MARYLANDS PREMIER SPECIALTY GARDENING STORE
ORGANICS - HYDROPONICS - INDOOR GROW GEAR
suggest you utilize beneficial insects, or "good bugs", to
eat "bad bugs", which keeps your produce free of harmful
pesticides. Although bringing in good bugs to eliminate a
bad bug problem might not always solve the problem, you
might have to resort to a pesticide. In cases like this,
our staff is very educated and can direct you to the best
product to use.
When possible, it is always recommended to use "Good Bugs"
to fend off the "Bad Bugs" that might take home in your
They are very small with light colored bodies. They leave
a sticky residue on the leaves.
damaged leaves, wash plant leaves with warm water for a
week then spray an insecticidal soap onto leaves.
Small dark colored insects with beetle like bodies.
Treatment: Pick off by hand if you can catch them. Remove
any organic debris from the base of the plant. Set out
Small worm type insects that curl up into a ring shape.
They eat through plant roots and topple the plant.
Treatment: Not too common in hydroponics - if found, spray
European Corn Borers
Small, 1 inch long caterpillars who bore into plant stems
and eat them from the inside out.
Treatment: Spray with
The hatched offspring of tiny black flies. The maggot
offspring attack plant roots.
Treatment: Discard any
damaged plants, spray with insecticide. Not too common in
a hydroponics garden.
Small, 1/8 inch long, wedge shaped insects that suck the
sap through the plant leaves.
Pick off by hand and apply insecticide if needed.
Small bugs create white, powdery masses on leaf stem
Treatment: Scrape off and spray with
Fly larvae that hatch at the base of the plants
and eat the roots.
Treatment: Not too common in
hydroponics gardens. If found, spray with insecticide.
Tiny waxy growths on the underside of leaves and on stems.
Treatment: Scrape off and isolate plant, if possible. Wash
leaves with warm soapy water and apply insecticide if
Small, very destructive, striped back beetles 1/4 inch
long. As adults, these plant pests eat leaves, and as
larvae eat roots.
Treatment: Use insecticidal soap.
Tarnished Plant Bugs
Small beetles about 1/4 inch long with tarnish-like
markings on it's back. They inject plants with a substance
that deforms leaf tips and stem joining.
Clean off all nearby organic debris and spray with
Tiny, white flying bugs
resilient. Spray with insecticide or something stronger.
Also spray all surrounding plants.
Colorado Potato Beetle
Inch long striped beetles and their larvae will eat
everything on a plant.
Treatment: Pick off by hand and
optionally, spray with insecticide.
Small dark brown centipede-like insects with a pincer
Treatment: Pick off by hand (they usually come
out at night).
Imported Cabbage Worm
Small velvety green caterpillars that eat plant leaves.
Treatment: Spray with insecticidal soap.
Mexican Bean Beetle
Small, 1/2 inch beetles will eat roots and
leaves, leaving only the veins.
Treatment: Wash with
Red, yellow or green microscopic bugs forming cobwebs.
Treatment: Isolate plant if you can, wash leaves with
warm, soapy water and spray with insecticide.
Very small and slender bugs leaving dark blobs on the
Treatment: Remove bugs by hand, wash leaves
with water and spray insecticide.