Insects and Other Visitors

Leaf Miner Gogga of the Month

Leaf Miners are the larval (maggot) stage of an insect family that feeds between the upper and lower surfaces of leaves.
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Pesky Psylla Gogga of the Month

Citrus trees provide a bounty of health benefits as well as beautiful sweet-smelling flowers, that compliment your garden space be it small or big.
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Be aware of the Christmas/Brown Beetle Gogga of the Month

Christmas beetles are seasonal and are generally active during the warmer months, especially during the festive season.
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Steer clear of Whiteflies Gogga of the Month

Whiteflies can be a menace in the garden. These flies are close relatives to aphids, they are both sap-sucking insects.
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False Codling Moths Gogga of the Month

This month’s gogga of the month is the infamous False Codling Moth or Thaumatotibia (Crytoplebia) leucotreta.
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White Grubs destroying​ your lawn?

Grubs live in the root systems of plants and cause severe damage over a short period.
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Harvester Termites causing havoc in your lawn?

Termites are some of the most destructive lawn pests that you may find in your garden.
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Rust on plants

Rust disease is caused by a fungal parasite that needs living plants to survive.
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How to deal with scale on indoor plants

Tan or brown oval insects with a hard shell can sometimes infect the stems and undersides of the leaves of indoor plants.
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How to deal with armyworm

Symptoms The appearance of chewed leaf edges on lawns, caterpillar faeces, and damage to certain plants and vegetables.
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How to encourage bees in the garden

Symptoms/Signs “The hum of bees is the voice of the garden” Elizabeth Lawrence.
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What to do about Brown Patch on your lawn

Symptoms Circular patches of dead/dying lawn What does this mean for me/my plants?
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How to deal with flies

Symptoms Human illness from contamination What does this mean for me/my plants? Should you not wash your fruit or veggies before you use them, you could run the risk of being contaminated by disease, which flies leave behind, from decomposing organic materials.
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What to do about ants on your plants

Symptoms The pesky little pest (“gogga”) for the month of December will generally leave small heaps of fine sand on the surface above the nests on lawns What does this mean for me/my plants?
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How to treat red spidermite on your plants

Symptoms Our “gogga” of the month for November will most likely cause fine, pale mottling with small yellow/green mites on the underside of leaves and stem.
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How to deal with lawn weeds

Symptoms Our “visitor” of the month for October (not really a “gogga”) manifests itself in the appearance of broadleaf weeds on the lawn, patches of discoloured lawn, and even patches of soil where lawn has been completely destroyed.
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What to do about aphids on your plants

Symptoms Our “gogga” of the month for September will usually manifest with the appearance of colonies of aphids on young plant stems, leaves and buds, as well as honeydew on leaves and fruit, with black sooty mould, or yellowing leaves.
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The whimsical wonder of butterflies!

Symptoms Our “gogga” of the month for August, butterflies (a friendly visitor), bring colour to the garden and lots of new flowers!
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What to do about cochineal on cacti and prickly pear plants

Symptoms Our “gogga” of the month for July, cochineal, are sap-sucking insects that feed only on cacti and prickly pear plants.
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What to do about thrip damage on your plants

Symptoms Our “gogga” of the month for June, thrips, are likely to cause distorted, papery leaves, with pale brown spots on them What does this mean for me/my plants? Plant growth is stunted and leaves drop prematurely if not treated.
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