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Houseplant Care Guide
Here are quick tips to keep your houseplants happy and healthy. From knowing how often to water to...
Crumbs moving independently across the kitchen floor? A line of small black things crawling in and...
Noticing tiny, white, fly-like insects on your plants? You may be dealing with a whitefly...
When Pests Invade the Home
Every rural, suburban, or urban household runs into various problems with pests and critters—or, to...
Here are tips on how to keep squirrels out of the garden, off the bird feeders, and out of the...
What Is Diatomaceous Earth?
Gardeners are often given the advice to sprinkle diatomaceous earth (DE) around plants to deter...
Squash Vine Borer
Are your squash plants suddenly struggling? It could be the work of a squash vine borer. Here are...
Here are tips on how to identify and get rid of earwigs, also known as “pincher bugs,” in the ...
Slugs and Snails
Seeing slug and snail damage in your garden? Here are tips on how to identify, control, and get rid...
Here are tips on how to identify, control, and prevent mosaic viruses on a variety of plants. What...
Here are tips on how to identify, control, and prevent blossom-end rot on your tomatoes and other...
Wondering about that white fungus on your plant? The fungal disease powdery mildew is a common...
How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies
In the kitchen, a fruit fly infestation can be a truly annoying experience. Here’s how to get rid...
Homemade Bug Spray Recipes
Yes, there are natural insect repellents that work. Here are four all-natural homemade bug sprays...
Staying Ahead of Garden Pests
Normally I don’t go looking for trouble, but it is the best way to head off potential problems in...
Troubleshooting Top 10 Tomato Problems
What is wrong with my tomatoes? What are common tomato diseases? Why are the leaves on my tomato...
Summer Pests That Affect Dogs and Cats
The family dogs and cats seem to enjoy the outdoors as much as we do. But the warm months bring...
Here are tips on how to identify, control, and get rid of cucumber beetles in the garden. What Are...
How to Attract Ladybugs to Your Garden to Eat Pests!
Most home vegetable gardeners are looking for ways to control pests without using chemical...
Why Is My Squash Not Fruiting?
“What’s wrong with my squash?” and “Why isn’t my squash fruiting?” are two common squash questions...
Ants on Peony Flowers: An Enduring Myth
Why are there ants on my peonies? Will ants harm my peonies? Every year, peony season brings these...
Got iridescent green beetles feasting on your roses? Those would be Japanese beetles! Here are tips...
Having trouble with flea beetles in your garden? Here are tips on how to identify, control, and get...
What are those little green bugs on your plants? They’re probably aphids! Here are our best tips on...
Plants That Repel Mosquitoes and Other Insects
Which plants repel mosquitoes and other insects in the backyard and garden? Here’s a list of the...
Often considered only a minor houseplant pest, fungus gnats can quickly become a major issue if an...
Crows are intelligent, social birds but also they can also be raucous pests and cause damage to...
Cutworms can be a major annoyance in the garden, particularly for young seedlings or transplants....
Oh, dear! Do you have problems with deer eating your garden plants? See our list of deer-resistant...
Half-eaten pages in your books? Chewed-through boxes in your pantry? These are signs of a...
Mice can be quite frustrating when they munch on your plants and on your pantry snacks. Here’s how...
How to Get Rid of Pantry Moths and Worms
You open a bag of whole wheat flour, a box of cereal, or a bag of dog food only to find little...
Hey—What’s that smell? If you think you’ve got a skunk hanging around your yard, it’s time to act!...
Beetlemania: Beetles in the Garden
When gardeners aren’t talking about the weather they are talking about bugs. This year in my garden...
Reasons to Use Row Covers
If you are searching for a chemical-free way to defeat the insects that threaten your crops, have...
Big, fat, and green! Here are tips on how to identify, control, and get rid of tomato hornworms in...
What are those bugs on your squash? Squash bugs, probably. Here are tips on how to identify,...
Japanese Beetles: Best and Worst Plants
Although Japanese beetles are known to feed on more than 300 types of plants, some are more...
Voles drive gardeners and home owners crazy! You’ll know voles by the snakelike tunnels all over...
How to Get Rid of Rodent Pests in the Home
I’ve lived in a well-built old house sheathed with cedar shingles for decades, throughout which I’...
Insects Invading Your Home?
It’s that time of year again! As temperatures cool, various flies, bugs, and beetles slip into your...
Protect Your Garden from Cabbage Worms
Cabbage worms can be devastating to an otherwise-healthy garden. Here are a few things you might...