|Garden Pest||Target||Potential Damage||Natural Predators||Small Infestation Control Methods|
|Spider Mites||Live on the undersides of leaves of plants where they spin protective webs.||Large infestations can cause visible damage and sometimes kill young plants.||Ladybugs and lacewings.||Prune leaves and stems that have webbing and dispose of in the trash to avoid spread.|
|Codling Moth Larvae||Bore into the center of fruits, mainly apples and pears.||Loss of fruit yield and unsightly damage to a crop.||Beneficial nematodes, wasps and birds.||Scrape loose bark from trees in early spring to disrupt the lifecycle. Use a kaolin clay-water mixture before moths arrive to prevent the larvae from feeding.|
|Scale||Common on trees, shrubs and greenhouse plants and can be found on any part of a plant.||Large populations can result in poor growth and yellowed leaves. If left unabated, they can kill a plant.||Ladybugs and lacewings.||Prune and dispose of infested branches, twigs and leaves. Rub or pick off by hand. Orange oil/d-limonene can be effective when rubbed onto scale insects.|
|White Fly||Live on the undersides of leaves in thick crowds.||With large infestations, plants become weak and are more susceptible to disease.||Ladybugs and lacewings.||Yellow sticky traps are helpful for monitoring and reducing adult populations. Hose off plants with a strong stream of water to reduce pest numbers.|
|Thrip||Found on many garden plants and feed on flowers, leaves and fruits.||Spread disease among garden plants. Large infestations can weaken a plant and make it more susceptible to other issues.||Pirate bugs, ladybugs and lacewings.||Ensure crop debris is cleared after harvest and remove weeds and grass from around susceptible areas. Hose off plants with a strong stream of water to reduce pest numbers.|
|Vine Weevil Larvae||Common on ornamental plants and damage leaves by chewing.||The larvae cause the most damge as they tunnel through the roots of a plant and can cause wilt or death.||Beneficial nematodes.||Do not over water or over mulch to avoid overly moist soil, which they prefer. Use Diatomaceous Earth on the ground near effected plants.|
|Cabbage worm||Feed on the leaves and stems of brassica and other cabbage-family crops.||The worm can quickly destroy an entire plant by chewing holes in the leaves.||Beetles, spiders, wasps, lacewings and birds.||Hand pick the worms as soon as you notice them. Apply Bacillus Thuringinsis to leaves where worms are seen.|
|Tomato Hornworm||Feed on the leaves and stems of tomato, potato and pepper plants.||They can consume entire leaves rather quickly that can weaken a plant and reduce growth.||Lacewings, ladybugs and wasps.||Hand pick the worms as soon as you notice them. Apply Bacillus Thuringinsis to leaves where worms are seen.|
|Aphid||Feed on the leaves and stems of many outdoor plants.||Low to moderate numbers are not generally harmful. Heavy infestations can cause leaf curl, wilt or stunted plant growth.||Ladybugs and lacewings.||Pinch or prune off infested parts of the plant. Hose off plants with a strong stream of water to reduce pest numbers.|
|Leafhopper||Feed by puncturing the undersides of leaves.||Transmit a number of plant diseases that can cause leaf curl, low vigor and yellowing.||Pirate bugs, ladybugs and lacewings.||Ensure crop debris is cleared after harvest and remove weeds and grass from around susceptible areas. Floating row covers can help protect plants during critical stages.|
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