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Recognizing Friends, Eliminating Garden Foes using IPM methods

Pests in the garden can usually be controlled or eliminated by the gardener using Organic methods, apart from, or as a part of, an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program. Safety concerns for the applicator, and/or homeowner and those regarding edible produce are covered in detail by this category.

All About Skunks
What skunks look like, what skunks do, and why skunks spray noxious odors. And what you can and can't do about them in your state.

Controlling Pests that Pester You. Part 9: Plant Pests
Our survey showed that plant pests, such as mites, thrips, and aphids are among the top pests that invade homes. Learn about these and other plant pests, their behaviors and control.

How to get rid of Garden Slugs
Pest snails and slugs munch on a variety of garden, farm adn orchard produce from salad vegetables to potatoes, brussel sprouts and cereal crops, hibiscus, orchids, apples and pears. Step inside to learn all you ever wanted to know about these slimy pests.

What Least-toxic Products Will Get Rid of Garden Slugs?
Least-toxic garden slug controls are available commercially that do not harm either the environment or endanger pets, humans and other wildlife as toxic pellets and baits do. The following products, while not totally benign, are designed to get rid of garden slugs.

Using Natural Baits to Get Rid of Garden Slugs
Garden slugs may be slow moving but they are methodical and persistent and a few of them can mow down a garden almost overnight. Various methods can be used to rid the garden of these pesky snails, ranging from handpicking to trapping and placing barriers, to using biological controls such as ducks, beetles and beneficial slugs.

Controlling Corn Earworms Using Least-toxic Methods
Sweet, ornamental, field, Indian and popcorn are just a few types of this annual vegetable that we know for large ears of kernels. Practicing crop rotation, or NOT planting in an area where it has been grown in the past two years is one of the first steps in corn pest prevention. There are various pests that affect corn seedlings, corn leaves and corn ears and the following is a discussion of one of the more common corn pests: Corn Earworms.

Encourage Lizards to Live in Your Garden
Many lizard species feed exclusively on insects and other invertebrate pests, including slugs and snails. They can be encouraged to be permanent residents of the home garden by taking a few simple steps. To learn more, step inside.

How to Identify and Control Thrips Indoors, in the Garden and Greenhouse
Thrips are tiny insects, seen as slightly animated lines that run with veins on the underside of plant leaves. Plant damage caused by the thrip's scraping of the leaves and their fecal spots are usually more visible to the naked eye, than the insect. Thrips are often seen in the same areas as aphids and whiteflies so are often killed with their fellow pest insects when insecticides are used. So, because of that, thrips indoors may often go completely unnoticed.

Woodhchucks: Not Just For Groundhog Day Anymore
Woodchucks prefer to live on stream banks and gullies or on the edge of forested areas that border open land. Burrow entrances can be located by looking for excavated holes with dirt or rocks pushed to the side, although side entrances may be much more well hidden. Woodchucks enjoy a varied vegetarian diet from orchard fruit to field grasses like clover and alfalfa and garden staples like corn, beans and peas.

Saving Tomato Seeds in Three Easy Steps
Saving seeds from the garden is one way that a gardener can ensure that they have on-hand the plant varieties that grow well in their climate or that are their favorites for the vase, for attracting beneficial insects or for gracing the dinner table. The seeds of tomatoes and other soft-fruited plants, like squash, melons and cucumbers, can be saved easily, will be virtually no-cost, guaranteed fresh and should have a high germination rate that produces healthy, vigorous, disease-free seedlings.

Squash Bugs: Banish Them From the Home Garden
Do your squash leaves have pale green patches, with older patches that are turning brown while the vines themselves are wilting? If so, Squash Bugs are probably to blame. Step inside to learn how to control them, Squash Vine Borers, and Cucumber Beetles.

Use Copper to Control Diseases Organically
Available in liquid or dust form from nurseries, garden centers and online, Copper is a natural fungicide and will control a wide variety of diseases on vine crops such as melons and cucumbers in addition to potatoes, tomatoes and roses. Specifically, Copper is effective against leaf spot, anthracnose, black spot on roses and tomatoes as well as downy and powdery mildew.

Copper can even be combined with rotenone and used as an insecticide.

Detect Tomato Diseases by Using This Step by Step Method
Tomatoes can be susceptible to a plethora of diseases, their symptoms visible as spottted, yellow, curled or wilted leaves, fruit with rotted ends, spots or covered in white mildew or stems that are stunted, cracked or filled with holes. Following a step-by-step method can lead to easy, early detection before the disease consumes the tomato plant or spreads throughout the garden.

Identification, Control and Prevention of Common Squash Pest Problems
Squash are one of the most popular of vegetables, the warm weather varieties grown in the summer are eaten while the rind and seeds are still immature while minimize cooler weather cousins should be left on the vines until they fully mature. Squash prefer well drained soil packed with organic matter. Mulch can be used to prevent water evaporation and to minimize disease. Squash should not be grown in the same garden area more often than every four years.

Beneficial Nematodes: Root Zone Guardians on 24 Hour Patrol
Nematodes, those microscopic, yet dastardly wormy pests of the garden, usually are known for their damage; gnarled tomato, pepper, corn and potato roots or weakened stems and dying tissues on onions and chrysanthemums. Yet the root knot species responsible for these acts of garden mayhem are the outlaw cousins of the beneficial species that enrich the living soil by breaking down organic matter in addition to preying on a smorgasbord of pests.

Thrips: Identification and Control in the Home Garden
Found in a rainbow of North American plants from avocadoes to beans, onions, citrus trees and market flowers, thrips are tiny insects,(fringed-winged individuals are hard to see without a magnifying glass)and those species that are plant feeders can scar leaf, flower or fruit surfaces with silvery speckling when they puncture and suck out the cell's content.

Controlling Birds in the Home Garden
Birds undeniably gobble up insect pests in the garden yet they also eat entire fruits and vegetables or pick at them, making them unedible or totally unattractive for the gardener's table. Therefore, the gardener's focus of pest control in the garden is to protect plants or trees from bird predation through physical barriers or methods that cause the potential bird goodies to be less appealing

Rabbits in Wonderland; Such Pests They be Too
Due to their persistence and sheer abundance, rabbits can quickly become a pest in the home garden if not barred entry with fencing or deterred by organic repellants. This article discusses how to keep bunnies out of your Wonderland.

Using Horticultural Oils as Alternatives to Synthetic Pesticides
Horticultural oils are an effective pesticide, cheaper than beneficial insects and safe for applicators, gardeners, families and pets. Using less or no synthetic pesticides will increase the numbers and diversity of beneficial insects as well as enhancing the health and sustainability of the environment.

Living Mulches Control Farm and Garden Pests
Farmers have historically used living mulches such as alfalfa and clover to decrease soil erosion, suppress weeds and to supplement nitrogen however USDA studies have confirmed that living mulches also host thriving communities of pest predators. These insect enemies, primarily arachnids and ground beetles, ate from 13-51% more pest pupae in test crops such as corn and soybeans, than in mulch-less control plots. So these bio-dynamic ground covers can be used in farm and home garden IPM programs.

Pest Control by Pruning- Simple Yet Effective for Home and Garden
Pruning can be a simple, yet effective pest control measure for home and garden plants.

Using Integrated Pest Management to Grow Your Vegetable Garden
Integrated Pest Management or IPM, combined with organic growing methods, works with nature to limit pest populations, producing healthy, edible produce while protecting the environment.

Control Mosquitoes in Your Home and Garden
Like most pests, mosquitoes can be controlled by arming yourself with knowledge and applying common sense preventive measures.

Control of Slugs in the Garden
Slugs in the garden can be controlled by baiting and trapping, eliminating hiding places and providing physical barriers.

Ticks and Lyme Disease
Lyme Disease in the United States is spread when humans are bitten by an infected tick. The elimination of prime tick habitats and the adoption of preventive measures can help keep these bites to a minimum.

Pesticide Drift and Water Contamination
If an application of pesticides is deemed absolutely necessary, an applicator can follow the safety practices detailed in this checklist to avoid pesticide drift and water contamination.

The Non-Pest Luna Moth

Control of the Destructive Gypsy Moth

Good vs. Bad Ladybugs


How To Control Japanese Beetles and Grubs
Japanese beetles and grubs cause significant damage to plants, but they can be controlled. Find out how.


A Six-Step Strategy for Slug Control
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