Dealing with Aphids and Whiteflies

Aphids are a common garden pest that can inhabit everything from fruit trees to small field flowers. Aphids are small, (about the size of a grain of rice) soft-bodied insects that use slender mouth parts to pierce various soft areas on a plant and suck out fluids. Aphids can come in many shapes and colors, but primarily feature a pear shaped body, long legs, and a tube like structure called a cornicle sticking out of their hind sides. Some Aphids are born with wings, which can improve their ability to infest a larger area in a shorter amount of time. Many plants have at least one or more species of aphid that is known to feed on it.  

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Controlling Spider Mites

Guard ‘n Spray from Rhizoflora contains an array of food-grade oils from natural sources which can effectively combat and eliminate spider mites and their eggs. The variety of oils and mechanisms of action are also essential, as spider mites have a quick reproductive cycle and can develop resistance to some forms of control.

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I.P.M. 101: Your Guide to Integrated Pest Management

‘IPM’ Stands for Integrated Pest Management, and is a common term for your pest management system for your crops. The ‘Integrated’ piece arises due to the varied nature and combination of Cultural, Biological, and Chemical controls used to combat pests. If you are managing pests using an Organic or All-Natural approach, here are some easy tips to help you get started and prevent problems before they happen.

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