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23 Jan Thrips

Description: Thrips are the secret agents of the plant pest world. They are small at generally only 1-2mm long and lurk in sheltered positions either deep in flower buds or the undersides of leaves where they go undetected. Thrips come in various colours from yellow,...

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23 Jan Lawn Armyworm

Description: These pests are actually a caterpillar with their adult form being a moth and not a worm at all. The caterpillars are dark brown with lighter striping lengthways and around 50mm in length when fully grown. They hide of an evening deep in the...

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23 Jan Curl Grub

Description: White grubs with orange heads and greyish tail ends of around 40mm in length. These are the larvae of various beetles (including Christmas Beetles) and typically curl into a ‘c’ shape when removed from the soil. Damage Caused: Curl grubs pose a problem in the...

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23 Jan Whitefly

Description: Whitefly can cause great damage in the vegetable garden, but are also a pest of some ornamental species. The adults are white with a wingspan of around 3mm and cluster on the underside of leaves where they suck on the plants sap system, as...

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23 Jan Ants

Description: Ants need no introduction but there are many different species of various sizes and colours that are common in the garden. The main way that they attract the attention of gardeners is when they either disturb our pots or paving or our enjoyment of...

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22 Jan Grow your own at Home

There are so many amazing health benefits to be had by growing your own fresh produce at home. Indeed many of these benefits can be gained long before the produce grown even hits your plate. It has been proven that cultivation of plants can be attributed...

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19 Jan Mealybug

Description: Mealybugs are one of the harder common insect pests to eradicate in either the garden or in potted plants. Their pale pink bodies are covered in waxy threads and powdery wax and often get diagnosed as a fungal problem. Damage Caused: Mealybugs suck on the plants sap...

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19 Jan Citrus Leafminer

Description: This pest is more easily identified by the damage it causes than the insect itself.  The adult form of this pest is a small moth of about 5mm wingspan that lays its eggs onto citrus young citrus leaves during the night. The larvae that hatch...

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19 Jan Cineraria Leafminer

Description: This pest is more easily identified by the damage it causes than the insect itself.  The adult form of this pest is a small fly of about 2mm that lays its eggs into the underside of leaves of plants such as Cineraria, Chrysanthemums, Nasturtiums and...

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19 Jan Azalea Leafminer

Description: As with most leaf mining insects this pest is more easily identified by the damage it causes than the insect itself.  The adult form of this pest is a small moth with around 10mm wingspan that lays its eggs along the midrib of Azalea leaves....

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