6 Best Gnat Repellents of 2019 (Ranked & Reviewed)

Gnat Repellent

Gnats are annoying creatures and most people have an aversion to these infuriating insects. These pesky insects are common in about every part of the world. No matter what type of species it is, yet their annoying buzzing sound is a real nuisance for everyone. When the muggy weather comes, it equally accompanies the arrival …

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Tent Caterpillars: Controlling and Prevention

Tent Caterpillars Prevention

Eastern tent caterpillars are common in the eastern regions in the United States of America. Otherwise known as tent worms, they are more of a nuisance than an actual threat. Because these worms have a tendency to multiply in quick time, it is imperative to control them as soon as possible to prevent their infestation. This is a major step in the direction of tent caterpillar control.

Most people tend to confuse tent worms with fall webworms. However, there are some differences between the two species of worms, both in terms of appearance and a number of other features. Known for being active towards the beginning of the spring season, tent worms prefer to build nests in the branches of trees. They either prefer ornamental fruit trees or wild cherry trees for the purpose. Also, they are adept at nesting in the forks of maple and willow trees

By and large, tent worms do not cause any major issue except for infestation. However, when left unchecked, they can multiply in large numbers, thereby giving one a hard time to bring the situation back to normal at the subsequent stages. By building colonies, tent caterpillars can have an adverse effect on trees, besetting them in several ways. For instance, trees that get affected by the multiplication of tent worms not only show a lack of growth but also become susceptible to a number of other diseases. More often than not, it generally happens with deciduous trees or shrubs.

Other than deciduous trees, such patterns are also common in neglected orchards or roadside trees. Apart from defoliation, the larvae of the worms are also known to produce tents or unsightly webs that can linger on the crotches of branches for several days. The webs offer an additional layer of protection to the worms from predators and a number of other elements that can affect their growth. This makes tent caterpillar control more complicated than what it appears to be on the surface.

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Tent Caterpillars Guide: Facts to Know

Tent Caterpillars Guide

Tent caterpillars are the caterpillars of various moths and butterfly classes. Scattered throughout the United States and Canada, these caterpillars augment quickly and can defoliate a substantial number of deciduous trees and plants in a short interval. They are usually observed on roadside trees and in deferred orchards.

There are basically three types of tent caterpillars:

  1. The forest tent caterpillars
  2. The western tent caterpillars
  3. The eastern tent caterpillars

The forest tent caterpillars have light blue coloured stripes running down their backs and have a blue coloured head whereas the eastern tent caterpillars have white coloured stripes on their backs. On the other hand, the western tent caterpillars are reddish brown in colour and have a mixture of orange and blue coloured spots in their backs. These western caterpillars further grow up as an adult and inhibit yellow coloured linings on their wings.

Other than defoliation, the worms create large hideous webs, or tents, in the corners of tree branches. These trellises are used to shield the caterpillars from predators. Although tent damage is repulsive, infestations seldom endanger the longevity of trees.

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Spined Soldier Bug-Lifecycle, Identification and Benefits

Get Rid of Spined Soldier Bug

Spined soldier bug, scientifically known as “Podisus maculiventris” is a common insect species found in several regions of North America. They are commonly beneficial for their predator nature over the beetle larvae like the Mexican bean beetle, Colorado potato beetle, and especially the gypsy moth caterpillars which are active crop destroyers.

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How to Get Rid of Thrips Naturally and Quickly

Get Rid of Thrips Naturally

In the world of advancement and updation, everyone wants to achieve the maximum results out of the available resources. If you are interested in trying your hands-on to gardening techniques, or if growing plants and trees are a part of your work. Then you must be aware of how to get rid of thrips. Thrips are very tiny white creatures that naturally get stick to the leaves of plants and vegetation. It is not an easy process, which can be done by anyone. Since it requires a lot of things to be managed by the gardener. In order to make sure that you are choosing the most appropriate strategy, for sorting out the problem of thrips. It does not happen overnight and requires a natural remedy to be followed. In order to make sure, that you are able to capture the real threats and it can be easily finished.

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Thrips: Detailed Introduction for Knowing This Pest

Detailed Introduction for thrips

When you try to figure out what are thrips, you can receive a lot of different answers because there are more than 6,000 species that have are already known. Most thrips species are pests of commercially grown plants. They mostly feed on plants by sucking their nutrients although some of them are known to be predators too. Thrips damage substantial swathes of agricultural land, and therefore, it is essential to keep them in control.

In a suitable environment, like in a greenhouse, thrips can multiply exponentially and create large swarms because they can reproduce asexually. They do not have any natural predator, and hence it also aids in their multiplication making them an inconvenience for humans. Identifying them by their characteristic morphology is not very easy, and one should go through thrips lifecycle for a better understanding.

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Mealybugs: Lifecycle, Types, Damages and Ways to Control Them

Mealybug Ladybird larva, Cryptolaemus montrouzeri - 6

Mealybugs are unarmored sap-feeding insects that you can find in places with warm and moist climatic condition. It is an insect from the family of Pseudococcidae and infests an array of greenhouse and house plants. It is a pest that sucks sap from plants and feeds on the plant juices as well as subtropical trees. It is also a carrier of many plant diseases. Usually, it makes a plant weak by secreting a sticky substance called honeydew, on the plant foliage. Gradually, the accumulation of honeydew develops into the formation of sooty molds.

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10 Natural Ways to Get Rid Of Whiteflies

Natural Remedies

Have you ever shaken a plant just to see a whole troop of whiteflies dropping down from the leaves? If you happened to see such a sight, then it is an alarming call for your plants as they can be under high risk. Whitefly problems in the garden is a common issue that you can find if you have a beautiful garden or yard.

Whiteflies are white colored tiny insects, or you may call it pests as well which can infect the plants in your yards and garden. These flies belong to the Hemoptera family and are often coined the name of aphid’s cousins. There are about thousands of different whitefly breeds that can infect plants and trees. These can hamper your plants and change the beautiful landscape of the green fresh-leaved trees into brown and wilted ones if these insects happen to feed on your plants.

These whiteflies are white colored winged insects with a soft body and are also known as Aleyrodidae. They are very small in size, and you cannot predict these insects to be there on your plants until you closely vigil your plants. They are so tiny in their build that they are camouflaged, and you cannot spot them easily. They are usually one-twelfth of an inch in size and have a triangular body shape. They are most active during the day and reproduce during winters. They can damage the houseplants to a great extent though it may take a long time to destroy a plant entirely.

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10 Ways to Control Red Spider Mites by Organic Methods

ways to control red spider mites

Have you ever heard of red spider mites? Are you wondering about What is a Red Spider Mite? Have you ever seen small little red coloured insects on the plant leaves? If you just sighted some moving dust like moving insects, then you have probably sighted red spider mites. These red spider mites are tiny sucking pests that can harm your plants. They are considered as a garden pest and can infect your plants causing them to deteriorate and result in poor health of the plants. Spider mites can be categorized into two categories the Southern red spider mites and the European red spider mites. They can cause harm to the indoor and outdoor plants as well. They cause leaves discolouration, speckled plants, and bronze coloured leaves which affects the plants adversely. Not only can they harm the plants but God forbid if you get bitten by a red spider mite then it may cause you swelling on the bitten area and itching too thus it is essential that you get rid of these spider mites from your vicinity.  These red spider mites are highly active during summers and inactive during winters. In such a situation it is very necessary that you get rid of these red spider mites at an early stage before it obliterates your plants.  So continue reading to gain an insight about identifying red spider mites and ways to get rid of these tiny monsters.

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