Pest and Disease Management
Plant A Seed, Watch It Grow
Master Gardener Association of San Diego County
PEST AND DISEASE MANAGEMENTIntroduction
The damage caused by many pests can often be tolerated in a school garden.Some pests can be controlled without chemicals by washing plants with aforceful spray of water, hand picking and destroying the pests, or by usingbarriers.
Each of the following sections on Arthropod, Mollusks, Vertebrate pests,and their Natural Enemies have a few photos of the more common gardenpests. All of the photos and information are from the UC IPM website. Thewebsite has detailed information on these pests and many more. Theinformation on the IPM website includes additional photos, PestIdentification, Life Cycle, Damage Caused by Pest, Management of Pest,and in many cases a Pest Note that can be printed out. Click this linkhttp://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/selectnewpest.landscape.html to go tothe UC IPM Pest Index.Arthropod Pests
The examples of arthropod pests shown here are aphids, spider mites, whiteflies,mealybugs, corn earworm, and tomato hornworm.
Aphids are small, soft-bodied insects with long, slender mouth parts that they useto pierce stems, leaves, and other tender plant parts and suck out plant fluids.Almost every plant has one or more aphid species that occasionally feeds on it.Large populations cause curling, yellowing, and distortion of leaves and stuntingshoots; they can also produce large quantities of a sticky exudate known ashoneydew, which often turns black with the growth of a sooty mold fungus.Aphids come in a variety of colors.
Black Cherry Aphid Rosy Apple Aphid