Harlequin Bugs

Harlequin Bug Habits and Identification The Harlequin bug is a variety of stink bug and not a true beetle. The adult black, shield-shaped bug is covered with orange, red, and yellow markings. It varies in size, but is generally no more than 3/8 inch. The barrel-shaped egg, laid in clusters on crucifer foliage, is light … Read more

Tarnished Plant Bug

The Tarnished plant bug is a common sap-feeding insect which attacks a wide range of plants. Bean, beet, cauliflower, cabbage, chard, celery, cucumber, potato, turnip, salsify, and dill, apple, peach, pear, blueberries and most other deciduous and small fruits. Strawberries are one of their favorites. It can cause considerable damage to vegetables and fruits by … Read more

Cucumber Beetles

There are two primary types and six species of cucumber beetle in North America. Perhaps the most prolific and widespread is the striped cucumber beetle. Measuring about one fifth of an inch in length it is a yellowish green with a yellow thorax and black head it has three black stripes running lengthwise on its … Read more

Praying Mantis – Beneficial Insect

Praying Mantis: Defender of the Garden Realm Benefits of Praying Mantis in the Garden. The Praying Mantis is a highly effective predator with a voracious appetite, they consume dozens of Garden pests and should be included in any organic or integrated pest management scheme. The correct name for a Praying Mantis is actually Praying Mantid, … Read more

Natural and DIY Insecticides for pest Control

Killing off all of the insects in your yard or garden is not a desirable goal, vibrant and healthy ecosystems require an abundance of microbes, fungi and beneficial insects. Growing together all those elements that encourage life and lush growth, a microcosm that includes vegetables, fruits, trees, bushes, weeds, flowers, reeds, microorganisms, water, nutrients, insects, … Read more