Squirrels in the Garden? Here’s How to Control Them

Fox squirrel straddling a couple of orange pumpkins.

Tree Rats, squirrels, furry little creatures that love to chow down on your garden. They raid vegetable gardens, strip fruit trees, feed at bird feeders, dig up bulbs all in their simple struggle to eat and survive. The topic of squirrel control, sometimes elicits some heated debate. Some people simply hunt them down and kill … Read more

Pest Control with Companion Planting

Marigold plants grown in a veggie garden as a trap crop.

Your Garden is a small part of a complex interactive mechanism. In an idealistic scheme of nature, all elements interact which one-another in a symbiotic fashion, the existence and actions of one member of the chain, such a the aphid that is sucking on your tomato plants, will ultimately and idealistically benefit the whole scheme … Read more

How to Identify and Control Thrips

A macro image of a thrip on a green leaf.

Phylum ArthropodaThysanopteraUSDA Zones:All0.6 mm – 2 mmSap SuckersAdults FlyTransmits Plant Diseases Thrips can infest and build up on numerous garden plants. But are seldom seen due to their minute size (Average of 0.04 inch long) as well as the fact that they spend most of their time concealed between foliage and embedded in flowers. Description … Read more

How to Use Neem Oil as a Natural Insecticide and Fungicide

Sprayer nozzle used to apply neem oil as a foliar spray.

Neem oil aka Bioneem is a safe, eco-friendly non-toxic pesticide and fungicide for use by home gardeners. It is a non-chemical alternative acceptable in organic gardens, and for commercial applications. Documented Benefits of Neem Oil Neem acts as a growth regulator interrupting the insect’s growth cycle resulting in its death. Its active ingredient has very … Read more

How to Prevent and Control Root Maggot Infestations

Onion damaged by onion fly root maggots.

Root Maggots are the larva of the root maggot fly, of which there many varieties. There are several kinds with different preferred host plants. The eggs of these root eating insects are laid in the soil and hatch into the larva commonly known as maggots. The maggots will come to the surface to pupate , … Read more

Leaf Miner Identification and Control

Leaf miner tunnels in tomato leaves.

Leaf Miners are any insect that lays its eggs in the spongy layer between the upper and lower surfaces of leaves. The vast majority of leaf-mining insects are moths and flies, some beetles and wasps also exhibit this behavior. A few mining insects utilize other parts of a plant, such as the surface of a … Read more

Leafhopper Identification and Control

Macro of a caucasian green leafhopper sitting on a green leaf of a plant.

Leafhoppers are one of the largest families of plant-feeding insects. There are more species of this pest, than all species of birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians combined. Leafhoppers feed by sucking the sap of vascular plants, and are found almost anywhere such plants occur. Many leafhopper species are important agricultural pests. many have their particular … Read more

How to Control Grasshopper Infestations

Grasshopper resting on a green leaf.

Grasshoppers have been a crop pest since the beginning of time, they are even mentioned in the Bible as the Plague of Locusts. “Stretch out your hand over Egypt so that locusts will swarm over the land and devour everything growing in the fields, everything left by the hail …. By morning the wind had brought … Read more

How to Identify and Control Green Fruitworms

A green fruitworm crawls out of a damaged tomato fruit.

Named “Green” Fruitworms, not only because they are green, but because they primarily feed on Green or immature Fruit. Small larvae feed on young foliage initially, buds first and then later they devour blooms, and finally on the fruit when it becomes available. They cause deep, sunken pits in the fruit. Most of the fruit … Read more

Cranberry Fruitworm Identification and Control

Macro image of a cranberry fruitworm emerging from a blueberry fruit.

Cranberry fruitworms are a serious pest of blueberries, cranberries, and cherries . Infested berries may be harvested without detection, resulting in worms being found in packaged berries, not a pleasant sight when you’ve already eaten a few – good protein though. The adults are small brownish nocturnal moths that emerge in early spring and lay their … Read more