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Garden Pests in Arizona to Watch Out For In the Fall

Yes, it is that time again, time to work in the yard, plant and keep up the flowers, work on the gardening, grow some vegetables and get that garden going, but that also means there will be little critters that want to get in on the action. It can be hard to know what kind of bugs they are and how to deal with them without harming the things you are growing. Hopefully I can help you with that and make this time of year a little easier for you. Contact Green Home Pest Control for fall specials!!

LEAF-SKELETONIZERLet’s start with the ones that get in your grass and your trees, one well known pest is the LEAF SKELETONIZER. In the fall, they attack your plants and garden and they eat anything they get near. The moth larvae, looks like a caterpillar and sucks the life from the leaves of your plants and keeps new leaves from growing. You can tell when they attack because your plants will leave behind only a ‘skeleton’ of the leaves and they attack your garden as well. They are difficult to get rid of but you can use Dipel Dust or Thuricide can stop them from doing more damage.

APHIDS are nasty little white, yellow or a dark color bug and will stop new trees and new plants from growing. You can use insecticide soaps or try Triple Action to get rid of them but a stronger product is Permethrin based products or Malthion. They usually appear in the fall and spring so you can spray for them during both seasons and try to keep them from doing too much damage. Use rhubarb leaves because they are poisonous to aphids, make 1a tea by pouring boiling hot water over broken up rhubarb leaves and let it sit for 2-3 days. Strain it then add about a tablespoon or so of dish detergent and water down enough so it looks like light tea and spray over the infested plants. Repeat every week and a half, also try chilli or garlic sprays.

APHIDS-300x201WHITE FLYS are very similar to the Aphids, they eat the juices from the plants and make a sticky glue like substance called ‘Honeydew’ that makes plants weak and causes fungus on the leaves. They are very small (1/12 of an inch) and hide in little groups on the underside of all the leaves. A large problem is that they lay a large amount of eggs that can develop into pests a small amount of time. You need to spray for them when you first see signs of them because WHITE FLYS develop rapidly in warm weather; sometimes whiteflies can transfer viruses to some vegetable crops. Use dish detergent or oil to cover their wings so they can’t fly, mix about 1-2 tsps. detergent with 1 ltr. of water (15oz), or 1/2 cup of cheap salad oil with 1 ltr. of water with a splash of washing detergent. Spray it all over the infected plants, including the underside of the leaves if possible.

CABBAGE-WORM-300x199CABBAGE WORM and CABBAGE LOOPER CATERPILLERS eat holes in vegetables like kale, cabbage, tomatoes, broccoli, potatoes, cucumbers, and Brussel sprouts. Some plants you can try running your fingers and your thumb over the leaves and squash the eggs and pick off the caterpillars, you can also spray garlic fire or molasses and spray weekly. A caterpillar goes through several stages then spins a cocoon and attaches to a plant leaf where it sits. It will come out in a week as a new butterfly or moth and lays its eggs on a leaf. The eggs hatch in a few days and become caterpillars and it starts over. To stop this, mix one tbsp. of molasses with a ltr. of hot water, add a tsp. of liquid dish detergent and mix in a spray bottle. Spray the mix on the top and bottom of the leaves once every week. You can also mix 1 part vinegar with 3 parts water then add a tsp. of liquid dish detergent and mix in a spray bottle. Spray the leaves on the top and the bottom to kill off bugs.

These are just a few of the pesky pests that will mess with your garden. Hopefully I covered the main ones and can help with saving your garden this year.

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