Category: Insects

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Best Household Remedies for Insect Bites

Don’t let bug bites stop you from enjoying the outdoors with these helpful home remedies. Nothing spoils a lovely day in your garden paradise more than itching and irritation the morning after. You’ve gotten an insect bite, and as backyard bug bites are want to do, it’s probably driving you crazy and got you wondering what

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Beneficial garden insects

Not all bugs are created equally. Here’s a look at some beneficial insects you actually want living in your garden. Learn to identify and attract them. Beneficial insects for the garden Squirm at the mention of anything that creeps or crawls? Insects can cause a lot of damage to your plants, and, without proper controls,

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10 Beneficial Insects That Will Actually Help Your Plants

Some garden pests just have to go. (We’re looking at you, Japanese beetles.) However, other insect species can help you wage the war against harmful blights. If you spot one of these ten helpful critters, know that they’re here to help, not hurt. Aphid Midge Pollen plants will bring aphid midges to your garden. Both

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How to Get Bees to Buzz Off—Without Harming Them

We all love flowers. The more colorful blossoms the better—in gardens, in hanging baskets, in pots, every which way. And flowers, naturally, attract bees. We all love bees, too, at least in theory. Our food supply literally depends on those industrious little pollinators; we know we need to keep their ecosystem healthy and make sure

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Common Pests that Affect Seedlings

Seedlings are vulnerable, and pests will be quick to take advantage if you’re unprepared. If you’ve ever walked outside to check on your garden or greenhouse in the spring, only to discover that something—or several somethings—have munched on them, then you have experienced what I like to call “gardener’s wrath.” Standing by helplessly as unseen

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Slugs and snails

Slugs are soil-dwelling creatures closely related to snails, clams, and other members of the phylum Mollusca. They are not insects, but they do feed on a wide variety of ornamentals and vegetables. The succulent tissues of young seedlings and bulbs are especially susceptible to slug damage. Groundcovers and hostas found in moist, shady areas of

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35 Pest and Disease Remedies

I’ve found that awareness and a quick response are two of the best allies against garden foes. By knowing my plants, as well as their pests and diseases, I can be proactive in combatting garden ailments. When problems do arise, I turn to the most benign and natural forms of control, like hand-picking invaders, setting

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How to attract more birds to your garden

Take these cues to attract more birds Curious how to attract more birds to your garden? The more your garden resembles a native landscape, the more birds you’ll draw in! Every bird has foods it likes best but preferences can change depending on the time of year. In spring and summer, most songbirds’ primary food

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How to Defend Your Garden Against Japanese Beetles

Eastern gardeners are all too familiar with how Japanese beetles (Popillia japonica) skeletonize leaves and demolish plants, especially roses and grapes. Even the larvae feed on organic matter and grass roots, potentially causing a great deal of damage to your lawn. Help protect your precious vegetables against these persistent insects with the tips below. How