I have noticed little black flies around my houseplants. What are they?
It sounds like you are describing Fungus gnats. Fungus gnats are common pests in houseplants throughout the U.S.
I have browsed your web site trying to find out what household pest I have. To me, the pest looks to be fruit flies in my houseplants but, the only thing that I could find that looks similar is Fungus gnats. Do Fungus gnats look like fruit flies?
Often times Fruit files are mistaken for Fungus gnats. Fungus gnats are black or dark brown flies and measure approximately a sixth of an inch. They look somewhat like tiny mosquitoes because when flying their legs are noticeably long and gangly. Fruit flies tend to be bigger than Fungus gnats. Fruit flies measure approximately an eighth of an inch and are plumper and easier to see than a small Fungus gnats.
I have small, green worms on my cabbage and cauliflower and they are eating holes in all the leaves. What are they and what can I use to save my vegetables?
These worms are most likely cabbage loopers. Apply Bonide’s Thuricide or Captain Jack's Dead Bug Brew, as they both contain a bacteria that the worms (caterpillars) will ingest and then die. It works very well on worms and caterpillars without harming beneficial insects. These two products can be used up to day of harvest on cabbage and cauliflower.
There are several large, green worms eating the leaves of my tomato plants. What kind of worm is this and how do I get rid of it?
This large caterpillar is most likely a tomato hornworm. To control them, apply Bonide’s Thuricide or Captain Jack's Dead Bug Brew, as they both contain a bacteria that the worms (caterpillars) will ingest and then die. It works very well on worms and caterpillars without harming beneficial insects. These two products can be used up to day of harvest on tomatoes.
My lawn is dying and in the dead areas, the grass mat pulls easily from the soil. What is the problem and how can I solve it before I lose my entire lawn?
Chances are you have grubs, the larvae stage of Japanese, or June Beetles. To make sure, you need to dig into the soil along the edge of the affected area. These worms are white with a brown head and will be curled up in the shape of the letter C. If you find them apply, Bonide Annual Grub Beater, Eight Insect Control, Systemic Insect Spray RTS or Insect and Grub, according to the label’s directions.
We have a problem with mosquitoes, not only flying around, but in our shrubbery. Can I effectively control them?
Since mosquitoes are flying insects, it can be harder to control them. With timely pesticide applications, using Mosquito Beater Ready to Spray, Eight Insect Control Yard & Garden, or Malathion in the early morning or late afternoon in and around shrubs, lawns and other areas where mosquitoes congregate, control can be achieved. Look for areas that retain water and drain them, as this is where the mosquitoes breed.
Recently I planted some bedding plants in my flower garden and several days later noticed they were cut off at the ground, what caused this?
Cutworms are most likely the culprits. They feed on young plants and will eat through the stems causing the plants to lie down like they have been cut. Apply Eight Insect Control Vegetable Fruit & Flower, Garden Dust, Eight Garden Dust, Dragoon Dust or Captain Jack's Dead Bug Brew Dust around the base of the plants to control these soil pests.