Target Pests


 Defend Your Garden Against Pests 

A failed pesticide screening can kill your entire crop
just as readily as the pests that are attacking it.
You have alternatives to controlling pests with chemicals.
Beneficial insects and predatory mites can help.

Click on one of the target pests below for more information
about how to control for this pest in your garden.

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  • What to look for: Reduced growth, honeydew, and ants
  • Phenomenal reproductive rate
  • Success with biocontrols requires an early start



Broad Mites


  • What to Look for: New growth that is distorted
  • Small size makes identification difficult
  • Distinctive eggs look like they are covered in 'jewels'



Fungus gnats

  • What to look for: Gnats hovering above, or walking on soil
  • Black-headed larvae feed on roots
  • Fungus gnats love chronically wet soils


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  • What to look for: Leaf margins that curl upward or turn yellow
  • Easily spread on infested clones, clothing, or in the wind
  • Invisible to the naked eye



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  • What to look for: Leaf chlorosis (yellowing) and reductions in yield
  • Feed on roots and plant stems
  • Spread primarily through contaminated soil





Spider Mites

  • What to look for: Leaf stippling and webbing
  • Spider mites thrive in high heat and low humidity




  • What to look for: Silvery flecks or scarring on leaves, black specks of frass
  • Complicated lifecycle requires an integrated approach to control
  • Incredibly high reproductive potential makes early action critical