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What kind of bug is this

So I’ve only seen two of these bugs so far but I would like to get rid of them. I will put in a photo but unfortunately I freaked out and started crushing the bug so I’m sorry if it’s hard to tell.

Posted about 4 hours ago

Does my spinach have mosaic virus? And can I still eat it?

Leaves appear mottled with lighter green/yellow spotting. Leaves are deformed/twisted (almost like a savoy, but I did not plant a savoy variety). Leaves from the first harvest were green and flat. Now this. If it is mosaic virus, is the spinach still safe to eat?

Lawrence County PA Posted about 14 hours ago

Orange mold or fungi in garden soil?

We live in Western PA and have a newly-tilled garden this year. Our soil is clay, and we do have a problem with iron bacteria between our raised beds in the puddles that form after rain. Lately around the plants there have developed many orange spots. It appears to be some sort of mold or fungi. I cannot identify it after extensive internet searches. Our soil has been wet this spring due to rain, but there is no standing water in the beds because they are raised. I do not think this issue has anything to do with the iron bacteria, but the color sort of matches.

Lawrence County PA Posted 1 day ago

Orange mold or fungi in garden soil?

We live in Western PA and have a newly-tilled garden this year. Our soil is clay, and we do have a problem with iron bacteria between our raised beds in the puddles that form after rain. Lately around there plants there have developed many orange spots. It appears to be some sort of mold or fungi. I cannot identify it after extensive internet searches. Our soil has been wet this spring due to rain, but there is no standing water in the beds because they are raised.

Lawrence County PA Posted 1 day ago

Bed bug

I don't know if I'm crazy... I think I gave an early infestation going on I had the bug guys come out two different time to check my beds and couches and nothing he set volcano traps under all my beds and couches and nothibg. I was bitten by one multiple times and caught it crawling on my pillow which he confirmed was an adult bed bug. He has found no evidence of anything to confirm I have them. I have a two year old son I have not seen any bites in him and I check everynight so I found this when I picked my box spring up on top of the bed frame which the bow spring sits on. My bug guy says that the one I found was probably a hitchhiker I don't know if what I have found is evidence of it's shedded skin and or eggs or if it's nothing please any help

Philadelphia County PA Posted 2 days ago

Rose identity

Can anyone tell me the name of this rose the unusual orange/yellow pink one in the middle of the picture

Outside United States Posted 4 days ago

Identify these vines

Hello,
I have these vines that are multiplying like crazy
They do not flower but produce red berries. It's taking over
Does anyone know what it is and do I prune it in the fall or is it a bad vine I should get rid of.
Thank you,
Danette

Carbon County Pennsylvania Posted 4 days ago

Japanese Stewartia

I have three Japanese Stewartia trees in a row. They all started to sprout leaves around the same time this spring. However one of the trees stopped sprouting it’s leaves and the bark is pealing off. I know bark pealing is fine in a Stewartia, but I’m worried that it stopped sprouting.

Bucks County Pennsylvania Posted 4 days ago

Japonese maple trees.

These maples have not opened up yet. They are still Alive. Using the stratch. I believe it could be a fungus of some kind. Can you advise me what you think.

Morris County New Jersey Posted 5 days ago

Bugs!!!

What kind of bug is this? Very tiny specs on my son’s bed that move. Even a camera cannot seem to pick up the detail. There are no brown or blood stains on his bed. Nothing indicating bed bugs but can’t seem to figure this bug out. HELP!!!

Armstrong County Pennsylvania Posted 5 days ago