Pest Management News From PPM - October, 2014
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Pest Management For Your Garden
Spring is upon us and as we venture back into our gardens once more there are several pest management issues that you can deal with all on your own with a few trusted home remedies. Over the next couple of months PPM will show you how to take care of some of the more common pests you'll come across in your garden.
We'll begin with a pesky little insect that a lot of people may be familiar with, the Aphid.
Aphids are soft-bodied insects, typically 1 to 4 millimeters in length, and can be coloured anywhere from yellow, to green, to black. They can be found all around your garden on roses, hibiscus, citrus trees and vegetable plants.
Aphids are a pest because of two factors:
A secondary problem caused by the presence of honeydew is the attraction of ants.
Aphid Pest Management
A quick and easy way to deal with Aphids is to simply spray the infested plant with your garden hose in an effort to dislodge them from the plant. This only works temporarily, however, so you'll have to blast them a few times a week to keep them at bay.
A longer lasting method is to create a spray with some everyday items from the kitchen.
Black Scale are small black insects, usually found on citrus plants, olive trees and vines, that cover the plants' leaves and stems. A small amount is nothing of concern but when too much of the planets' leaves are covered not enough sunshine gets through which leads to stunted growth.
Additionally, as with our Aphids friends, Black Scale will sap nutrients from plants and excrete honeydew attracting ants and Sooty Mould.
Black Scale Pest Management
If you only notice a small spread of Black Scale on your plants you can try a physical remedy by brushing them off with a knife or toothbrush.
If the infestation is more widespread, however, you can make a spray to take care of the problem.