Root Maggots On The Rampage: Wiping Out Delia Species Pests

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If you’re noticing a proliferation of flies, and your brassicas or root vegetables are starting to yellow, it’s a warning sign. You may have an infestation of root maggots. These fly larvae are no joke! Hungrily, they will chew through your plants, causing them to lose vigor, wilt, yellow, and possibly die off. Rescuing your … Read more

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Scale Insects: All About Them And How To Get Rid Of Them

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Ew, scale insects! Whether flat against leaves or fruit, or lumpy bumps on branches or stems, this widespread superfamily of insects is well over 8000 species strong. Many of them are agricultural pests, while others prey on trees or other plant life. But they’re all sap-sucking invaders who can spread a wide variety of plant … Read more

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Whiteflies: How To Wipe Out These Tiny White Insects For Good

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Much like aphids, whiteflies are a scourge in the garden. These tiny pale pests suck the sap from plants and spread diseases. Worse yet, they’re so miniscule that they can fit through a lot of mesh screening. Because of this, the whitefly is also a major problem in greenhouses and indoor growing spaces. But don’t … Read more

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Mexican Bean Beetle: How To Eliminate Epilachna Varivestis

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The Mexican bean beetle looks an awful lot like a ladybug of a different color, and we all love ladybugs, or as some call them, ladybirds. But under that cute orangish exterior lies a voracious agricultural pest. Unlike its sweet red relatives, it doesn’t prey on other pest insects, but on the plants themselves. How … Read more

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Cucumber Beetle Battle: How To Rid Your Garden Of These Pests

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The last thing you want to see in your yard is a cucumber beetle. No, really, I’m not kidding. If you are starting to see these little beetles scattered around your garden, that is a major problem. The larvae have a tendency to gnaw on the roots of your plants, and the adults chew on … Read more

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Leafhopper Pests: How To Kill Off Lurking Cicadellidae

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Lurking in your garden, there’s a pest which is feasting upon the leaf sap in your plants: the leafhopper. This relative of the cicada insect is nowhere near as noisy as its distant cousin. Instead, it announces its arrival by damaging the tender leaves of your favorite crop plants, sucking the life right out of … Read more

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Flea Beetle Destruction: How To Wipe Out These Jumping Pests

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A flea beetle is not a flea. Let’s get that out of the way right at the beginning! In fact, fleas and flea beetles have almost nothing in common, although they’re often confused with fleas by those less familiar with them. This is not the pest that bites your dogs and cats (and sometimes you). … Read more

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Army Worms: Eliminating These Munching Menaces

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If you’ve ever watched a row of plants get demolished by army worms, you’ll know in part how they get their name. These ravenous little caterpillars will devour an entire plant and then move on en-masse to the next, gobbling that one down with equal vigor. But what exactly is an armyworm? Are there different … Read more

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Asparagus Beetles: All You Need To Know About The Crioceris Species

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Asparagus is a great crop to grow. This perennial produces delicious spears every year in the spring. But there is a down side to growing this phenomenal edible… the asparagus beetle. You might not be alarmed when you see the first couple asparagus beetles, but if they’re not dealt with quickly, you will have a … Read more

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Tomato Hornworms: Wiping Out Manduca Quinquemaculata

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Anyone who’s as much a fan of home-grown tomatoes as I am is terrified of this fat green tomato worm, and for good reason. Tomato hornworms can destroy tomato plants in rapid-fire fashion. But there’s still hope! With some preparation and careful management, you can get rid of this garden pest and keep it from … Read more

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Potato Bugs: How To Wipe Out Leptinotarsa Decemlineata

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The potato bug, also called the Colorado potato beetle (Leptinotarsa decemlineata), is a very common agricultural pest. Many have bemoaned the day that these pesky little bugs appear in their garden. But there’s ways to wipe them out! Today I’m going to tell you everything you need to know about the potato bug and how … Read more

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The Best Ant Killers Available Right Now: 2017 Edition

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There are millions of ants in the world, and they get everywhere. While I’ve focused in-depth on ants and organic ways to eliminate them in the past, one thing I haven’t done is to focus in on some of the many great commercial options to kill these pesky little pests. Every supermarket, hardware store, big-box … Read more

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Killing Squash Bugs: How To Identify and Control Anasa Tristis

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In late summer, your pumpkin patch starts showing odd signs of wilt. It’s patchy at first, but you start noticing yellowed and darkened leaves, wilted vines, and you may actually start seeing young pumpkins start to turn yellow and die on the vine. Your zucchini plant’s starting to do the same. And worse, you’re seeing … Read more

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Cabbage Worms: Everything You Need To Know About the Pieris Species

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You’re starting to find holes in the leaves of your kale, and for that matter, in your cabbage, brussels sprouts, or other brassica-family plants. The leaves of the neat rows of radishes you’ve planted are showing signs of chewing, too. Some leaves have little off-white or yellowish spots on their undersides. And you just saw … Read more

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Tomato Hornworms – Controlling Summer’s Most Destructive Garden Pest!

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When it comes to destructive summer garden pests, tobacco and tomato hornworms might just top the list! The ugly green creatures can measure 4 to 5 inches long, and devour tomato and pepper plants overnight.  Hornworms are found in almost

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Battling Summer Garden Pests Successfully – Without Harsh Chemicals!

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Winning the war against summer garden pests without harsh chemicals. Summer is here. And so are the myriad of insects, animals and pests that love to invade you and your landscape! From Japanese beetles, tomato hornworms, aphids, cabbage worms, slugs, rabbits, and

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20+ Neem Oil Uses In The Garden and Beyond

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As gardeners, we’re always looking for an edge… Something that’ll prevent pests, diseases, and make our lives easier out there in the garden. A long-time favorite of both beginner and veteran growers is neem oil. But what is this “magical” substance exactly and how does it work? Is it safe? Can you use it for … Read more

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How To Protect Your Garden From Cabbage Worms And Moths – Naturally!

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Anyone who has ever grown cabbage, broccoli or cauliflower knows the damage cabbage worms and cabbage moths can do! One day your plants are healthy and vibrant, and then suddenly it looks like they have become riddled with holes like

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6 Experts Give Their Top 3 Gardening Tips on How to Keep Pests Out of Your Garden

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6 Experts Give Their Top 3 Gardening Tips on How to Keep Pests Out of Your Garden Starting and maintaining a garden takes hard work, patience, and some basic awareness.  Don’t let garden pests ruin all that hard work, and your beautiful garden, by taking some preventive steps that are easy and effective.  BugsBeGone site …

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7 Quick Garden Tips To Keep Your Garden Beautiful This Summer!

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We have all been there. One day, its late Spring and the garden is growing beautifully – and in the blink of an eye – summer rolls in and it all becomes a tangled jungle of weeds & bugs!  But

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5 Natural Garden Sprays For Combating Insects, Pests and Animals

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When you rely on your garden to provide a large portion of your family’s food – you want to make sure that the food coming out is as healthy and pure as possible. For us, that means using ZERO pesticides and

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13 Ways to Use Crushed Eggshells in the Home & Garden

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…and how to pasteurize them before you use them I usually have 3 to 5 dozen eggs in my house at all times. We eat a lot of eggs. I used to throw the shells away or put them in the compost pile but now I save them for repurposing.  This is how I process […]

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Garden Pests Part Two – The Insect Variety

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Garden Pests Part TwoInsects can be hard to get rid of, especially if your garden is organic, as you don’t want to use common chemical pesticides to kill them off. Some insects are small and hard to see, making it even tougher to remove them from your vegetables. Thankfully there are ways of getting rid of these pests without having to resort to methods that will harm your vegetables as well as the insects munching or living on them.

Aphids – Aphids don’t just go after one type of plant – they go after many different kinds, turning their leaves yellow by sucking out the sap. Instead of spraying your plants with a chemical pesticide, there are several other methods of getting rid of them. You can spray them with a mild soap spray (a few drops of liquid soap in a gallon of water) or use row covers and yellow sticky traps to catch the aphids before they get to your plants.

Weevils – You know that weevils have invaded your garden when you see holes punched in your plants’ leaves. They can also remove all of the foliage from your plants. Weevils will go after many different plants, not just specific ones, which makes them even more of a nuisance. In order to keep weevils away, make sure that your garden is as clean and free of debris as possible. Weevils like a messy environment, so by not giving them one, they’ll steer clear.

Slugs – Slugs are unpleasant creatures that will eat the foliage and fruits right off of your plants. While they are big and slow enough to be removed from your plants by hand, that can quickly become an annoyance. You are better off setting up a few anti-slug measures, like arranging a border around your garden and lining it with ashes, sand or lime to keep the slugs at bay.

Leaf miners – Leaf miners will stunt your plants’ growth by tunneling inside of the leaves and eating whichever parts they find appealing. Unfortunately, they like many different types of plants, so they can be tricky to avoid. However, by setting up row covers and removing the infected leaves, you can rid your garden of these insects.

Cutworms – Cutworms will kill your plants if you don’t get to them first. They can be hard to detect, as they attack your plant’s stem from the soil line and begin to eat their way through it. By keeping your garden clean and weed-free, not to mention being very careful when you transplant your seedlings, you can keep cutworms out of your garden.

Hornworms – Hornworms prefer to snack on your tomato, eggplant, pepper and potato plants. They go after the leaves and fruit of each plant, destroying your crops before they have a chance to fully ripen. If you don’t have any of these plants in your garden, then you won’t have to worry about these insects. But if you do, you can get rid of them by sprinkling dried hot pepper on your plants or removing the insects by hand.

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Garden Pests – And How to Get Rid of Them

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Rabbit in gardenYou love your garden and all of the vegetables growing in it. Unfortunately, so do the critters living in your neighborhood. Whether you have deer chewing on your tomato plants, birds stealing your strawberries or mice, rats and raccoons walking off with your carrots, you’ll need to do something to protect your crops. After all, you’re trying to grow vegetables, not provide food for  every creature in the neighborhood.

Deer – Deer will wander into your garden in the evenings, early mornings and even the middle of the night, so you may not see them until they have already damaged your drops. You can protect your garden by erecting a tall fence that’s made of wood or chunks of stone, since deer don’t like to jump solid fences. If this is out of the question, then hanging bars of soap from area trees or tying them to stakes sticking out of the ground will keep the deer away.

Rabbit – Rabbits are cute, but they’ll lose their cuteness once you realize that they’ve eaten all of the low-hanging leaves off of your vegetable plants. The best way to keep rabbits out of your garden is by installing a very low fence that is around 2-feet tall all around your growing area. If you have cats, sprinkling some used cat litter around the borders of your garden will also scare away rabbits, since cats are their natural predators. The downfall to this is that it might attract all of the feral cats in your neighborhood.

Birds – Birds like to eat ripe berries right off of your strawberry plants and raspberry bushes. They will also eat any invading insects, which makes them kind of a mixed blessing. Rather than scare off birds altogether, simply protect your fruit plants by covering them with netting. This will prevent the birds from getting to the ripe fruit, but make it easy for you to pick the fruit, as all that you need to do is remove the netting. If you don’t want the birds around at all, setting up plastic replicas of their predators (large owls and snakes) around your garden will scare them away.

Raccoons – Raccoons sneak into your garden at night and eat all that they can get their paws on. Motion-sending lights can scare them off, as will recordings of loud noises. You can also place a low fence around your entire garden (similar to the one that will prevent rabbits from getting in) or place particularly appealing plants in a cage to keep raccoons from getting to them. If none of these measures work, contact your local animal control officers about setting up humane traps to catch the raccoons.

Mice and Rats – Mice and rats will eat just about any fruits or vegetables that they can reach. Rats are mainly nocturnal, but mice will venture out at all times of the day. You will know that you have them when you find small droppings around your garden and bite marks on your vegetables. Placing a series of humane traps around your garden should take care of these pests.

Sick of Pests Ruining Your Garden? Natural Pest Control is NOT a Dream!

Be Self SufficientDo you want to be rid of pests in your garden?

If you’ve ever wanted to find out how to get rid of pests organically, then I highly recommend that you check out Companion Planting and Natural Pest Control for Veggies.

The Companion Planting and Natural Pest Control for Veggies can help you rid your garden of pests organically. You’ll learn 7 proven strategies for discouraging pests and 11 must have plants which attract good predatory insects. Get this comprehensive and gorgeous book today.

Click here to see if it is right for you.

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