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Pests & Diseases Articles
When Pests Invade the Home
Every rural, suburban, or urban household runs into various problems with pests and critters—to use...
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...
Here are tips on how to keep squirrels out of the garden, off the bird feeders, and out of the...
Hey—What’s that smell? If you think you’ve got a skunk hanging around your yard, it’s time to act!...
Why Is My Squash Not Fruiting?
“What’s wrong with my squash?” and “Why isn’t my squash fruiting?” are two common squash questions...
Homemade Bug Spray Recipes
Here are four all-natural homemade bug sprays that can kick those pesky insects to the curb. If you...
Summer Pests That Affect Dogs and Cats
Summertime, and the livin’ is easy…not only for us, but also for the companion animals in our lives...
Houseplant Care Guide
Here are quick tips to keep your houseplants happy and healthy. From knowing how often to water to...
Beetlemania: Beetles in the Garden
When gardeners aren’t talking about the weather they are talking about bugs. This year in my garden...
Here are tips on how to identify and get rid of earwigs, also known as pincher bugs or dermaptera,...
Squash Vine Borer
Are your squash plants suddenly struggling? It could be the work of a squash vine borer. Here are...
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...
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...
What are those little green bugs on your plants? They’re probably aphids! Here are our best tips on...
What are those iridescent green garden beetles eating your plants? Here are tips on how to identify...
Cutworms can be a major annoyance in the garden, particularly for young seedlings or transplants....
Ants on Peonies
The peonies in my backyard always have ants crawling on the flower buds. Many people think ants are...
Here are tips on how to identify, control, and get rid of flea beetles. What are Flea Beetles? What...
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...
Often considered only a minor houseplant pest, fungus gnats can quickly become a major issue if an...
Wondering about that white fungus on your plants? The fungal disease powdery mildew affects a wide...
What is Diatomaceous Earth?
Gardeners are often given the advice to sprinkle diatomaceous earth (DE) around plants to deter...
Here are tips on how to identify, control, and get rid of slugs in the garden. What Are Slugs?...
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...
Here are tips on how to identify, control, and get rid of cucumber beetles in the garden. What are...
How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies
A fruit fly infestation can be a truly annoying experience. Here’s how to get rid of fruit flies,...
Protect Your Garden from Cabbage Worms
Cabbage worms can be devastating to an otherwise-healthy garden. Here are a few things you might...
How to Get Rid of Head Lice
Ever dealt with head lice? It’s not an unusual problem in schools. I remember when my daughter was...
Have you seen thrips damage on your plants? Here are tips for identifying and getting rid of thrips...
Troubleshooting Tomato Problems
In this short video, we help you troubleshoot some of the most common tomato diseases, pests, and...
Tomato Diseases and Disorders
I say “tomayto” and you say “tomahto” but however you say it, tomato time is here! Along with the...
Here are tips on how to identify, control, and prevent blossom-end rot on your tomatoes and other...
Aphids Pest Control Tips & How to Protect Your Plants
Here are five ways to banish bothersome aphids—without resorting to pesticides for pest control!...
Learn how to get rid of rabbits and keep them out of your garden with these tips. Why Would You...