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A friend recently showed me a photograph (left) of his rotting plum tree, with woodlice crawling around the affected area. Were the woodlice a pest, and how should he get rid of them? This reminded me of a plum tree in my own family garden when I
Yesterday I discovered cuckoo spit on my red valerian (Centranthus ruber). It's considered a pest by many gardeners, but, for me, it's a symbol of great achievement: I've successfully converted a barren, paved courtyard into a lush, green (albeit
to be relatively common. And second they have to have some impact on humans: they have to be pretty or sinister, pest or helper, biter or worth eating. In other words, they have to get noticed. Tachina fera is large, but it has the secretive life style of searching
have dropped low enough to kill off some overwintering pests such as the woolly aphid I discovered on my apple trees last summer. The problem is that frost isn't that discerning, and unless beneficial insects like ladybirds are even hardier, or have
Hi am in need of some advice on the state of my willow tree. It's as though something has been eating my leaves and only on the one side not all of it. Im wondering if I should spray something on it? Or will it do even more damage? Any advice would be appreciated! X Yes, you c...
this year.Although pollen beetles are no great pest, they can nibble the edges of unopened flowers. I've seen a few of them about, but for the first time, I've not had to shake the bunches of sweet peas to remove whole families of pollen beetles, or shine a
I'm always slightly perplexed when I hear someone talking about woodlice as if they were garden pests. My garden is full of the critters, but I've never even had need to raise my voice at them. They crowd around the flowerpots, under logs and stones
It sounds like bacterial canker. Full description and treatment options here. Oh no - I've noticed holes in the leaves of my young cherry tree too. Been out to have a look at the trunk but can't see any oozing or dead patches. Could there be any other reasons for holes in the l...
The larval form of a Lepidopteran. They are voracious phytophagous feeders and considered a pest.
An insect that attacks plant roots. This pest can be controlled using pesticides.