Category: What To Do Now




Aphids, whitefly, thrips, and spider mites proliferate indoors and out with the increasing early summer heat. Grasshoppers will soon be making their appearance, too, so get Nolo-bait powder from either Payne’s location today. Yellow sticky-traps will take care of the whitefly; insecticidal soaps can help keep aphids under control. Thrips (miniscule insects that get into flower-buds and prevent them from opening properly) and spider mites (“mini-Charlottes” that stipple plant-leaves and weave webs between them) may require regular applications of Jack’s Dead Bug Brew. Make sure to spray either early in the morning or late in the evening – not during the heat of the day.

And don’t forget to sladybugzet out your ladybugs! They’re available now at Payne’s NORTH and SOUTH locations, and they munch their way through many insect pests in a most “unladylike manner”. But if you use them, don’t apply pesticides to your garden. You’ll kill the beneficial insects along with the nasties.

Pictured above is a Lady Bug Larvae. These babies will consume more aphids than their parents will – so leave these little critters alone.

Planting a wide variety of flowers and herbs around your garden may help to repel insects. Here are a few plants to consider planting:

  • Jalapeños
  • Marigolds
  • Petunias
  • Scented Geraniums
  • Lavender
  • Lemongrass
  • Rosemary
  • Basil
  • Mint

TJs TIP: Make sure to water your plants at the base, thoroughly, at least six hours before you spray any of the products listed above. If a plant is dry, there is a chance you may cause some damage.