The common asparagus beetle (Crioceris asparagi) is an important pest of asparagus crops both in Europe and in North America. Asparagus is its only food plant. The beetle is about half a centimeter long, metallic blue-black in color with cream or yellow spots on its red-bordered elytra. The larvae are fat gray grubs with dark heads. The adult beetles and the larvae strip the needle-like leaves off the asparagus fronds, depriving the plants of the ability to photosynthesize and store energy…
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Cyperus esculentus - Yellow Nutsedge Pull out the nutsedge plants every two weeks, ideally before each new plant develops more than six leaves. This weed reproduces by underground tubers. The University of California reports that it takes the mother weed's tuber 60 percent of its energy to produce a new plant, and constant plucking will eventually starve any underlying tubers and kill the entire nutsedge population in your garden beds.
Stinging Insects: Hornets, yellow jackets, carpenter bees, bumble bees, honey bees, ground bees, paper wasps, sand wasps, cicada killers, and other related species can easily become established in or on buildings, decks, sheds, garages, walls and fencing. Species including yellow jackets (ground bees), bald-faced hornets, bumble bees and cicada killers are found underground and/or in trees, shrubs and ground cover. To read more: www.greenpestsolutions.com/pest_control/stinging_insects.asp