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Pest Care Guide

Pest Care Guide

Welcome to your pest care guide- we show you the most common pests and how to control them.

Aphids

Sap-sucking insect

Remedies

  • Organic: Ludwig’s Insect Spray, Biogrow Bioneem, Biogrow Vegol
  • Non-organic: Efekto Aphicide, Efekto Rosecare, Makhro Plantcare

Aphids come in a large variety of shapes and colours and have many natural predators.

 

Psylla

Sap sucking insect

Remedies

  • Organic: Biogrow Neudosan
  • Non-organic: Protek Koinor, Efekto Aphicide

Although unsightly, only a severe infestation will affect the health of the plant.

 

Scale

Sap sucking insect

Remedies

  • Organic: Biogrow Pyrol, Makhro Sk Eco Oil, Efekto Oleum
  • Non-organic: Efekto Insecticide Granules, Plant Protector

Occur on ornamentals as well as vegetables and fruit.

 

Lily Borer

Caterpillar

Remedies

  • Organic: Margaret Roberts Caterpillar Insecticide
  • Non-organic: Cypermethrin, Protek Knox Worm

Prevalent in plants of the Lily family, especially Amaryllids

 

Chafer Beetle

Leaf-eating insect

Remedies

  • Organic:   Ludwig’s Insecticide
  • Non-organic: Karba Spray , Efekto Garden Gun, Starke Ayres Garden Insect Spray

 

Active at night in summer.  Prevalent on roses, vegetables and birches.

 

Redspider Mite

Remedies

  • Organic: Biogrow Pyrol, Makhro Organicide, Efekto Eco Fungimite
  • Non-organic: Makhro Plantcare , Efekto Rosecare

Fine red lacy appearance on undersides of leaves.

 

Woolly Mite

Sap sucking insect

Remedies

  • Organic: Biogrow Vegol, Biogrow Bioneem, Ludwig’s Insect Spray
  • Non-organic: Efekto Aphicide, Insecticide Granules, Garden Gun

Winged Aphids with a white waxy covering resembling wool

 

Whitefly

Sap sucking bug

Remedies

  • Organic: Margaret Roberts Insecticide, Biogrow Pyrol
  • Non-organic: Makhro Plantcare, Efekto Plant Protector

Looks like a white powder underneath leaves, but will fly off if leaf is shaken.

 

Powdery Mildew

Remedies

Fungal disease

Organic:  Ludwig’s Copper Count, Margaret Roberts Organic Fungicide, Biogrow Copper Soap

Non-organic:  Efekto Rosecare , Funginex, Verikop

Looks like spots of white powder mostly on upper surfaces of leaves.

 

Black Spot

Fungal disease

Remedies

  • Organic: Ludwig’s Copper Count, Margaret Roberts Organic Fungicide, Biogrow Copper Soap
  • Non-organic: Efekto Rosecare , Funginex, Verikop

Dark spots of dead tissue on leaves.

 

Snails and slugs

Molluscs

Remedies

  • Organic: Biogrow Ferramol, Efekto Eco Snail & Slug Trap
  • Non-organic: Efekto Snailban , Snailflo

Create a habitat for natural enemies and rectify soil pH.

 

Thrips

Sap sucking insect

Remedies

  • Organic: Ludwig’s Insect Spray, Efekto Eco Insect Control
  • Non-organic: Cypermethrine, Malasol

Can appear as tiny, winged insects or pale worms.

 

Be kind.  Remember that bees and butterflies and other beneficial insects like ladybirds, hover flies and lace-wing flies that feed on these pests, will also be affected by the above products, even some of those that are organic.  Given a chance, nature will always return to a place of balance.  Give her a helping hand by trying a few healthy gardening habits:

  1. Healthy soil =Healthy plants that will be more resistant to pests and diseases. Only use top quality organic compost and fertilisers.
  2. Maintain a balanced soil pH and mulch richly.
  3. Practice companion planting to repel and confuse pests or plant decoy plants to attract pests away from your plants.
  4. Create biodiversity by planting a wide variety of plants that flower throughout the year to attract various types of beneficial insects.
  5. Practice crop rotation in the vegetable garden and use protective netting against pests and birds.
  6. Revise how and when you water the garden – mornings are best and some plants don’t tolerate water on their leaves.
  7. Make sure plants are placed in the aspect they prefer, e.g. full sun, morning sun or shade. Plants won’t stress and will be less prone to diseases and pests.
  8. Try removing the pests by picking them manually or picking leaves or other the parts of the plants they are on. A strong spray of water directed at pests on sturdy plants can also take care of the problem.

There will always be a certain amount of pests in the garden – they’re simply doing what nature intended for them to do!  If, however, there are more than you or your plant can tolerate and the potential damage is too high, try starting with the least harmful control method.

Visit the Plant Doctor department at Lifestyle Home Garden and speak to one of our very knowledgeable info staff members for a solution to your gardening challenges.

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