|Want to Know How to Properly Find and Identify Greenhouse Garden Pests and Insects? This Post Should Help!|
Imagine that you were all excited to create a greenhouse garden. You fantasized about growing your very own vegetables and fruit.
Anyone can become a great gardener with the proper information!
Most of the harmful greenhouse pests will not be able to be seen by the naked eye, so you should purchase a magnifying glass.
Tip #1: Leave the Lady Bugs AloneIf you see lady bugs in your greenhouse, do not feel alarmed. Ladybugs eat the larvae of other insects and aphids.
Tip #2: Look Out for the White-FlyThe white fly is a small white, moth-like insect that feeds on the sap of plants, underside of leaves, and they carry a virus that is harmful to plants.
Tip #3: Watch Out for Spider MitesSpider mites are a common problem for gardeners.
Judging by its name, you may think that you should look for webs to spot spider mites. However, webs are a sign of a very bad infestation of spider mites. You don't want to allow it to get to that point before acting!
Remember that the earlier you catch nasty pests, the better off your garden will be.
Tip #4: Look Out for MealybugsMealybugs are tiny, spiny oval shaped insects that are a common greenhouse pest and are very destructive.
Mealybugs secrete a chemical called honeydew that ants enjoy eating. However, there are other greenhouse pests that also secrete honeydew. So, do not just assume you have mealybugs when you see ants. Further inspection will be required to narrow it down.
In order to get rid of mealybugs, manually remove the white cotton-like covering from the plants, because this is resistant to insecticides. Next, us a contact insecticide that contains malathion or a systemic insecticide. If the infestation is not severe, you will be able to manually pick the mealybugs off with tweezers.
Tip #5: Watch Out for Soft ScalesSoft scales are wingless, headless insects that appear to be small flattened brown discs. The males have a pair of wings, but are rare to find as they only live for a few hours. Some species of soft scales are a different color, such as black. They also release honeydew, like the mealybugs.
White flies, spider mites, mealybugs, and soft scales are common greenhouse pests that you should know how to spot and exterminate. However, they are certainly not all of the possible insects you should be able to identify.
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Florida Greenhouse Pest Management Guide - http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/cv248
United States of America's Drought MonitorDrought Monitor: UNL.edu & the USDA (http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/)
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell UniversityImage Gallery of Greenhouse Pests and Diseases - By: Cornell Greenhouse Horticulture (http://www.greenhouse.cornell.edu/)
Publication By: Cornell
Department(s): Department of Horticulture; Greenhouse Horticulture
Address: 134A Plant Sciences Bldg, Ithaca, NY 14853 USA
Phone: 1 (607) - 255 - 4568 / Extension: 1789
Fax: 1 (607) - 255 - 9998 / Extension: 0599
School Abbreviation(s): n/a
UK Agriculture, Food, & Environment SchoolGreenhouse Ornamental Pest & Insect Control - http://www2.ca.uky.edu/entomology/entfacts/ef421.asp
Publication By: University of Kentucky
Department(s): College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment
School Abbreviation(s): UKAg or UK
Other Great Resources on Dealing with Insects, Pests, and Other Common Problems:
"Integrated Pest Management: Greenhouse Pest Management is Making Pennsylvania’s Greenhouse Industry More Profitable"
School / Organization: Pennsylvania Government, Department of Agriculture
Download URL: http://www.agriculture.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/gateway/PTARGS_0_2_24476_10297_0_43/AgWebsite/Files/Publications/Integrated%20Pest%20Management.pdf
Total Pages: 21
School / Organization: University Extension Tennessee
Download URL: https://utextension.tennessee.edu/publications/documents/pb1594.pdf
"Greenhouse Pests: Insects & Pests" by David J. Shetlar, Ph.D. aka The “BugDoc”
Publication E-Book Title: Greenhouse Pests: Insect & Mite Pests
School / Organizations: Ohio State University, OARDC, and OSU Extension.
Sub-Association Extensions: OARDC & OSU Extension
Written by: David J. Shetlar, Ph.D. aka The “BugDoc”
Institution: The Ohio State University
Location: Columbus, OH
Copyright Date: © November, 2003, D.J. Shetlar
Download URL: http://bugs.osu.edu/~bugdoc/Shetlar/462/pdf/greenhousepests.PDF
Common Diseases and Pests found in Greenhouse ProductionClass: HLT 203
Building: Front Range
Educational Facilitator: Colorado State University: Cooperative Extension
School Type: Community College
Instructor: Laura Pottorff
Download PDF: http://www.coopext.colostate.edu/adams/gh/pdf/HLT203-CDGP.pdf
Skinner, M, C. Frank and R. Valentine. 2011. Aphid Banker Plant System for Greenhouse IPM, Sept by Step.