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Insect Pests on Annuals

Aphid
Flea Beetle
Spider Mites
Spittlebug
Thrips

For all chemical controls, READ AND FOLLOW LABEL INSTRUCTIONS THOROUGHLY BEFORE USE


 

 
 
 
 
 
Aphid

Symptoms - Severe infestations will cause curling/twisting of foliage, flowers to wilt and drop.

Controls - Cultural or Non-chemical:

  • Ladybird beetles/larvae, lacewings are natural predators.
  • Strong jet of water to knock aphids off plants.

Controls - Chemical:

  • Insecticidal soap, Doktor Doom House and Garden, and various other insecticides.

Flea Beetle

Symptoms:

  • Small 'shot hole' appearance to leaves.
  • Beetles will jump when disturbed.
  • Roots (potatoes) will have pitted appearance and when peeled, small holes will be visible just below surface.

Controls - Cultural or Non-chemical:

  • Row covers for seedlings/young plants.

Controls - Chemical:

  • Doktor Doom House and Garden
  • Safer’s End All

 

 
 
 
 
 
Spider Mites

Plants Affected - Numerous

Symptoms:

  • Stippling - tiny dots in foliage
  • Yellowing of foliage - "haze" on foliage

Controls - Cultural or Non-chemical:

  • Strong jet of water
  • Keep plants misted
  • Fall debris cleanup

Controls - Chemical:

  • Insecticidal Soap, miticide such as malathion, Safer's 3 in 1. Product must state: Miticide or that it treats Mites.

 

 

 
 
 
 
Spittlebug

Plants Affected - Numerous.  Insect does not damage plant, merely cosmetic.

Symptoms - 'Spit' on plant - bug is hidden underneath.

Controls - Cultural or Non-chemical:

  • Spray plants with strong jet of water.

Controls - Chemical:

  • Not necessary

 

 
 
 
 
 
Thrips

Plants Affected - Numerous

Symptoms - White blotches or streaks on foliage/blooms

Controls - Cultural or Non-chemical:

  • Good fall clean up of debris.

Controls - Chemical:

  • Apply Doktor Doom to foliage early in season (mid-June). As this product persists on foliage for a few weeks, it should help to get one the generations.
  • Doktor Doom House and Garden