warm, dry environments. The scale bug is small, oval and flat, with a protective tan to brown shell-like covering (scale). Scale generally targets the undersides of leaves and around leaf joints.

Scales, both armored and soft, are the most destructive. Armored scales are more difficult to control once mature. Soft scale bugs excrete large amounts of honeydew , which encourages the growth of sooty mold , a black-colored fungus that interferes with photosynthesis . Mealybugs are easier to control. Scales cannot fly so, dispersal depends on the movement of crawlers. Crawlers may be detected by placing double-sticky tape on plant branches.

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