Category: Garden Pests

Deter Deer

Today my quest is for a natural pest control method to deter deer from devouring my gardens, preferably without sophisticated fencing or expensive pest control services. Or by enrolling in a weaponry class. I jest. Sort of. The first time…

Picnic Beetle are a Problem in Melons Now

While going through my garden this week, I noticed some strange activity on some of my nearly ripe tomatoes. Upon closer inspection, I realized that some of the tomatoes and melons had damage that pierced the skin, and that there…

Dandelion Control

Most people think about trying to control their dandelions in the spring when they see them in bloom. However, this is not the best time to try to control them, particularly if they plan to use a broadleaf herbicide to…

Fall Webworms attacking Trees of South Dakota

This fall I am starting to see “webs” of caterpillars in various trees. The webs or tents start out small and get bigger as time goes by. Two well-known caterpillars— tent caterpillar and fall webworm—are often misidentified for each other by homeowners that…

Blossom End Rot in Tomatoes

By this time of the year, most people are during tomato harvest. I have been noticing blossom end rot is showing up now.  This show up as a black or brown rotten area on the bottom of the tomatoes. There…

Raccoons in the Garden

Raccoons in the garden are nocturnal animals that are thriving thanks to increased human contact, as anyone with an unsecured dumpster or trash can will attest. Wild populations prefer areas with trees and water nearby. But more and more they…

Hackberry Galls

Hackberry psyllids are small aphid-like insects that cause hackberry galls commonly seen on the underside of hackberry tree leaves.  An alternative name is hackberry “gall-maker.”  They are most commonly noticed, however, as a household nuisance in late summer and fall.…

Squash Bugs

Avoid using mulches and clean up any debris around plants to eliminate shelter for squash bugs. Practicing crop rotation can greatly reduce their numbers as well. However, rotations will not completely keep squash bugs from showing up because of their…

Get the Weeds Out

Get the Weeds Out While They Are Young Summer Weed Management Strategies Now is the time when those pesky weeds are really coming up full force in many gardens around the state, particularly if you have had rain in your…

Tomato Problems in South Dakota

Most of the questions that will be coming in will relate to tomato problems, and earlier this summer, relate to tomato problems in South Dakota. Despite early predictions that this summer was going to be dry, many areas have received…

Cedar Apple Rust Disease

There are several cedar-rust diseases that spend part of their life cycle on Eastern red cedar and other junipers, and another part of their life cycle on apple, hawthorn, and other members of the rose family. Both hosts are required…

Watch for Cucumber Beetles

In the upcoming weeks, be on the look for cucumber beetles because they are a difficult pest to manage. Several cultural practices can be applied to prevent infestations from becoming severe. At planting time, you can place mulch around cucurbits…

June Bugs

June bugs, also known as the June beetle or May beetle are flying around, can cause damage to many landscape plants and be a pest to the home gardener. June bugs are scarab beetles. These pests appear roughly around late…

Dandelions the Number One Weed

Dandelions are the number one weed that everyone has fought to get rid of this weed at one time or another. And, right now we are in the middle of dandelion bloom season. They are very adaptable to the types…

Emerald Ash Borer Threat

The emerald ash borer is a threat to all the ash trees in our state. None of our native ash have any resistance to this insect and once attacked, unless insecticides treatments are started within a year or two, the…