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    Powdery Mildew Defense

    Powdery mildew is a fungal disease that causes a white coating on leaves, stems, and flowers of plants. Powdery mildew attacks beans, peas, lettuce, cucumbers, melons, pumpkins, squash and other plants including many annual and perennial flowers and shrubs. Powdery mildew fungal spores germinate on the dry surface of leaves when humidity is high and […] More

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    Corn Earworm Controls

    Corn earworms are caterpillars that chew into the kernels just inside the husks of ripening ears of corn. Corn earworms also chew tomato fruits from the blossom end, eat into bean pods, and nibble lettuce. Earworms also attacks okra and squash. The corn earworm is a white, green, brown, or red caterpillar with spines. It […] More

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    Tomato Hornworm Controls

    Tomato hornworms eat large, ragged holes in tomato leaves, easily consuming whole leaves. Hornworms also eat stems and green fruit, and if they arrive early enough in the season seedlings and young plants. Tomato hornworms feed not only on tomatoes but also peppers, eggplants, and potatoes—any member of the nightshade family. The best way to […] More

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    Cucumber Beetle and Corn Rootworm Controls

    Cucumber beetles—spotted and striped—eat a variety of crops, not just cucumbers. Cucumbers, corn, lima and snap beans, melons, peas, pumpkins, potatoes, sweet potatoes, peanuts, eggplant, tomatoes, summer and winter squash—cucumber beetles feed on more than 280 plants. They feed on leaves and flowers and tunnel into fruit; early in the season they eat young seedlings. […] More

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    Lady Beetle: Beneficial Insect

    Lady beetles in their larval and adult stages eat aphids, mealy bugs, soft scales, psyllids (jumping plant lice), whiteflies, mites, and other pest insects. One lady beetle can eat nearly 1,000 aphids in its lifetime. There are about 4,000 species of lady beetles worldwide and about 400 in North America. Perhaps the best known is […] More