At this step, assessment of plant damage is in order.
Step 1 Prevention
Step 2 Identification
Step 3 Assessment
Step 4 Tactic
Step 5 Control
Step 6 Re-assessment
Step 7 Follow-up
It is easy to overreact to garden or orchard insect pest attack. Especially if you have spent months or even years, giving these crops a lot of care. Before quickly initiating eradicating measures, careful assessment of the damage is important.
It is important to observe the damage to see exactly what and where the damage is. If it's the leaves, look at both the outer, underside and edges of the leaf to see if where the damage is occurring. Often an insect will leave behind digested waste or residue, which gives you a clue to what type of insect it is.
On the other hand, Mites and Borers may escape serious notice, and may require thorough examination of subterranean parts of the plants. In this case, you will need to pull the plant out and check the roots.
Next Step - Step 4 - Select insect control tactic once assessment of the plant damage is complete
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