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Common Garden Insects, Pictures, Habits And Control

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INSECT NAME

PICTURE ATTACK CONTROL METHOD PURCHASE
APHID Flowers (roses), plants Ladybugs,  malathion or diazinon

Live Ladybugs

Diazinon

Malathion Spray

 

COLORADO POTATO BEETLE Potato, pepper, eggplant, tomato Handpick, dust with diatomaceous earth Diatomaceous Earth Powder
POTATO FLEA BEETLE Vegetables Cultivate frequently, remove weeds, sprinkle hardwood ashes on plants 2-3 times/week   
WIREWORM/CLICK BEETLE

Corn, potato, beet, bean, lettuce, cabbage, carrot, onion, pea, turnip, onion, small grains, grass Rotate crops, lure with perforated potatoes impaled on sticks and buried 2-3 cm deep; shake "worms" out of them into soapy water every few days  
EUROPEAN EARWIG

Generally beneficial: eats decaying matter, insect larvae snails. etc, may attack dahlias, carnations, chrysanthemums, marigolds, food plants & strawberries Diatomaceous earth, diluted dish detergent sprayed directly on them Diatomaceous Earth Powder
CABBAGE MAGGOT

Cabbage family, beets, celery, turnip, broccoli, kale, cauliflower, brussels sprout  3 cm of hard wood ash in tin cans set into ground around stems  
CABBAGE WORM

Cabbage, lettuce, nasturtium, broccoli, cauliflower, kale,  turnip, brussels sprout Diatomaceous earth, handpick, sprinkle moist plants with wood ash, flour and salt mixture, sour milk or garlic infusion, Dipel® Diatomaceous Earth Powder

Dipel Dust

CORN EARWORM

Corn, tomato, bean, pepper, lettuce, eggplant, pea, potato, squash Dipel®, black light traps, dust with diatomaceous earth  Diatomaceous Earth Powder

Insect 110V Black Light

CUTWORM

Broccoli, brussels sprout, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, radish, turnip, corn, tomato, bean, pepper, squash 7-10 cm collars of cardboard, tin can or foil placed around plant stem when transplanting (at least 5 cm above and 3 cm below ground, handpick, Dipel® Dipel Dust
EASTERN TENT CATERPILLAR

Leaves of Wild cherry, wild plum, apple and other orchard and shade trees In spring, wipe newly spun webs off branches with kerosene-soaked cloth (not lit!) - in fall or winter, destroy egg-cases and cocoons  
EUROPEAN CORN BORER

 

Corn, eggplant, pepper, beet, bean, potato, tomato, chrysanthemum, dahlia, gladiolus Handpick, Dipel®, turn stems/stalks under in fall or shred and turn under in early spring Dipel Dust
JAPANESE BEETLE A wide variety of plant roots including ornamental trees and shrubs, garden and truck crops, and turf grasses Traps Japanese Beetle Trap
TOMATO HORNWORM

Tomato, pepper, eggplant, potato Handpick, repel with marigold, borage and parsley as companion plants  
SPINACH LEAF MINER

Spinach, sugar beet, chard, lettuce, carrot, celery, parsnip, celery Pick off affected leaves and burn or compost them, plant usually recovers, heavy watering, repelled by Queen Anne's lace, dill and parsley  
SLUG

Broccoli, brussels sprout, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, radish, turnip. potato, lettuce Diatomaceous earth on leaves, use strips of aluminum screening about 3 inches high, unweave the top two horizontal strands from one long edge and bend the exposed vertical strands to face outward The bottom edge is pushed about 1 inch into the soil. Diatomaceous Earth Powder
SQUASH BUG

Squash, pumpkins Sevin Sevin
STRIPED CUCUMBER BEETLE

Cucumber, squash, melons, pumpkin, beans,  Rotenone, Sevin, natural predators include soldier beetles, tachinid flies, braconid wasps and certain nematodes Sevin

Rotenone