The vegetable gardener should inspect the garden vegetables to determine if there are pests. The plants should be thoroughly inspected.

This includes the undersides of leaves, tops of leaves, stems and developing fruit.

Regular inspection allows the gardener to identify a problem before major damage occurs to the plants.

This inspection is often referred to as scouting. Scouting is an important part of pest management in the home garden.

The gardener should scout the garden on a regular basis, at least once a week or more often if time permits.

The control measures will be more effective if the problem is caught early.

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