Biological Control · Insect · Pest Control · Profile

Spiders: Biological Control – Garden Critter of the Month

Spiders at a glance Occupation: Predator Value to Gardener: 5/5 - Pest Controller! Danger to Humans: 4/5 – Some are very poisonous Availability: 5/5 – They’ll arrive in your garden Quick Intro Most people shriek at the sight of a spider and try their very best to stomp it out of existence. I believe that… Continue reading Spiders: Biological Control – Garden Critter of the Month

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Scale Insects – Pest of the Month

 Scale at a glance   Type of Damage Pierce-sucking Plant Symptoms Stunted growth, leaf drop, leaf curl, death Favourite Plant Many trees and shrubs, citrus especially Occurrence Year-round in areas with mild winters (SA) Distribution Worldwide Control Moderate: physical control and preventative measures preferable, biological control agents available   Quick Intro Scale insects are found… Continue reading Scale Insects – Pest of the Month

Biological Control · Insect · Pest Control · Profile

Wasps: Biological Control – Garden Critter of the Month

Wasps at a glance Occupation: Predator Value to Gardener: 5/5 - Pest Controller and Pollinator Danger to Humans: 4/5 – They can sting when provoked Availability: 5/5 – They’ll arrive or you can buy some Quick Intro The wasp is likely an under appreciated garden helper. They are one of a few insects that duel… Continue reading Wasps: Biological Control – Garden Critter of the Month

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Dangers of Snail Bait – Please don’t use Snail Bait

Snail Bait Pellets   This post isn't related to the threat of snail bait to your garden, but rather your pets. At the end of September 2014 we had to rush one of our cats, Diesel to the Veterinary emergency room with a suspected poisoning. I am quickly going to list the warning signs as… Continue reading Dangers of Snail Bait – Please don’t use Snail Bait

Insect · Pest · Pest Control · Profile

Leafhoppers – Garden Pest of the Month

Leafhoppers at a glance Type of Damage Pierce-sucking Plant Symptoms Browning & curling of leaf edges Favourite Plant Tomatoes & Potatoes Control Biological (predators: spiders & mantids) Quick Intro These jumping insects are common in the garden, especially around the Acacia trees in our garden. Not only do they attack plants, but they lower the… Continue reading Leafhoppers – Garden Pest of the Month

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Insectary: Beneficial Insects & Garden Security Force

The Wildlife Garden - How to attract beneficial insects to your garden Integrative Pest Management (IPM) is the use of multiple pest preventative measures, such as diverse crop planting, crop rotation, green manures and responsible pesticide use. Enlisting the help of beneficial insects is also used to control pest populations and improve crop production.   Insectaries… Continue reading Insectary: Beneficial Insects & Garden Security Force

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Pest Control & Pesticide Resistance: Mechanisms & Prevention

  Pests are considered resistant to a certain chemical compound (natural or synthetic compounds) when it is no longer killed or adversely affected by the chemical. Most pesticides target biological systems in order to control pest populations – “control” meaning: to reduce pest populations to levels that do not cause great plant - or economical… Continue reading Pest Control & Pesticide Resistance: Mechanisms & Prevention