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geekgardener
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November 29, 2011 - 7:01 pm
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Open request to all fellow gardeners.

I was thinking of writing series of posts on pest identification and their control. This is something that's been in my todo list and never saw daylight. Partly because of lack resources availability(time, and ofcourse variety of insects ;).
Now I have an idea.  Crowdsourcing!.

All of us are from different areas, weather and geographic conditions and needless to say we all battle with bugs ( both in gardening and in software )

My request to you all here is to take a picture of the bugs you find in your garden and send it to me. Ensure you get a good closeup of them, close enough to help us identify what it is. Once we have a pool of images, I will put up a page on bugs. This will help newbies to quickly identify what is bothering their plants and be able to control them.

admin@geekgardener.in is the email you want to send those bugs across ūüôā
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Srikanth
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November 29, 2011 - 10:11 pm
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GG,

 

One other way is to do a google image search for the various bugs and pests and post control information until we can collect the pictures ourselves.

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geekgardener
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November 29, 2011 - 11:33 pm
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Hi,

I agree with you and it is probably the easiest way to do. But in the past, I have had some copyright issues with images from other websites. So I tend to be very cautious when it comes to content from other websites.

Yeah we can just post the control information ( which is kinda already spread across comments) and provide a link to google search.

 

gg

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camaroon123
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January 12, 2012 - 9:24 pm

I did not notice this post until recently. I can get a lot of pictures for you from my garden!!.. However I am not sure how to use get closeup using my camera. Not sure if Macro's work - Panasonic FZ28

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geekgardener
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Hi Camaroon,
Thanks. Do send the pics. As long as the insects are visible or atleast the damage they caused.. is good enough.
Keep'em coming
gg

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June 9, 2012 - 10:19 pm

Hi GG,

 

I have sent some pictures. Hope they are useful. 

 

Thanks.

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geekgardener
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camaroon,
I saw them and will be using them in the coming posts of plant pest series.. thanks again.

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camaroon,
I saw them and will be using them in the coming posts of plant pest series.. thanks again.

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Jay
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Hello all,

This is an excellent topic and I felt sad that this did not continue. I have been growing few plants in my terrace garden. One is a kind of beans (I do not know the variety. This germinated from the pile of kitchen waste that I use for composting. Should be a country variety).

In the last two days, I have been noticing the mature stalks of leaves wilt with an unusual break in them. I thought it should be due to mishandling during watering. But on close observation I saw that it was caused by a pest that had drilled the stalk and had entered the fleshy part of the plant. I could also see small eggs / larvae inside the plant.

I did not collect the photos of the affected part of the plant or the pest. I will do so when I notice this attack again.

Let us discuss remedies for this.

Regards

Jay

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Hello

This morning i noticed that the shoot above the root of the plant has been damaged by the pest and I could see couple of eggs / larvae inside it.

I shall try to post the pics soon. I have now removed the plant from my garden. Any remedy for this?

-Jay

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Hi GG,

 

I having a big problem of black ants in my Chilly and Ladies Finger plants. Ants flock chilly plants and lay eggs on lower side of the leaf. The plants are flowering well but nothing is getting converted to chilly bud. Many flowers wilt as they are. Some one suggested to spray neem oil mixed with water. I did once but no use. Can you please suggest what should I do?

 

ps - I have started terrace gardening just now. ants are a big disappointment to me

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shweta
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Hi Mahesh,

try sprinkling wood ash on ur chilly n okra pot.sprinkle little around plant,see if it works.if it does then ok otherwise use garlic n green chilly spray(5-6 garlic cloves+5-6 green chillies,grind with little water in,strain and mix with 1 ltr water) it surely is pest deterrent.garlic irritates the insects.be carefull while doing this as too much might burn the plants.

both r sure shot remedies.let me know about the results if u happen to use it.

 

Happy gardeningSmile

Shweta

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August 15, 2012 - 12:29 am
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hi frds,

 

is thr any remedy to keep squirrels and rats away...

they eat my lil' plants right from middle of the stem and keep destroying them..Cry

 

my frd is planting the broken tips bac into the pots to confuse these nasty creatures;-)

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Jay
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Hello Aahuti,

I too face this problem, not from squirrels, but from rats.

But looking at this philosophically, with trees and plants getting reduced in the cities, everyday, these creatures take refuge and look for food from the plants that are available. 

I read somewhere - to keep rodents away, tie a black plastic bag that makes noise while waving in wind. Rats and squirrels may stay away because of the noise and moving object. Please try.

Regards

Jay

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