Pest tips: Understanding pests

Pest tips: Understanding pests

Jan 29 , 2020

Understanding pests. A lot of plant owners get overwhelmed by pests, whether it’s their 1st foray with beloved fungus gnats, or their 15th (or 50th) day in a row fighting spider mites. Over a series of posts, I’m going to share my tips on fighting specific pests, but to start I want to chat about them at large. Knowledge is power, & I feel if you try to understand a bit more about them, it can help a bit!

Pests have quick reproductive cycles. They are baby making machines, designed to breed big colonies fast. Their efficacy is quite admirable really. So treating in line with their breeding cycle (read: often & more than once when you’re trying to blast them) is advised. This is why they seem to suddenly appear overnight - they’ve been busy, getting busy.

Pests are small. Teeny tiny. Often microscopically small at the start of an infestation. This means you need to treat thoroughly & not just based on what you can see. My advice? Treat your whole collection rather than spot treating one plant, as you never know where an errant pest may be hiding, ready to reproduce at large.

Pests are as inevitable as getting a cold. We don’t get up in arms when we get a cold do we? We know it’s part & parcel of being a human, and that my friends is the same for plants getting pests. Yes, it’s an inconvenience! But it’s also part of how nature is, and when we take a slice of nature inside we don’t get to choose only the parts we like. We get the mess, the dirt, the beauty, the pests & everything in between. And unlike the many undiagnosed issues we often have with plants with their sporadic yellow leaves, at least pests are easily identifiable & can be treated!

 

Links to other pest tips can be found below:

Tips on fungus gnats

Tips on spider mites

Tips on mealybugs

Tips on aphids

Tips on pest prevention

Plus more to come

Pest tips

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