Category Archives: Pests & Problems

Useful information about the insects in your garden, what they are, what they look like, the best way to combat slugs, all natural insect repellants, beneficial insects, control powdery mildew as well as a listing of toxic plants.

How to Keep Deer Out of The Garden

Well, the word has gotten out. The deer know you have started another buffet of green delicacies.  Word spreads fast in the forest and it won't be long before these uninvited guests will arrive at  your garden gate. (more…)...
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6 Ways to Keep Spiders Out of Your House

Spiders tend to receive negative attention for being the creepy crawlers we see in scary movies. However, out of the approximately 3,000 species of spiders in North America, only 10 to 20 make their way inside the home and only two groups – the recluse and widow spiders – are considered dangerous to humans. The...
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Keeping Cats Out of Your Home Vegetable Garden

What a better way to see the fruits of your labor then to grow a vegetable garden, right? You spend countless hours making sure you do everything right so that the fruit and vegetables you harvest are the best tasting you have ever grown. Read more

Four Methods to Control Aphids

In most parts of the world, aphids are the number cause of plant damage among harmful insects. They come in a wide range and variety of sizes and colors, depending upon where you live, and eat just about everything. Aphids will work over a plant, reproducing at a great rate and when the plant they...
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Indoor Plant Insects – Spider Mites and Mealybugs

When we start thinking of house plants, the idea of indoor plant insects does not usually occur to us. Unfortunately, there are a few insects that attack indoor plants. Like their outdoor counterparts, these indoor insects are destructive to the plants that they inhabit. Also like their outdoor counterparts, as soon as the symptoms of...
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The Organic Way to Get Rid of Japanese Beetles

Japanese Beetles can wreak havoc on a garden. They can and will eat away at roses, fruits and other vegetation if the problem is not taken care of quickly. For those who want to refrain from using harsh chemicals to combat the infestation, there are a few organic ways to get rid of Japanese Beetles....
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Pro and Cons of Vinegar As a Weed Killer

There are a variety of weed control solutions that can get rid of weeds naturally. This is certain to help the gardener that prefers to avoid using chemical-based pesticides. A common organic alternative is vinegar. It is very effective at killing weeds due to the acetic acid ingredient in vinegar. Regular household vinegar contains acetic...
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How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies

Catch one of the bugs and examine it closely. If this proves to be a challenge, hang some fly paper for an hour or so to capture a few of the little buggers. Common household fruit flies (aka Drosophila) grow to a maximum size of 1/8th inch (3mm) long and typically have brownish or yellowish...
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