Mealybugs draw plant juices with their piercing-sucking mouthparts, resulting in plant stunting, leaf yellowing, and deformation. Further damage results from black sooty mold, which grows in the mealybugs’ secreted honeydew – impeding the plant’s photosynthesis abilities.
This category covers pests and diseases that your plants and garden can suffer from
The Japanese beetle has become a significant plant pest hazard to American agriculture and turf. Adults skeletonize the leaves and consume the fruit of several types of fruit trees, ornamental trees, shrubs, vines, and vegetable crops, while larvae feed mainly on turf roots.
Blister beetles produce a chemical (cantharidin) that blisters animals and human tissue. The female beetle applies the chemical received from her mating partner to her eggs to protect them from predators. Their most distinctive feature is the narrow thorax and wider head.
The lily leaf beetle (LLB) (Lilioceris lilii), also known as the scarlet lily beetle, is an invasive insect of Eurasian origin. The adults are between a quarter to three-eighths of an inch long, bright scarlet-red, with black legs, head, and antennae. Larvae are yellow, orange, or brown.
Flea beetles are distinct in their small size and disproportionately larger hind legs. They’re called flea beetles because, like flees, they jump. Most species of flea beetles attack only one plant group (or closely related groups), making general identification easier.
With just over 1200 species around the world, spider mites can be a pain for the gardener, They are small and live on the underside of leaves so are hard to spot. They spin fine webbing for protection, Damaging plants by piercing the leaf cells to feed.
Snake plants (Sansevieria) do not attract mosquitoes; in fact, they repel them. Snake plants naturally produce a chemical called Saponin, which is neurotoxic to mosquitoes and other insects, and saponins are also considered toxic to cats and dogs.
Jade plant leaves are sensitive to chemicals contained in pesticides. Fungal infections and pests are easily treated using neem oil, among other homemade remedies. Diseases are difficult to control, and you will need to dispose of the entire plant.
Snake plants have a chemical called Saponin that keeps mosquitoes away but NOT spider mites and mealybugs. Without proper care, bugs like aphids can attack your Sansevieria plant, and this plant will protect you from insects and the diseases they carry.
Plant leaves have holes because they consist of cells. The cell walls are composed of chitin, which is a polysaccharide. Chitin is what makes leaves so strong. When the cells break down, the chitin breaks down. When plant leaves have holes, it makes them very brittle and can cause damage to the plant’s health.