Pests, Diseases & Problems

Cochineal Scale on Paddle Cactus, What To Do

White fuzzy lumps on paddle cactus indicate the presence of a parasite that pierces the plant’s skin and consumes its juices. A bit of cochineal (coach-en-ee-al) scale is no big deal, but it does tend to spread and may eventually kill the plant. Your first line of defense is to blast what appears to be…

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How I Get Rid of Gophers

Over the past quarter century, I’ve trapped four to six gophers a year in my half-acre garden near San Diego. If I can catch gophers, so can you. Here’s how. — Obtain at least four Macabee gopher traps. — Tie one end of a string that’s several feet long to the end of the trap opposite its pincher-jaws. At the…

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