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Identifying and Dealing with Problem Insects

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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homemade mixture will deter number of garden pests
Photo 6 of 6A homemade mix of garlic, cayenne pepper and minced onion in a dilute soap-and-water solution will deter a number of garden pests.

Tips for Controlling Caterpillars (6 of 6)

Homemade garlic and pepper sprays protect against cabbageworms, caterpillars, horn worms, aphids and flea beetles. Use 6 cloves garlic, 1 tbsp dried hot pepper, 1 minced onion, 1 tsp pure soap and one gallon of hot water. Spray the solution onto the leaves.
Release praying mantis.
Other Tips:
Other commercial products for controlling pests include insect netting and insecticidal soaps and oils
Sprinkle ground hot pepper directly onto leaves to deter chewing pests.
Know what bugs you're dealing with. When in doubt, take a leaf to a specialist. Check with your local nursery or agricultural extension.