We’ve struggled with spider mites in the past. Nasty pests. But this was a new one for me. False spider mites. We started to see damage on our mint at the end of March. Necrotic (dead) areas along the margins of the leaves and sometimes a whole leaf. This looked similar to some spider […]
Whitefly are an infamous greenhouse pest. One of the best controls for whitefly is Dicyphus hesperus (referred to as dicyphus from here on), a true bug that will feed on a wide variety of greenhouse pests. Dicyphus works best as a preventative from whitefly (and other insects) establishing, so hasn’t been used traditionally (as it is […]
Over the last week we began to see a dramatic increase in aphid populations in our greenhouse, especially in the lettuce.
There are few things as discouraging as raising a crop only to have it taken over by tiny insects that you can’t seem to control. We have a few critters making an impact on our greenhouse right now; spider mites, thrips and new this week: flea beetles. But today I’m focusing on aphids—a pest that […]
Thrips are currently the bane of my greenhouse. Thrips are a tiny, long and narrow shaped insect which love to attack flowers and also the growing point of plants (especially cucumbers, though thrips are not too fussy). They often damage the fruit when it is still close to microscopic-sized, killing part of the fruit, and […]