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Keeping Slugs Off Hostas
This page is about keeping slugs off hostas. Slugs are a common pest to Hostas and can munch large holes in their leaves.
Keeping Bees Out of a Hummingbird Feeder
Bees and hummingbirds are often found in the same places in your garden. However, if you are putting out food for the hummingbirds it can attract an unwanted amount of bees. This is a page about keeping bees out of your hummingbird feeder.
Getting Rid of Ants in Outdoor Potted Plants
This is a page about getting rid of ants in outdoor potted plants. Trying to safely get rid of ants in your outdoor potted plants can be frustrating.
Getting Rid of Webworms on Pecan Trees
Web worms are the larval stage of a small white moth. They typically appear on pecan and other trees in late summer and early fall. Sprays, both organic and chemical, can be used. Breaking the web and allowing birds to feast has worked for one reader. This is a page about getting rid of web worms on pecan trees.
Keeping Ants Off Trees and Shrubs
This page is about keeping ants off trees and shrubs. These insects are responsible for farming aphids on many garden plants and trees.
Fleas in My Vegetable Garden
I have a great little vegetable garden that's 5 square meters. It is full of vegetables, but also seems to be full of fleas. I discovered this when my little puppy became full of fleas despite using Frontline (flea protection).
Homemade Deer Repellents
This page is about homemade deer repellents. Although proper fencing is the best way to deter deer, there are some things that fend them off.
Getting Rid of Ants in a Vegetable Garden
This page is about getting rid of ants in a vegetable garden. Ants eat some plants and are notorious for farming aphids in the garden.
Protecting My Hibiscus Plant From Little Green Worms
The caterpillar or larval stage of several insects enjoy munching on hibiscus plant leaves. This is a page about protecting my hibiscus plant from little green worms.
Bugs Feeding on My Hibiscus
Some type of bug is chewing big holes in the leaves of my hibiscus plants. I have seen a few white flies, but I don't think that they are the culprit. This morning I saw the bug but have no idea what it is. It looks like a tiny mosquito. It has wings and maybe a green or yellow middle section. They fly very fast and about 5 to 10 were on some of the leaves. Please help. Thanks!
Keeping Squirrels from Eating Pecans
How do I get rid of pesky squirrels, other than killing them, so I can eat some of my pecans?
Egg Deer Repellant Recipe
Deer don't like eggs, by using this recipe you will be able to deter deer away from your garden. This page has recipes for egg deer repellants.
Organic Pest Control in the Garden
This is a page about organic pest control in the garden. Using organic pest control methods is a great alternative to the use of harmful pesticides.
Bug Eating My Rose of Sharon
This is a page about bug eating my rose of Sharon. Identifying the garden pests attacking your plants is the first step in getting rid of them.
Protecting Hosta Plants From Slugs
My Hosta plants are attacked by slugs when the leaves are at their peak! I have tried the beer in low cans which does help but they are messy to clean and when it rains they all have to be refilled again. I also tried putting eggshells around the base of the plants but this was not very successful in controlling them. Does anyone have a non-toxic solution to this problem?
Something Is Eating My Pepper Plants
Many insects and other critters enjoy the vegetables in our garden as much as we do. This is a page about something is eating my pepper plants.
Wrap Tree Trunk With Clear Plastic to Prevent Squirrel Damage
Squirrels have been eating the bark off our red bud tree and have damaged it considerably. After trying almost every suggestion on the internet, we came upon a solution.
Removing White Flies from Hibiscus
To rid your hibiscus plant of white flies spray with a mixture of 1 gallon warm water that has 1 cup sour milk and 1 Tbsp. flour added. Spray both sides of the leaves. This is a guide about removing white flies from hibiscus.
Protecting Tomato Plants from Animals
This is a page about protecting tomato plants from animals. We are not the only ones who enjoy a delicious tomato. Deer and even squirrels will help themselves to your garden produce. Depending on who is nibbling, there are different measures you can take to discourage your unwelcome dinner guests.
Saving My Plants from Japanese Beetles
In addition to the pesticide sprays on the market you can use more natural solutions for getting rid of Japanese beetles in your garden. Try spraying a soap solution on the leaves. This is a page about saving my plants from Japanese beetles.
Round Holes in Lilac Bushes
Round holes in your lilac bush's leaves may be the result of leaf cutter bees. These unaggressive pollinators cut circular or semicircular holes in leaves and use the material to line their nests. This is a page about what would eat round holes in lilac bushes.
Something Is Eating the Leaves on My Lilies
I have tall white lilies and shorter stargazer type lilies and something is eating all the leaves. The flowers appear untouched, but the rest of the plant is ugly. What is doing this and what can I do to change this?
Something Is Eating the Leaves on Canna Lilies
Various garden insects can do damage to the leaves of your plants. Discovering the culprit can help you get rid of them. This is a page about something is eating the leaves on canna lilies.
Something is Eating My Hibiscus
From slugs to rodents, many animals like to feed off of flower shoots. This is a page about something is eating my hibiscus.
Using Egg Shells for Cutworms
Spreading crushed eggshells around your garden bed in the spring can help kill off cutworms. This is a page about using egg shells for cutworms.
Use Tape to Remove Bugs from Plants
A natural solution for a small bug infestation on your houseplants is to remove them using tape. No pesticides necessarily needed. This page is about how you can use tape to remove bugs from plants.
Organic Pesticide Information
You don't have to use dangerous chemicals to control pests. There are many organic options to use as pesticides in your garden. This is a page about organic pesticide information.
Soda Bottles To Deter Cabbage Moth
I was given a packet of cabbage seed. I planted them without reading the packet information. Later, I read that this Brunswick variety is best planted in the fall. My ag agent said they should do fine with some mulching. To protect the seedlings I used recycled plastic soda bottles.
Using Black Pepper for Garden Pests
Many gardeners prefer to use natural remedies for common pests. This is a page about using black pepper for garden pests.
Using Mylar Ribbons as a Deer Deterrent
Deers do not like shiny mylar ribbon. By tying it around your garden, you will be able to deter deer from nibbling on your plants. Learn more about using mylar ribbons as deer deterrent in this page.
Gnats on Houseplants
Gnats are a nuisance, especially when your house plants are covered in them. Get tips on getting rid of gnats on houseplants in this page.
Preventing Grubs From Eating Tomatoes
Grubs can attack tomatoes as the result of two situations. They may be the larvae of moths or could be entering fruit that has split from excess moisture. Differing solutions exist for each cause. This is a page about preventing grubs from eating tomatoes.
Using Tobacco Juice to Control Garden Pests
This is a page about using tobacco juice to control garden pests. Tobacco leaves or cut tobacco can be mixed with water and sprayed on veggies to control some garden pests.
Controlling Squash Vine Borers
This is a page about controlling squash vine borers. Prevent these pests from gaining access to the squash plants before they can destroy your whole crop.
Colorado Potato Beetle Spray Recipe
This is a page about Colorado potato beetle spray recipe. These potato pests can consume all the leaves of your crop. A spray can deter the beetles from your plants.
Animals Eating My Tomato Plants
This is a page about animals eating my tomato plants. To stop the garden feasting, you will first want to identify the culprit.
Controlling Leaf Miners
This is a page about controlling leaf miners. Leaf miners do damage to leafy green crops. Preventing them will help you avoid losing your crops.
Garden Insects: Imported Cabbage Worms
This is a page about garden insects: imported cabbage worms. The imported cabbage worm is one of the most common destructive pests that attack the cole crops (such as cabbage, kale, rutabaga) in your garden.
Controlling Tomato Hornworms
This is a page about controlling tomato hornworms. The tomato hornworm is a common, destructive pest found in the garden ravaging not only tomato, but also, potato, pepper, eggplant, and tobacco plants.
Inexpensive Bird Netting
This page is about inexpensive bird netting. Protecting your garden fruits can be accomplished with netting, but it can get expensive and not last as long as you need it.
Preventing Frogs from Laying Eggs in a Pool
This page is about preventing frogs from laying eggs in a pool. Unwelcome guests may find your pool a good place to reproduce.
Grasshoppers Eating Flowers
Grasshoppers are a garden pest that enjoy eating plants. This page is about preventing grasshoppers from eating flowers.
Worms Eating Tomatoes
This is a page about worms eating tomatoes. Tomato plants are attractive to many different types of worms.
Keeping Birds from Eating Strawberries
This page is about keeping birds from eating strawberries. Protect your berries from thieves so you can enjoy them.
Grubs Eating Marigolds
This is a page about grubs eating marigolds. The larval stage of certain beetles can attack the roots of your garden plants. There are several methods you can use to get rid of grubs and help save your flowers.
Getting Rid of Ants on Strawberry Plants
This page is about getting rid of ants on strawberry plants. Some insects like your strawberries as much as you do.
Protecting Your Garden From Locusts
This is a page about protecting your garden from locusts. Locusts are a type of grasshopper. Swarms of them can descend on your garden and wreak havoc.
Marigolds for Pest Control
This is a page about marigolds for pest control. Marigolds are often used as companion plants in gardens because of their reputation for deterring certain garden pests.
Spiders for Pest Control in the Garden
This page is about spiders for pest control in the garden. These amazing creatures can help reduce the plant eating insects in the garden.
Plants That Repel Insects
This is a page about plants that repel insects. Certain plants are known for their ability to repel some types of insects.
Getting Rid of Grasshoppers Naturally
This page is about getting rid of grasshoppers naturally. Too many of these insects can cause a lot of damage in the garden.
Getting Rid of White Flies in the Garden
This page is about getting rid of white flies in the garden. Finding the best way to reduce the number of insect pests is every gardener's goal.
Controlling Insects in Your Vegetable Garden
This page is about controlling insects in your vegetable garden. Knowing what insects benefit your garden plants, helps you identify the ones you don't want.
Keeping Animals Out of Your Garden
This is a page about keeping animals out of your garden. Whether it is your neighbor's pet or some form of wildlife, keeping animals out of the garden can be difficult.
Keeping Pets Out of the Garden
This is a page about keeping pets out of the garden. The soft, nicely turned earth of your gardens is good for your flowers, but it is also unfortunately quite attractive to your and the neighbor's pets.
Protecting Your Garden From Pests
This is a page about protecting your garden from pests. Your beautiful flower or vegetable garden can come under attack from a wide variety of pests from insects to cute little furry wildlife.
Attracting Toads to Your Garden
This is a page about attracting toads to your garden. Tried of having your flowers and vegetables serve as a smorgasbord for all kinds of garden pest. The toad is a great natural pest control solution.
What Are These Bugs?
I have never seen these funny yellow gold bugs before. They are smaller than a tomato seed. They appeared on a plant from a bulb DD ordered for me. The plant has not had a flower yet. This is the tallest of the plants out of 5 bulbs. The others have not bloomed and are only about 4 inches tall. They are either Grecian Rose or Asclepias mixture, which never grew at all.
Animal or Bird Biting Off Top of Plants
What is biting my plants in half? They are biting the stem so the top of the plant is broken off, but not eating the greens just ruining the plant?
Getting Rid of Stink Bugs
This page is about getting rid of stink bugs. Stink bugs are an irritating pest that can cause a lot of damage to plants.
Getting Rid of Garden Pests
I live in AZ and my hydrangea plants continually get infested by bugs along with some of my geranium plants. I have tried store bought insecticide and squirt of dishwashing soap/water solution in a spray bottle.
Rose of Sharon Buds Being Chewed
Something is eating the tips of my rose of Sharon buds. I've sprayed with Sevin and pulled all the chewed buds off the bush. All the new buds that grow are being chewed and never bloom. The leaves are healthy and there's lots of new growth on the bush.
Protecting Grapes from Birds
This is a guide about protecting grapes from birds.
What is Eating My Plants?
Something is eating certain leaves in my garden. I just potted a coleus plant on Sunday and something is eating that one already. I also have a sweet potato vine growing right near this and a full pot of basil, which are not touched at all.
Getting Rid of Spiders in the Garden
I have an infestation of "harvestman" spiders in my garden, I need help! They suck the juice out of the leaves of the plant. If I spray a hosta plant there will be at least 100 of them running on our deck. They are everywhere, in every plant.
Controlling Aphids on My Flowering Plums
I have flowering plums lining my driveway, and usually when I spray Ivory liquid in my sprayer, it controls the aphids, but not so this year. Is there a root treatment I can use?
Protecting Plants from Potato Beetles
What can you do to protect your potato plants from beetles?
What Kind of Worms are These?
My dad took this picture of thousands of worms headed for his flower bed in NC. Is anyone familiar? We have never seen such a thing!
Getting Rid of Pests on Onion Plants
How do I get rid of all the pests on my onion plants?
Homemade Insect Protection for Apple Trees
Is there a recipe for home-made insect protection of apple trees?
What Are These Insect Towers?
These insect towers have started to show up on my driveway. When I collapse them depending on the stage of development, I see either white crawling multipeds or flies with long oval wings. I wonder if they're a danger to my plants. I can't find any insects resembling them anywhere.
Small Black Caterpillars Eating Leaves on Weeping Cherry
I have a little black caterpillars eating all the leaves on my new weeping cherry. How can I get rid of them?
Squash Bugs on Gourds
My birdhouse gourds have squash bugs everywhere. There are too many to spray. My gourds are starting to get eaten and have brown spots on them. Should I pick the gourds early to save them from the bugs?
How to Get Rid of Snakes
Is there a particular plant that will discourage snakes from coming onto my property?
Green Stink Bug Looking Insect Attacking Flowers and Tomatoes
I have bugs attacking my sunflowers, dahlias, roses, and tomatoes. It looks like a stink bug that is green, but how do I get rid of them in a natural way?
Something is Eating the Tops Off of My Tomatoes and Peppers
Something is eating the top off of my tomatoes and peppers. I noticed it just in the last 2 days. What could it be?
Bugs on Potato Plants
Does anyone know what I can use to keep the bugs off my potato plants without using chemicals?
Something is Eating My Tiger Lilies
What could be eating my tiger lily blooms? Just after they begin to bloom, they are snipped off just below the blooms.
Removing Aphids Organically
I need an organic way to get rid of the aphids on my squash plants.
Getting Rid of Blackbirds
Black birds are eating our suet and so the woodpeckers are staying away. The blackbirds eat a cake of suet in a day! Is there anyway to discourage them, actually send them on their way? We have so many other birds we'd rather be feeding. Thanks.
Keeping Insects Out of Bird Food Bags
Does anyone have a method to get rid of the moths that that develop in bird seed? We do not buy by bulk, we buy packaged seed like Kaytee. I use the little fly traps, recommended in the pet catalogs, but it does not take care of them all.
Disappearing Zucchini Blossoms
What is snapping the flowers off my zucchini plants? We have a 2 ft. fence around it.
Can I Use Dish Soap to Get Rid of Garden Pests?
I heard that you can use a mild mixture of dishsoap and water to spray on your garden plants to prevent bugs. Is this true? My beans are being eaten severely.
Rabbits and Squirrels Eating Garden Plants
How can you keep rabbits and squirrels from eating your garden plants?
Getting Rid of Pests on Potatoes
How do you get rid of garden pests on potatoes? In the past we would use potato dust, but it is not available anymore. Thanks in advance.
Getting Rid of Frog in My Yard
Does anyone know how to rid toads/frogs from your garden? They "talk" all night and it is impossible to get a nights rest.
Keeping Flies Off of Shrubs
How do you keep flies off of shrubbery? It is a green shrub with green and white leaves and sometimes green and yellow leaves.
Organic Treatment for Plum Curculio Beetles
My fruit trees have insects called curculio that destroy all the fruit when it is about an inch long. The agricultural department says the only thing you can use to kill this long nose insect is serious poisons. Does anyone know of a homemade organic way of getting rid of these little creatures?
Little Green Worms on Zucchini Leaves
I found little green worms on my Zucchini plants. They are under the leaves. Some of them are in a web like material. How do I get rid of them and keep them from coming back?
Aphids on Dill Plants
Aphids are taking over my dill, what do I do?
Gnats on Plants
I recently repotted an indoor plant, put it back in my bathroom, and holy mackrel, hundreds of those little black bugs hatched over three weeks. I bug bombed the bathroom and it worked great.
Will Vicks on the Fence Keep Raccoons Out?
Will using Vicks on top of my fence keep raccoons out?
Squirrel Eating Tree Bark
I have a problem with squirrels eating the bark on our red bud tree. Does anyone know where I can buy a tree baffle or how to make one? I have a baffle on our bird feeder, but that is too small for a tree.
Getting Rid Of Spider Mites
I would like information for how to get rid of spider mites naturally on my houseplants.
Seal Pruned Roses With Glue
To keep Rose Bores from burrowing into the pruned ends of Rose bushes, my mother always put a dab of white school glue, like Elmers, on the pruned end. I've been doing that for years and it works great.
Voles in the Garden
How do I keep a voles out of the garden?
Brown Bugs Eating My Flowers
I have these strange bugs attacking my flowers petunias, marigolds, etc. They are like a large ladybug, only brown rather than orange. They fly when disturbed.
Rodents Eating My Tomatoes
We have a tomato plant on our deck, hanging in an upside down plant hanger. Something has been ravaging it during the night. The leaves are curled and some are chewed with holes. Some are missing altogether.
Red Pepper as a Pest Deterrent
Two years ago I planted quite a few annuals, particularly impatiens, which I love. Within 10 days, nearly all of them had been munched right down to the ground. GRRR!
Holes in Leaves of Basil and Pepper Plants
I have bugs on Basil and Pepper plants. There are lots of little holes on both plants.
Preventing a Dog from Peeing on Plants
How can I keep my dogs from urinating on my flowers and bushes?
Worms Eating Cherry Tree Leaves
What are the little worms eating leaves on my flowering cherry tree - they also hang from the branches?
Identifying What Is Eating My Tomato Plants
Something has been in my garden eating green tomatoes and some leaves and leaving a green scat that kinda looks like miniature corn on the cob or pine cones.
Getting Rid of Aphids on Crepe Myrtles
My crepe myrtle bushes have been damaged by aphids. I trimmed off all the branches, but not the trunk. It's the first of October. Do you think they will give me a pretty blooms next summer? I tried spraying them with aphid pesticides, but it didn't work. I thought about vinegar next time. These bushes are in front of my house.
Green Worms on Hibiscus Plant
How to get rid of the little green worms on my hibiscus?
Identifying Insects and Eggs in Soil
What kind of eggs and insect is this on my soil? When I watered my plants it would have dust coming out of them. It seems like they are trying to protect themselves from the water. There are a lot of them, like thousands.
Banana Pepper Plant Leaves Damaged
I have a young banana pepper plant growing in a pot on a patio garden. However, almost all the leaves have some damage from something (I am guessing a pets/insect of some sort). My other plants, including a tomato, are unaffected. I have treated it with the recommended pest control, but I am wondering if I should prune the damaged leaves/stems or leave them alone.
Keeping Yellow Jackets Away from Hummingbird Feeder
How can I stop yellow jackets from flying around the "port hole" of my hummingbird feeder?
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