Category Archives: Pests & Problems

Ant Control

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How to keep ants out of the house and garden.

Tansy Golden Buttons Homemade Insect Repellent

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Tansy is a perennial herb, Tanacetum vulgare, and a member of the aster family, Asteraceae. Tansy is also called common tansy or garden tansy in order to differentiate it from similar looking plants.

Deer-Resistant Plants aren’t Safe from Deer Damage

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You’ve probably heard there are deer-resistant plants. But any professional landscaper will tell you these plants aren’t really “deer resistant” or “deer-proof”. No plant is. A hungry deer will find and eat any plant, even plants that don’t taste good to them.

How to Keep Deer Out of The Garden

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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.

6 Ways to Keep Spiders Out of Your House

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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 house spider is the most common species, and despite spiders’ bad reputation, the biggest threat it poses to humans is a bite that is usually less painful than a bee sting.

Keeping Cats Out of Your Home Vegetable Garden

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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.

Four Methods to Control Aphids

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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 are feeding on becomes over populated they will develop wings and move on to another plant. As you can see if you do not tackle the problem immediately you can get over run with aphids fairly quickly. Here are four methods you can start implementing right away with any aphid issues you may have.

The Natural Secret to a High-Yield, Pest-Free Garden This Year

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Gardening is one of America’s favorite pastimes – an impressive 35 percent of U.S. households are growing food at home or in a community garden, according to the National Gardening Association. That means 42 million households are currently planning their annual gardens and researching how to make this year better than the last. Fortunately, the trick to growing healthier plants with fewer pests and bigger yields might be simpler than you think.

Indoor Plant Insects – Spider Mites and Mealybugs

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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 an infestation becomes noticeable, immediate action needs to be taken.

The Organic Way to Get Rid of Japanese Beetles

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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.

Pro and Cons of Vinegar As a Weed Killer

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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 acid at 5% which is enough to control the outbreak of most types of garden weeds.

How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies

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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 bodies and red eyes.

Pest Control for Indoor Gardens

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When you practice indoor gardening, one of the issues that can diminish the fun is the number and ferocity of insect pests that can wreak havoc with your plants. There are, however, several indoor gardening supplies that can be used to control various pests from damaging your indoor crops, and will thus increase your plants’ yields. Indoor gardening supplies can include such pest control products as powder sulfur and spider mite control, to name a few.

Five Plants that Repel Mosquitos

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As the outdoor season approaches, many homeowners and outdoor enthusiasts look to ways of coping with mosquitoes. With all the publicity about the West Nile virus, mosquito repelling products are gaining in popularity. But many commercial insect repellents contain from 5% to 25% DEET. There are concerns about the potential toxic effects of DEET, especially when used by children.

Safe Slug Removal

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I just finished reading your article about slug control and thought I’d pass this tidbit along.

Neem Oil – A Valuable Pesticide and Insecticide

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Organic Farming is one of the fields of concern today. Farming using Eco-friendly products for the growth of crops is meant as Organic Farming. Use of pesticides to prevent insects in the fields has been a practice from ancient times. However, it has also been a matter of concern for the farmers as it can reduce the infertility of the soil and damages the crops. Before few decades, pesticides used in the farms are chemically prepared and contains unfavorable constituents for both soil and plants leading heavy loss for the farmers.

Garden Detective: Clues to Determine and Deter Unwanted Animals in Your Yard and Garden

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Holmes and Watson, Riggs and Murtaugh, Starsky and Hutch – when it comes to sleuthing out just what critter is munching on your spring garden, you may feel like your partnership with Mother Nature is as contentious as any that ever graced the big, or small screen. After all, how are you supposed to fight the “crime” of a decimated garden if you can’t identify the suspect who’s been devouring your daylilies?

Property-Created Natural and Organic Tomato Pesticide

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Increasing natural and organic tomatoes in your private yard requires preparing. It is ideal to have an emergency plan for pest attacks as a result of awareness of healthy and protected procedures that you can use. It is also important to fully grasp the theory of stopping ailments and insects even before they strike.

How to Diagnose Soil Problems with Weeds

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In nature, different plant species grow in different locations depending on the conditions that suit them best. Plants conditioned to survive and thrive in dry climates will naturally occur in dry soils, and likewise for plants accustomed to damp soils, alkaline soils, acidic soils, and more.

The Stinky Truth About a Common Pest

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Warmer, longer days, flowers blooming, birds chirping and the onset of the garden season are all glorious signs that cold weather is behind us. And, while taking in the sights, sounds and smells of Mother Nature at work is refreshing, the good does bring a few, less-than-ideal issues – a major one being stink bugs.

Natural Insecticides and Fertilizers

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Summer is finally here, time to enjoy the garden, relaxing while the kids and pets run around the yard. Till its time to do some actual yard work of course. I was planning to fertilize the lawn this weekend and do something about those aphids on the roses so went to my local superstore. As always they had a wide range at the best prices. But everything had warnings on it, even something as simple as potting soil warned to use gloves when handling. When did gardening become so dangerous?

Pest Control at the Hummingbird Feeder

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The most common complaints I hear are about the neighborhood squirrel population. Though not predators, squirrels are devastating to a feeder and will knock down and chew up whatever they can get their paws on. As bad, or worse, in our area are the raccoons that slip right up to the house at night. Anyone who has had seed feeders knows the continuing battle to defeat the squirrel. Tall slick poles, barriers, repellents, and B-B guns are all effective – sometimes and for a little while.

Tips to Make Natural Mosquito Repellent

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A very common insect in the family is a Mosquito which is famous for spreading dispersal of many diseases like malaria, fever and other contagious diseases.

Blueberry Weed Management Between Rows and in Rows

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Thus cultivation between rows to control weeds by using sodded middles between rows is a good practice.

Repel Cats From Your Garden – Seven Organic Ideas

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Need to repel cats from a vegetable or flower bed? Of course, the easiest way is to lay a wire net across the ground, supported by bricks. Cats won’t step on it. But the best organic gardening ideas are the simplest. Just lay some thorny rose clippings or brambles on the ground.

Increase in Allergy Caused By Women’s Lib?

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Recently my brother-in-law, a college professor, was seeing a famous San Diego allergist, who I’ll not name. He tried to tell the allergist all about my book, Allergy-Free Gardening. The allergist dismissed it all as unimportant and then told him, “You want to know why there’s so much allergy nowadays?”

Pest Control Tips for Maintaining Your Greenhouse

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Greenhouses provide a warm, humid atmosphere and are home to a variety of different plants and flowers which is why they are a perfect target for insects. There are numerous types of insects which will want to live in your greenhouse and feed off of the wonderful plants and flowers which you have put so much time and effort into maintaining. The information below will provide you with tips and guidelines to follow in order to ensure you are doing everything in your power to ward off any unwanted pests.

Making Organic Pesticides

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There are so many everyday products that can be used for pest control around the house and garden. You don’t have to spend a fortune on expensive commercial organic pesticides, or risk using harmful chemicals around your home. Just make your own and take control!

Garden Pests – Tips on Keeping Them Out of Your Home and Garden!

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Garden Pests -Tips on Keeping Them Out of Your Home & Garden!

Non-Toxic Slug Control

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The best way to combat slugs is to understand their life cycle.

Luring Ladybugs Into Your Garden

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Of all the insects in the garden, the ladybug is probably the most easily recognized. Ladybugs, also called lady beetles or ladybirds, are a gardener’s best friend. Not only do they feed on insect pests, especially aphids, but their bright coloring also brings cheer into the garden.

Praying Mantis – Friend or Foe?

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Not many gardeners come into contact with a praying mantis but few can deny that they’ve heard of the infamous way in which the insects mate. While the female can indeed feed on its mate’s head during copulation, praying mantis also have other amazing features. The mantid is the only predator which is fast enough to catch mosquitoes and flies. It is also the only insect that can turn its head all the way around (180 degrees).

Natural Controls for the Evil Weevil

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The tell-tale signs are there: C- shaped notches in leaves; stunted growth; and even yellow, wilting leaves – a black vine weevil infestation! This insect infects over 200 plants but the most common include rhododendrons, azaleas and yew. There are few garden pests that are as difficult to get rid of as this weevil but by targeting the young and vulnerable larvae and using a few cultural practices, gardeners can get good control of this nuisance.

Fungus Gnat and Damping-Off Control

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Late winter and early spring is a great time to start seedlings and get the gardening season underway. Growing your own seedlings from seed is highly rewarding and can open doors to even more species that are not often found in garden centers. However, a couple of problems can sometimes curb the indoor green thumb and seriously affect the success of growing seedlings.

Solving The Rabbit Problem

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Solving The Peter Rabbit Problem

Got Mildew? Get Milk!

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Less than 3 years ago, researchers in South America discovered a new alternative to controlling powdery mildew. Wagner Bettiol, a scientist from Brazil, found that weekly sprays of milk controlled powdery mildew in zucchini just as effectively as synthetic fungicides such as fenarimol or benomyl. Not only was milk found to be effective at controlling the disease, it also acted as a foliar fertilizer, boosting the plant’s immune system.

Controlling Whitefly Naturally

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The warm temperatures of the summer bring on a rush of new foliage growth, attracting a wide variety of pests. Whitefly, one of the most difficult pests to control, pose a special challenge to gardeners.

Beneficial Insects

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We need insects to make our gardens beautiful and healthy. We need them for food for certain species who then in turn pollinate our plants. Insects provide food for fish, birds and some mammals as well as domestic birds such as chickens and turkeys. It is interesting to note that insects provide well over 20 percent of a coyote’s diet.

Not all insects are harmful: Here are some beneficial insects:

Entomology – Pest Control

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Not all insects are created equal. Did you know that ants farm aphids for their honeydew. Those sweet little lady bugs actually eat other insects. We need all insects to make our gardens beautiful and healthy, we shouldn’t strive to eliminate them just learn how to control them.

Do It Yourself Insect Repellents

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Homemade natural insect repellent.

Mosquitoes in Your Garden? Try Planting These

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If you are a serious gardener, you spend lots of time outdoors. And, for sure, you would rather be tending your plants than swatting mosquitoes.

Understanding Weeds – How to Kill them?

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When I was a child, I loved to pick Dandelions. The pretty yellow flowers were small, colorful, and looked nice tucked behind my ear! However, if one had popped up in the front yard, my hair accessory would have been considered an atrocity!

Natural Control of Flowering Plants’ Insect Pests

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Your flowers need your utmost tender loving care in order to give you the beautiful flowers you desired. In this scenario, by looking at their conditions in the garden, you can check if they are free from any insect damage.

Controlling Lawn Grubs Organically

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Beetle grubs can turn a fine looking lawn into a patchwork quilt of yellow spots. But before you reach for the insecticide bottle, there are a number of organic alternatives that will help you cope with the grubs without poisoning yourself or your family.

Test Your Weed IQ

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What You Need to Know to Maintain a Weed-Free Garden