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Tiny green bugs

Hi. I live in a condo with a back patio that has recently been infested with these tiny bright green bugs that have six legs and two long tentacles. I have no plants nearby, just three large trees whose leaves hang over mulched area to provide shade. There are thousands of them all over my wood table, chairs, and grill cover. After doing research on line, I thought that I’d identified them as aphids, but even after treatment they persist! It’s to the point where I cannot enjoy my patio anymore....every time I sit down they’re all over me! I can attach a picture if this site will allow me. Close up they resemble a tiny spider or beatle. The squish easily, and seem to change appearance and color as they grow. I just hosed down my entire porch, mulch, and trees but they’re back on my chair again even after using a mixture of warm water, dish soap and Chyanne pepper. Please help! Thanks, Cindy

Trumbull County Ohio Posted about 10 hours ago

Rare or Extinct bug

I found a bug thats has butterfly wings grasshopper body and moth face. I've looked it up through photo on Google and it came back as so many different things. I searched so long and finally found the same thing and its posted on this site but y'all wrote it off as just a grasshopper which it isn't. It's a little discombobulated but it shouldbe fine. I will send you my personal location if you would like a professional to come out and see it in person.

Washington County Ohio carolina locust dissosteira carolina Posted 1 day ago

Short and soft

Hello, I have a grass in my lawn that is much shorter and softer than the rest of the grass(es) in the lawn and I was hoping to identify it because I LOVE it and would love to have the entire yard with this species! Prior to us living here the home was vacant for three years and a large part of the yard, this area included, was overgrown like a field. We have horrendous clay soil, the worst I've ever dealt with. In the third photo, the furthest away from the yard image, it's the top half of it, the green grass!

Mahoning County Ohio lawns and turf Posted 1 day ago

Hi, we moved to Copley from New Orleans. We have two questions: (1) what is...

Hi, we moved to Copley from New Orleans. We have two questions: (1) what is the best book to buy as a resource for home Gardner’s to use? And (2) we just had seed installed. Look at these weeds. These are mild compared to some we’ve pulled with the bloom. The purple weed was non responsive to broadleaf with crabgrass control, only responded to roundup. It’s everywhere! Many thanks!

Summit County Ohio reseeding Posted 5 days ago

Trying to figure out what type of a large bush this is. Has green blossoms...

Trying to figure out what type of a large bush this is. Has green blossoms and my bees love it

Cuyahoga County Ohio Posted 5 days ago

Lacebark Elm disease?

Hi... I have several Lacebark elms with wounds that are killing branches. The wounds also seem to be on the trunks, too. The trees have good vigor and leaf color but something is attacking them. I’ve peeled back dead bark and found some sort of larvae chewing into the cambium. See pictures below. Thanks for the help.

Van Wert County Ohio Posted 5 days ago

My 4 year old, 4' tall and wide lemony lace elderberry was in perfect...

My 4 year old, 4' tall and wide lemony lace elderberry was in perfect condition on July 18. In the last 2 weeks, whole branches of leaves are turning brown and falling off. Half the bush has been affected and the other half is starting to look bad. I thought Virticillium Wilt, but there are no black rings on the stem or streaks on the bark when peeled. There are 1/16" brown lumps along the stem - spaced out, not bunched together. Scale? Treatment? Will it kill the bush? Should it be cut back?

Cuyahoga County Ohio Posted 5 days ago

killing catalpha sphinx worms

I have a catalpha(cigar ) tree and this is the second year we have had sphinx caterpillar worms on it. It is a very large tree. How can I kill these worms???

Jefferson County Ohio catalpa sphinx moth caterpillar Posted 6 days ago

What is this Wild flower plant

Hi - I found this flower in a garden of the home we purchased last year. The home sits in a rural area and was originally part of land bought in the 1850s. Trying to redo gardens with native plants. Can you tell me what this plant is. Thank you so much! Kathy

Hocking County Ohio Posted 6 days ago

What is the infestation on this milkweed Near Lake Erie

What is the infestation on this milkweed Near Lake Erie

Cuyahoga County Ohio plant disease Posted 8 days ago