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Identify Your Pest

Pest Damage on Leaf

Use the guide to learn about pest insects that are damaging plants in your home, garden, greenhouse and farm. Click on a pest category and find out about their biology, description, and suggested methods of control.

The best approach is to use an Integrated Pest Management program, where cultural, physical, chemical and biological tools work together to sustain a healthy environment.

Cultural control involves plant selection, site selection, proper planting and keeping your plants healthy.

Physical control includes barriers, traps and lures, or physical removal to prevent or reduce pest problems.

Biological control brings in proper beneficial insects or organisms to fight the pests.

For optimum pest control results, it is best to use a combination of these. A good fertility program will also help by increasing plants' vitality, making them less susceptible to insect pests, weeds and diseases. Use traps to capture and monitor pests, natural insecticides for knock down of large populations of insects, and beneficial insects and organisms to combat developing stages.

Locate your problem insect from the list below or you can use our search feature at the top of the page. Searching can be done by insect type, for instance "beetle" and then finding information to control the type you have on that page or a link within it.

Ant Control Aphids Beetles Borers
Caterpillars & Moths Cockroaches & Other Indoor Pests Fleas & Ticks
Fly Control Fungus Gnats Grasshoppers, Mole Crickets & Mormon Crickets Japanese Beetle Control
Leafhoppers & Planthoppers Mealybugs and Other Soft-Bodied Insects Midges Mite Control
Plant Parasitic Nematodes Public Health Pests Scale Slugs & Snails
Stored Product Pests Thrips Termites True Bugs
Weevils Whitefly Yellow Jackets & Wasps  
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Apple Maggots Infest apples, plums, pears, apricots, hawthorns and crabapples.
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Artichoke Plume Moth The artichoke plume moth is mainly a problem where artichokes are grown as perennials.
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Asparagus Beetles Asparagus is the only food plant of these beetles.
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Black Cutworm This pest feeds on a wide range of field and garden crops.
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Armadillos Major devastation can occur to lawns and gardens as armadillos seeks food by digging numerous.
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Armyworm They feed on turf grasses, plant leaves of lettuce, beans, corn and other crops.
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Bean Beetles They will infest any variety of bean plants, as well as alfalfa, clover, cowpea and kudzu.
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Bean Leaf Beetle Hosts plants include bean, clover, corn, cowpea, soybean, peanut and several leguminous weeds.
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Bean Thrips, <i>Caliothrips fasciatus</i> When infested with thrips the leaves of the plant will appear brownish and/or silvery.
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Beet Leafhopper Nymphs and adults suck plant juices from foliage causing leaves to turn brown and appear burnt.
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Black Fly Persistent and irritating pests which swarm around humans and other animals.
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Black Scale Scale are small parasitic insects that feed on plant juices.
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Bollworm Most common are the cotton bolworm and the pink bollworm.
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Broccoli Worms Also known as the Imported Cabbage Worm.
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Cabbage Butterfly Also called the Imported Cabbageworm.
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Cabbage Looper Cabbage looper populations peak during early fall and again during late spring.
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Cabbage Moth The larvae stage (cabbageworm) can destroy a large number of leaves.
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Cabbage Root Maggot These pests eat small fibrous roots and tunnel in stems and large fleshy roots.
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Cabbage Worm Harmful to cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and other cabbage-like plants.
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Cross-Striped Cabbageworm Bigger problem on broccoli, cauliflower, collards and Brussels sprouts than cabbage.
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Cane Borer - Red-Necked These pest usually affects rasberry and blackberry plants.
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Canker Worms Both fall and spring cankerworms feed on a wide variety of trees including fruit trees.
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Carrot Rust Fly Attacked carrots are stunted; they frequently rot and acquire a bitter taste.
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Carrot Weevil The larvae eat celery hearts and tunnels into the tops and roots of carrots and other plants. They destroy plant tissue.
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Celery Worm - Carrot Worm This caterpillar is the larva of the black swallowtail butterfly.
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Caterpillar Eggs Find products and beneficial insects that will devour or destroy caterpillar eggs.
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Cherry Fruitworm Feeding results in shallow, scabby, depressed areas at harvest.
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Chigger and Chinch Bug Control Controls for Chiggers and Chinch Bugs. Chiggers and Chinch Bugs are two annoying summer visitors. If you are having trouble with either of these pests, we have solutions for both.
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Chinch Bug Attacks drought-stressed lawns and wild grasses by piercing the plant with its four-jointed beak and sucking out sap.
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Click Beetle These pests eat the roots of numerous plant species and young trees.
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Codling Moth Known as an apple and pear pest throughout the world.
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Colorado Potato Beetle All natural solutions to stop these destructive pests.
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Corn Earworm Also called the bollworm, tomato fruitworm or tobacco budworm, this pest attacks corn, cotton and soybean.
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Cucumber Beetle Damages vegetable crops including cucumber, squash, beet, bean, pea, sweet potato and many more.
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Cutworm Cutworms feed on fruit trees and many other plants including garden vegetables and field crops.
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Diamond Back Moth The larvae attack cabbage, collards, greenhouse plants, and some ornamentals.
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Earwigs - Earwig Control Preventing earwigs in your homes is best achieved by barrier treatments around house foundations.
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Eelworm Also called Root Knot Nematodes, it has a wide range of host plants, tomatoes one of the most affected.
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European Apple Sawfly The larva pupates in the spring and adults emerge during the pink stage of apples.
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European Chafer Most damage is caused by the tiny grubs. The adults are tan colored beetles that resemble small June bugs.
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European Corn Borer The European corn borer is known to feed on 250 different kinds of plants, especially sweet corn.
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Fall Armyworm Feeds primarily on corn but also feeds on cotton, alfalfa, clover, peanuts, grasses, tobacco and many garden crops.
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Fall Webworm Trees commonly attacked include more than 100 species of deciduous forest, shade and fruit trees.
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Flea Beetle Hosts include watermelon, pumpkins, peas, beans, eggplant, sweet potatoes, beets, spinach and potatoes.
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Grape Leaf Folder Infest both wild and cultivated grapes, primarily found east of the Rocky Mountains and in California.
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Grape Leafhopper Grape leafhoppers, both nymphs and adults, suck the juices from the lower surfaces of grape leaves.
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Grape Root Worms The larvae devour small roots and eat pits in the outer portion of larger roots.
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Greater Peach Tree Borer The adult greater peach tree borers are moths that look more like wasps than moths.
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Gypsy Moth Gypsy moth larvae can devour up to one square foot of leaves a day.
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Harlequin Bugs They attack nearly all vegetables of the mustard family, especially mustard greens and various cabbages.
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Hickory Shuckworm They emerge in early June and attack until pecans are harvested.
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Hornets Hornet stings may sometimes be dangerous to man and domestic animals.
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Imported Cabbageworm Larvae prefer to feed on cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, brussels sprouts, turnips, radishes and more.
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Iris Borer Iris borers are the most damaging pest of irises. They will attack all varieties of irises.
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June Bugs - May Bugs The larvae (grubs) feed in the soil on plant roots and often damage grass lawns.
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Leafroller Young larvae feed on flat leaves, but older larvae fold the leaves in half and hold them together with webbing.
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Lesser Peach Tree Borer It differs from the peachtree borer in that the moths emerge over a long time during the summer.
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Mexican Bean Beetle Feed on soybean, many bean plants, alfalfa, clover, cowpea, and kudzu causing leaves to have a skeletonized appearance.
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Mice Try these humane products to control mice in your home, garden and greenhouse.
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Moles They demolish lawns and turf grasses in homes and golf courses through their tunneling.
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Mole Crickets Burrowing Insects That Disturb Newly Germinated Seeds and Damage Roots of Young Seedlings.
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Navel Orangeworm A major pest of sound almond, walnut, macadamia, and pistachio nuts after hull split.
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Northern Masked Chafer The destructive grubs eat the roots of turf on golf courses and lawns.
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Oleander Scale Can be controlled by natural enemies and does not usually cause economic damage.
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Omnivorous Leafroller Adult moths emerge in May or June to lay eggs in orchards on leaves and fruit.
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Onion Fly Maggot The larvae tunnel into onion bulbs, which may turn yellow and die before maturity.
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Orange Tortrix The orange tortrix feeds primarily on blackberry, dewberry, raspberry and grapes.
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Oriental Fruit Moth Larvae typically enter fruit from the stem end and cause the fruit to rot.
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Oriental Beetle The larvae stage damages plant roots and lawns. The adult stage damages roses squash and other plants.
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Parsleyworm Also called the celeryworm or the carrot caterpillar and is the larvae of the black swallowtail butterfly.
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Peach Twig Borer Larvae emerge in early spring, migrate up twigs and branches and attack newly emerged leaves and shoots.
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Pecan Nut Casebearer The larvae feed inside of one nut in a cluster, and then the others until all of the cluster are hollowed out.
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Pink Bollworm Common host plants of the pink bollworm include: cotton, corn, peanut, tobacco, cowpea, and soybean.
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Potato Leafhopper Feeds on more than 100 cultivated and wild plants, including bean, potato, alfalfa, soybean and peanut.
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Red Banded Leafroller The red banded leafroller feeds on apple, cherry, plum, peach, grape, vegetable crops and ornamentals.
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Sap Beetle Sap beetles are small beetles that feed on the sap from tree wounds, damaged and decaying fruits and vegetables.
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Sod Webworm They feed on corn, tobacco, bluegrass, timothy, field grasses and lawn and golf course grasses.
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Spider Mite This common plant pest is closely related to spiders, daddy longlegs and ticks.
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Spring Armyworm - True Armyworm They are a different species than the fall armyworm and are easy to differentiate.
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Squash Bug The squash bug is a true bug that attacks squash and pumpkin plants.
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Strawberry Root Weevil Larvae feed on the roots of strawberry plants and can completely devour small rootlets and destroy the bark and cortex of larger roots.
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Sweet Potato Whitefly They feed on nutrients in the plant, sucking the sap out and secreting honeydew.
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Tarnished Plant Bug The tarnished plant bug is among the most damaging of the true bugs and is known to transmit plant diseases.
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Tent Caterpillar As they develop through their five stages, they devour entire leaves.
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Tobacco Budworm They attack buds of developing flowers, which causes damaged buds not to open.
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Tomato Fruitworm They feed on tomato leaves and fruit throughout the Western Hemisphere.
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Tomato Hornworm These pests feed on tobacco, tomato, eggplant, pepper and some weedy plants.
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Tomato Pinworm The most common host plant is tomato, but they also infest eggplant and potato.
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Two-Spotted Spider Mite They are known to feed on more than 180 different plant species - both indoor and outdoor.
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Walnut Caterpillar Their preferred hosts are butternut, walnut, hickory and pecan trees.
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Walnut Husk Fly After feeding on the husk, mature maggots drop to the ground and burrow several inches into the soil to pupate.
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Webworm There are many species of webworms. but all can be characterized by their distinct damage and silken webs.
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Wireworm These larvae of the click beetle feed on live roots, seeds, cereals, or grasses.
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