Category Archives: Pests

Army-worms Devastated My Winter Garden

Army worms have been brutal this fall.  I never saw it coming.  The summer garden came and went and I then planted my fall garden.  The first planting grew nice and the seedlings grew to an inch or two, then overnight - yes, overnight, the seedlings were gone.  It took a few days of research and observation to realize it is army worms eating and destroying my garden. When I realized it was army worms, I knew to watch for them early in the morning and later in the evening because they usually Read more [...]

Io Moth Caterpillar – ouch

I walked and drove past this Mulberry tree for a week or so, while going up and down my driveway, and noticed massive leaf loss.  I didn't immediately do anything about it because I figured that it was the usual fall grasshopper destruction.  On my way down to the mailbox by the road, I decided to walk over to the 7 foot, second year Mulberry tree and check it out.  I was very surprised to see about 14 giant, green, prickly caterpillars. These things were about 4" long. They were covered with Read more [...]

White Flies – Minuscule Bug, Massive Damage

This past season I was plagued by White Flies, a new problem for me, especially in the greenhouse. The vicious end result of an explosion of white flies is the death of the plant.  The tiny, barely visible pests secrete a sticky substance called honeydew.  This honeydew causes fungus to grow on it and creates a black coating on the affected plant leaves.  This plant is a baby osage orange tree.  (The flies seem to especially like osage orange trees.)  Before you know what is happening, the Read more [...]

Is This A Squash Vine Borer?

I have seen several of these bugs flying around.  I don't think that they are squash vine borers - the wings look different from other squash vine borers I have smashed in the past. (I also don't know what that green think is in the top right corner on that marigold bud.) I had massive summer squash die off, but I don't think it was from squash vine borers, but it could have been. I don't know what to think. Next spring I will have to keep better tract of the stems of my squash. I use BT Read more [...]

Squash Bugs, Yuck

These were the first squash bug eggs of the season, back on May 7.  (Note the little baby pine trees - they are all over). Almost a month later, they are almost out of control.  It is very hard to look for and hand-squash the disgusting, smelly squash bug.  (I can only bring myself to squash the adult bugs with a pair of leather gloves on).  You can readily see the nymph damage - they suck the green life out of your leaves and you can see the holds and yellowing spots that form, and finally Read more [...]


I notice weird bumps on the stems of plants, especially wild blackberries. Doing a bit of research, they must be galls - tissue damage caused by insects.  I found quite a bit of information Here. It also gave me some enlightenment on odd bumps and such on my oaks and other things I have noticed in my woods.  This is probably the plant's attempt to replace tissue around insect damage. Read more [...]

A Final Peek Under The Hoops

Time to take the plastic off. This pic shows kale on the left side.  My notes read 'Vates Kale', but I didn't note the seed vender.  I like this kale.  A few carrots are in the very front right side.  The empty space after the carrots is where spinach was planted.  Under all 3 of my hoops this past winter, I had a real problem with aphids.  They, of course, never freeze out under the hoops - nothing freezes under the hoop.  A bit further back, with the red stems, are Detroit beets.  I don't Read more [...]

A Rascally Rabbit Is Attacking My Blueberries

Today when I was dumping some coffee grinds around a row of blueberry plants, I saw some rabbit droppings.  Looking around, I found a larger pile next to a blueberry plant that had been gnawed down to it's main branches - the cut branches were laying around the base of the plant.  I don't think there will be any fruit on that plant this next season.  (I know the pile of brush and tree scraps that it is living in - I'll deal with that rabbit later). I had to put an old roll of garden fence around Read more [...]

Squash Bugs – Nymphs and Their Damage

These pics are from a month ago, before the plants died off.  I have since gone on a malathion rampage to wipe out as many squash bugs as possible before they hide for the winter.  I do this every fall.  And it worked - I see very few squash bugs.  In a new post I will show what my replanted squash plants look like now - they are jumbo and beautiful with narry a squash bug.  The very few that I have seen, I can squash with a gloved hand. Here, I have circled 2 nymphs and a light spot on the Read more [...]

Cutworms? Something Is Loose In The Garden

These are new beds so for some reason I didn't expect to have a problem with cutworms.  Well, not so.  In at least 2 of my raised beds, I have numerous peppers that have been cut off at the ground.  I have also found a few cucumber seedlings and Chinese Long Red beans that have also been cut off. The picture shows the cinched stem there at the ground level.  That healthy green stem ends with a constriction and grayish tissue.  I have sprinkled diatomaceous earth around the pepper stems where Read more [...]