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Four-lined Plant Bug

There are polka dots on my plants! The Four-Lined Plant Bug, Poecilocapsus lineatus, has both a nymph stage and an adult stage. It only has one generation per season, which does help cut down on how much damage it does. The nymphs feed from late April through May, then find a mate, lay eggs, and die...

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Whiteflies

These garden and indoor plant pests can seem to come out of nowhere. These garden and indoor plant pests can seem to come out of nowhere. You may not even realize they’ve taken up residence in your garden until you move or shake a plant that has been infested. All of sudden, a cloud of small...

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Pill Bug

Pill bugs, depending on their population, can be bad or good in the garden. The pill bug, Armadillidium vulgare, is a crustacean related to the arachnipod. They have a hard, segmented exoskeleton that is light to dark grey, and seven pairs of legs. They look like tiny armadillos! When on the defensive,...

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Ground Pearl, Scale

Pearls or pests? They might look like tiny styrofoam pearls in your lawn, but what they really are may surprise you. Ground pearls are actually a subterranean scale insect that feeds on the roots of your St. Augustine grass! They attach themselves to the roots at the base of the grass stolons,...

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