Insect Egg Identification

As you walk around your property, you may spy little eggs on leaves and in your garden area. There’s a high likelihood you’re seeing insect eggs just waiting to hatch. Understanding some basic insect egg identification can help you know what types of eggs they are and when you should be concerned about their presence.

Keep reading to get a primer on insect egg identification and learn how to prevent an insect breeding ground on your property.

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Identifying Insect Eggs in the Garden: Common Culprits

There are many different types of insect eggs in the garden, ranging in color from the darker eggs of female stink bugs to white fuzzy patches of eggs from stem borers. This blog will focus on two of the most common: white and yellow insect eggs.

While some white and yellow insect eggs can produce bugs that are relatively harmless, others can lead to insects that create a dangerous situation in your garden or lawn.

White Insect Eggs on Leaves

Some of the most common insects that lay white eggs on leaves near homes and gardens include:

Whiteflies: Adult whiteflies place their tiny white eggs on the undersides of leaves in concentric patterns, from the bottom to the upper portion of a plant. These insects can produce as many as 200 to 400 eggs. Unfortunately, whiteflies can injure and kill plants by sucking the sap from the leaves, causing them to shrivel and drop prematurely. To get rid of whiteflies, vacuum them or use insecticidal soap or horticultural oil.

Cutworms: The cutworm’s white eggs show up on grass and weed stems and in the soil surrounding plants. The eggs tend to become darker right before hatching. Cutworms often take shelter in the soil during the day and feed on plants at night. These insects can be a nuisance in the garden. They get their name from their ability to “cut off” a plant seeding by chewing through the stem. To protect your plants from cutworms, control weeds and grass with regular mowing and protect seedlings with collars made from cardboard toilet paper rolls or plastic drinking cups.

Japanese Beetles: The eggs from the Japanese beetle are oval and creamy white. They start at around 1/16″ long but double in size and become rounder before hatching. Japanese beetles are known for chewing up flowers and skeletonizing leaves, making them an enemy of your garden. Applying beneficial nematodes or milky spores can help you get rid of these beetles over time. Faster options to destroy these eggs include spraying them with neem oil or pyrethrin-based insecticide.

Yellow Insect Eggs on Leaf: Common insects that lay yellow eggs on leaves near homes and gardens include:

Aphids: Bright yellow in color, aphid eggs are often found on rose bushes, milkweeds, and other plants. These eggs can make it difficult for monarch butterflies to feed on milkweeds and flourish. Aphid-affected plants show stunted growth and puckered leaves and typically die without proper treatment. Washing plants with a forceful spray of water can dislodge aphids, while organic solutions made of horticultural oil, insecticidal soap, or neem can get rid of the eggs.

Spider Mites: Spider mite eggs begin as translucent and turn a yellowish-cream color before hatching. The adults lay up to 200 eggs on the undersides of leaves. They can infest over 180 species of plants, stunting their growth and potentially killing them. Fruits, vegetables, herbs, and landscaping plants are all susceptible to spider mites. Use a plant-safe pesticide to destroy the eggs. You can also wipe the eggs off each leaf or apply a solution of essential oils, including rosemary, spearmint, or coriander, to kill and prevent spider mite egg infestation.

Get Rid of Insect Eggs in Your Garden with Help from Mosquito Joe

Finding eggs that threaten the plants around your home or in your garden can be unsettling. Fortunately, you have options. Your local Mosquito Joe can be your first line of defense against damaging insects. Our pest control services are dedicated to helping you keep your property, lawn, and garden healthy. We can treat your yard with a safe and effective mosquito barrier spray that lasts for up to 30 days. Call 1-855-275-2563 or schedule an appointment online today.


DIY Outdoor Graduation Party Ideas

An outdoor graduation party allows you to host a fun and safe event that honors your graduate while making the most of your backyard space. Trying to figure out how to get started with event planning? These backyard graduation party ideas and fun yard games will provide the inspiration you need.

Keep reading to discover some of the best DIY outdoor graduation party ideas to give your graduate a celebration to remember for a lifetime. (Don’t forget to pest-proof your yard so guests can enjoy the experience without buzzing, biting, and stinging!)

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Graduation Party Games for Outdoors

Fun yard games for a graduation party will take your event from hum-drum to memorable. The right games and interactive activities will bring the guests together in a fun way that prevents boredom and makes them want to stay longer to celebrate.

Here are some favorite games to set up in your backyard:

Pin the Tassel on the Grad

This game gives your party guests the chance to interact with the guest of honor in photo-form. You’ll need:

  • A large photo of the graduate
  • DIY tassels or strips of colored paper
  • Tape
  • Blindfold

Attach the photo of the graduate to a fence, easel, or stand. Place a blindfold on the guest, spin them around, and let them try to place the tassel on the photo of the graduate. Continue the process with each player. The guest who hits the mark closest to the right spot wins!

Hula Hoop Competition

Get the guests out of their lawn chairs and into a fun competition.

You’ll need:

  • 2-3 hula hoops
  • Open space
  • Some fun music
  • Stopwatch or timer on a smartphone

Give each player a hula hoop, turn on the music, and see who can keep their hula hoop going the longest. Play the game tournament-style with the players lasting the longest, ending with a championship round.

Backyard Game Sets

Transform your backyard into a fun zone by purchasing a few backyard game sets. Some guests will enjoy playing, while others will have a great time as observers from the comfort of their lawn chairs. Choose from any of the following games to set up in your backyard to facilitate hours of grad party entertainment:

  • Cornhole
  • Jenga Giant
  • Ring toss
  • Spikeball
  • Frisbee toss

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Keep Bugs Away From Your Outdoor Graduation Party

Even the most inspired backyard graduation parties can be a bust when an invasion of mosquitoes or other pesky insects arrives.

Your local pest control professionals at Mosquito Joe can help make your outdoor event a success by applying an effective barrier spray treatment—including natural treatments—that control pests for up to 30 days. So, before you get the party started, call Mosquito Joe at 1-855-275-2563 or schedule an appointment online today.


Bug Cages: How You Can Make One

Remember when playing with bugs was fun? A DIY bug habitat can provide free entertainment for the kids along with a little entomology education. A homemade bug cage is also a fantastic way to keep insects to feed pet lizards or frogs.

Whatever your goal, you can make a bug environment with a few supplies that you might already have at home.

If insects are more of a problem at your house than a fun observational opportunity for the kids, then give us a call at 1-855-275-2563
or request a pest removal quote online.

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DIY Bug Cage Craft

To begin creating the homemade bug habitat, gather the following supplies:

  • Large, empty, clean plastic jar with a screw-on lid, such as economy-sized peanut butter or nut jar
  • Safety razor knife with a good handle
  • Hot glue gun
  • Fiberglass window screen material from the hardware store
  • Pencil
  • Scissors

To make the bug cage, take the following steps (adult supervision is recommended to use the knife and hot glue gun):

  1. Use the safety razor knife to cut a circular shape out of the jar lid. Use leverage and move the knife in a circular motion to cut the opening all the way to the lid’s edge.
  2. Use the safety razor knife to cut another circular or rectangular opening on the side of the jar. Depending on the thickness of the plastic, you may also use scissors for this cut.
  3. Take a section of the window screen and use scissors to cut a piece the size of the lid opening.
  4. Use the hot glue gun to apply glue beads around the inside of the lid next to the opening.
  5. Place the window screen circle inside the lid, using the pencil to press the screen into the glue to adhere.
  6. Cut out another section of the window screen material to fit the opening on the side of the jar.
  7. Use the glue gun to apply beads of glue to the outside edge of the plastic cutout.
  8. Place the window screen section over the glue to cover the side opening. Use the pencil to adhere the screen to the glue.
  9. After the glue has dried, use scissors to trim away any excess window screen material.

Now your homemade bug cage is ready to use and features plenty of ventilation for insects to breathe.

These environments are ideal for crickets, millipedes, stick insects, mealworms, praying mantis, and caterpillars. Of course, some bugs, like mosquitoes and ticks, are better off dealt with by professionals!

There’s No Need for Homemade Bug Cages with Mosquito Joe

While a DIY bug cage can be a safe and secure way to bring invited insects into the home, no homeowner wants a mosquito or tick problem on their property.

For help dealing with unwanted pests, call your local Mosquito Joe for safe and effective barrier spray treatment. Our pest control professionals provide year-round protection to keep you and your family safe. Give us a call at 1-855-275-2563 or schedule an appointment online today.