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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

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Caterpillars – Garden Pest of the Month

Caterpillars at a glance Type of Damage Chewing Plant Symptoms Holes in fruits, missing leaves, eaten leaves, ‘felled’ seedlings Favourite Plant Most food crops, especially tomatoes, fruit trees, grapes, citrus, sweet potato, Solanum family Control Biological (predators: wasps, mantids, assassin bugs & chickens), else physical removal Quick Intro Caterpillars are regarded as one of the… Continue reading Caterpillars – Garden Pest of the Month

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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

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Mediterranean Fruit Fly – Pest of the Month

Fruit Fly at a glance Type of Damage Chewing & secondary bacterial rot Plant Symptoms Misshaped fruits, up to 100% crop loss! Favourite Plant Several fruiting trees, vines & shrubs Occurrence Year-round in areas with mild winters (SA) Distribution Worldwide Control Difficult, chemical lures main control method, else avoid planning susceptible crops during fruit fly… Continue reading Mediterranean Fruit Fly – Pest of the Month

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Pest Control: Biological control; organic & green recipes

My philosophy on pest control: Effective – preferably works with the first treatment Environmental and people friendly – do not want to kill off all the helpers in the garden and certainly do not want to poison myself or wait for two weeks for the chemicals to degrade before harvesting Cheap and sustainable – made… Continue reading Pest Control: Biological control; organic & green recipes