leaf miner

noun

Definition of leaf miner

: any of various small insects (such as moths or dipteran flies) that in the larval stages burrow in and eat the parenchyma of leaves

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Insecticides are rarely recommended to control leaf miners. oregonlive.com, "‘Little buggers,’ aphids, are munching on broccoli and kale – what can I do? Ask an expert," 7 June 2019 Control caterpillars with weekly applications of the organic insecticides Bt (just controls caterpillars) or spinosad (controls a variety of insects, including thrips and leaf miners). Dan Gill, nola.com, "Protect tomatoes from these diseases and pests," 13 Apr. 2019 Examples include: garlic planted near roses helps keep the aphid population in check; radishes alongside spinach will keep the leaf miners away; tall flowers provide shade for lettuce. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "Easy-To-Grow Plants You Should Plant This Spring," 1 Mar. 2018 Pests controlled: Use horticultural oils to combat aphids, mites, beetles, leaf miners, caterpillars, thrips, leafhoppers, and whiteflies. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "The 7 Best Organic Pest Control Techniques For Your Garden," 18 Dec. 2017 Insecticides are rarely recommended to control leaf miners. oregonlive.com, "‘Little buggers,’ aphids, are munching on broccoli and kale – what can I do? Ask an expert," 7 June 2019 Control caterpillars with weekly applications of the organic insecticides Bt (just controls caterpillars) or spinosad (controls a variety of insects, including thrips and leaf miners). Dan Gill, nola.com, "Protect tomatoes from these diseases and pests," 13 Apr. 2019 To keep leaf miners and other pests away, simply place row covers over your beets during the insects' busiest time between May and late June. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Beets This Fall for a Hearty Autumn Harvest," 21 Aug. 2018 To keep leaf miners and other pests away, simply place row covers over your beets during the insects' busiest time between May and late June. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Beets This Fall for a Hearty Autumn Harvest," 21 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of leaf miner

1830, in the meaning defined above

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