Identifying the Good from the Bad...
create the perfect growing environment for your Hydroponics project.
and ensuring the
optimum growing conditions to produce a beautiful,
tender, dirt-free, flavorful product, we suggest you utilize
beneficial insects, "good bugs" to eat the "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 as to the best product to use.
The Bad Guys
When possible it is always
recommended to use these guys to fend off the "Bad Bugs" that might
take home in your hydroponic garden. The important thing to remember
is that these bugs are a protector of your plants and you do not
want to eliminate them.
They are very small with light colored bodies. They leave a sticky
residue on the leaves.
Treatment: Remove damaged
leaves, wash plant leaves with warm water for a week then spray an
insecticidal soap onto leaves.
Most kinds of caterpillar are considered plant pests and will eat
Treatment: Pick off
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.
Not too common in hydroponics - if found, spray with insecticide.
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.
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.
Treatment: Pick off by hand
and apply insecticide if needed.
Small bugs create white, powdery masses on leaf stem
Treatment: Scrape off
and spray with insecticide.
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 larvae eat roots.
Treatment: Use insecticidal soap.
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 insecticide.
Tiny, white flying bugs
Very resilient. Spray with insecticide or something stronger. Also
spray all surrounding plants.
Inch long striped beetles and their larvae will eat everything on a
Pick off by
hand and optionally, spray with insecticide.
Learn More From Us
To learn more about Good Bugs and Bad Bugs
come in and talk to our knowledgeable staff and where you'll find more
information. We can provide you with the proper remedy to clean
up any bug infestation you might have.