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Identifying Pests

Scouting for pests should be part of your regular garden maintenance. Walk around your landscape a couple of times a week, examining the leaves, flowers, fruit, and stems of your plants closely. Damage to could show up as chewed edges, light-colored trails, or holes. If you find pest damage, it's vital that you identify the cause before you attempt treatment. Look for the insect that's causing the problem, making sure not to blame beneficial insects that may be there to help. Remove pests by hand, or remove and discard the infested parts of the plant. Contact your county Extension office for help identifying pests before applying any chemicals. If a pesticide is needed, always try the lowest-toxicity product first.


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