Shy and misunderstood, bats are a benefit to the gardener

Bats.  Their mere mention evokes visions of silent, blood-sucking creatures that haunt the night skies or so the scary movies would have us believe.  Centuries of superstition and misinformation have landed the furry, winged mammals with the undeserved reputation of nighttime villain.  T’aint so.  Overall, bats provide positive benefits to the environment – consuming huge …

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These pests love hot, dry and dusty conditions

Hot, dry and dusty are pretty typical outdoor conditions for this time of year. The last rains were months ago; late summer and early fall often features toasty daytime temperatures with low relative humidity. Most people, plants and animals don’t prefer it, but it’s ideal for pesky spider mites. More than 200 different plant species, …

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These ancient, elegant insects are a bane to mosquitos

Easily recognized for their rather ethereal beauty, the “dragon” portion of their name comes from their fierce jaws that they use to catch their flying prey. The “fly” portion of their name is apt – they are the world’s fastest insects, capable of reaching speeds of up to 60 mph. Dragonflies and their smaller counterparts, …

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