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Insect Pests of the Home Vegetable Garden

Publication Number: P2347
Updated: April 11, 2016
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The average home vegetable gardener grows more than a dozen different types of vegetables, and each may be attacked by several different species of insects. Managing and controlling insect pests is one of the keys to successful vegetable gardening.

Insect pests can damage vegetables in many ways. Pests such as tomato fruitworms, cowpea curculios, stink bugs, and pickleworms feed on the fruit, causing direct damage. Other pests, such as loopers and tobacco hornworms, feed on the leaves, while pests like aphids, whiteflies, and mites suck sap from the plant, causing indirect damage. Even though the fruit is not damaged directly, the plant can’t efficiently produce fruit if it loses too much leaf area or sap. Pests such as thrips and bean leaf beetles transmit plant diseases, and pests like corn earworms and cowpea curculios cause damage by contaminating food with their frass and bodies.

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Entomology; extension insect identification; fire ants; termites; insect pests in the home, lawn and

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Entomology; extension insect identification; fire ants; termites; insect pests in the home, lawn and
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Greenhouse Tomatoes and other vegetables, Field Vegetables, Mushrooms

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