Identifying Vegetable Garden Insects

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Certain vegetable garden insects are simply inevitable. Learn about identifying vegetable garden insects with help from a garden teacher and expert in this free video clip.

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Hello, my name is Jessica Craven. I'm a master gardener, and I have my certification in permaculture design. Today, we're going to talk about some common pests that come in the garden. One of them is spider mite, another is the versea mite and how you'll know that you have these in your garden is you'll often see things like this happening to your tomato plant. It will look as if it's shriveling up and dying and you'll wonder, gosh, the soil around it seems moist. It doesn't seem like I haven't been watering it, what's going on? What happens is spider mite will come and it will attack your plants and basically cause it to shrivel up and look as if it's dying. So here we have a circle pattern and it's kind of an irregular circle and basically this is the larvae for the white fly and if you look carefully and here we have a slightly better example of basically the hair and this can hang off plants. You'll see it sometimes hanging off hibiscus, orange trees, even your tomato plants, eggplants and the hair can be anywhere from an inch long to sometimes I've seen them as long as three feet long hanging off hibiscus and within it you'll see these little white flecks and that's the white fly and so the white fly is attacking these plants and definitely causing some problems. So these are some common pests that you'll see in your garden.

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