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Digital Subscriptions > Hobby Farms > Nov/Dec 2019 > IN tHe GReeNHouSe

IN tHe GReeNHouSe

year-round greenhouse pest management can be challenging for small-scale hobby farmers.

Pests can wreak havoc in a greenhouse. Literally thousands of insect species feed directly on the tissues of living plants. The warm, humid conditions and abundant food supply inside a greenhouse provide an ideal environment for pest development on a year-round basis.

Natural enemies that keep these pests under control outdoors aren’t always present in a greenhouse, so pest situations can develop rapidly and become chronic without early detection and immediate eradication. Insect herbivores injure plants through direct feeding, but some also transmit diseases, which is often more serious.

Insect problems can be especially challenging for small-scale growers who may experience multiple pest problems at the same time. Prevent pests from sucking the life out of your plants with comprehensive year-round greenhouse pest management.

Prevalent PeSKy PeStS

Depending on what you grow, there are numerous pests that could cause major problems in your greenhouse. However, some common insects to watch out for include aphids, fungus gnats, thrips, whiteflies, cutworms, leafminers and mites. The high humidity and moist growing media in greenhouses provide the perfect breeding ground for many of these pests and all of them can be extremely difficult to eradicate in traditional soil and hydroponic operations.

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