Many gardeners play detective -- trying to figure out what's chewing holes or causing yellow or brown spots on favorite plants. Here are some clues to help solve this garden mystery, as well as tips for dealing with pest problems.
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These types pierce the surface of the leaf or stem and suck nutrients out of the plant. Indicators of the sucking variety of pests include discolored, mottled, twisted or curled foliage. Common sucking pests include:
Aphids are small, winged insects. They particularly like new plant growth.
Whiteflies are a small white insect--not a true fly, but actually a relative of the aphid. They're frequently found on the undersides of leaves.
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