What’s eating your plant and how to save them using organic pesticide?
All of us always want our plants to be healthy and pest free. We also don’t want to use chemicals, and keep them organic and fresh. To do this, today we will tell you how certain pests can harm your plants, how to identify them and how can you prevent them…
Thrips are tiny insects about as fat as sewing needle that dine on many plants worldwide. Also known as thysanoptera or thunderflies, thrips are sucking insects that can cause some damage to plants. However, their damage can be much worse when they transmit viruses to plants.
- How do they harm your plant?
They suck plant juices and scrape fruits, flowers and leaves.Thrips damage also includes streaks, silvery speckling, and small white patches. This happens because the thrips suck plant cells from many garden plants, flowers, fruits, and shade trees. If you have a major infestation of thrips, your plants might be stunted with damaged flowers and fruit.
Adult thrips are elongate, slender, minute and have long fringes on the margins of both pairs of their long and narrow wings. Immatures are oblong or slender and elongate and lack their wings. Most thrips range in colors from translucent white or yellowish to dark brown or even black. A few species are also brightly colored, such as the distinctive reddish-orange larvae of the predatory thrips
If thrips are a suspected cause of plant damage, thrips adults and larvae can be monitored by branch beating or gently shaking foliage or flowers onto a light-colored sheet of paper, beating tray, or small cloth. For thrips that feed in buds or unexpanded shoot tips, clip off several plant parts suspected of harboring thrips.
Mites are actually arachnids and more closely related to spiders. They have eight legs and a two-segmented body. Mites on garden plants are difficult to diagnose due to their tiny size. Mites on houseplants may be easier to spot, as these are usually spider mites.
Mites damage crops by piercing plant cells with their mouthparts and sucking the plant juices. The first evidence of mite feeding, which usually can be seen on the top of the leaf, is a yellow or whitish spotting of the leaf tissues in areas where the mites are feeding on the lower leaf surface.
You can identify spider mite damage by looking on the undersides of leaves for tiny, rust-colored specks and webs. Plants with spider mite damage have a sickly appearance and, possibly, yellowing of the leaves.
You should remove badly infected parts of the plant immediately and control weeds around plants.
Aphids are among the most destructive pests on cultivated plants in temperate regions. They are the fear of many growers, as they can cause yellowing, mottled leaves, stunted growth, curled leaves, browning, low yields and even death in plants.
They can turn leaves yellow and stunt shoots; aphids can also produce large quantities of a sticky exudates known as honeydew, which often turns black with the growth of a sooty mold fungus. Some aphid species inject a toxin into plants, which causes leaves to curl and further distorts growth. A few species also cause gall formations.
Aphids have soft pear-shaped bodies with long legs and antennae and may be green, yellow, brown, red, or black depending on the species and the plants they feed on. A few species appear waxy or woolly due to the secretion of a waxy white or gray substance over their body surface. Most species have a pair of tubelike structures called cronicles projecting backward out of the hind end of their body.
Try spraying cold water on the leaves; sometimes all aphids need is a cool blast to dislodge them. Typically they are unable to find their way back to the same plant.
Whiteflies are tiny, sap-sucking insects that may become abundant in vegetable and ornamental plantings, especially during warm weather. They excrete sticky honeydew and cause yellowing or death of leaves.
Whiteflies damage plants by sucking the juices from new growth causing stunted growth, leaf yellowing and reduced yields. Plants become weak and susceptible to disease. Like aphids, whiteflies secrete honeydew, so leaves maybe sticky or covered with a black sooty mold. They are also responsible for transmitting several plant viruses.
- How to identify Whiteflies?
Whitefly adults are tiny insects with yellowish bodies and four whitish wings. Although adults of some species have distinctive wing markings, many species are most readily distinguished in the last nymphal stage, which is wingless and lacks visible legs. Depending on species, whitefly nymphs vary in color from almost transparent yellow or whitish to black with a white fringe.
Use a jet of water to blast whiteflies and wash them off your plants and leaves. You should then rub a weak solution of insecticidal soap onto the leaves in the late afternoon. Repeat this process every week to control and get rid of whiteflies.
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