National Moth Week is July 17 – 25

Given their muted colors, their unjust reputation as just pests, and their night flying nature, most people fail to take notice of moths. Yet they outnumber butterflies, their nearest relative, by more than 10 to 1. And there are upward of 11,000 moth species in the United States alone — that’s more than all the …

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Snakes are good for the Garden

It’s a good time to recognize these natural pest controllers!  Gardeners should be glad to see snakes glide through the garden. These much-maligned reptiles consume garden pests, including slugs, grubs, mice, voles, and rats. Garter snakes are the most common type found in our area.  They’re medium-sized slender snakes with a head barely wider than …

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Support your Garden Predators!

Predators are one of the primary groups used in the biological control of insects and mite pests. These include some of the larger insects and spiders along with amphibians, birds, mammals, and reptiles. Consume many prey during their development. Are generally larger than their prey. All life stages may be predators; some are only predators …

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It’s National Pollinator Week – June 21 – 27.

It’s an opportunity to learn more about the importance of pollinators and – brace yourself – imagine a world without bees.  And check out Pollinators Under Pressure. Want to amaze your friends? Mention these pollination fast facts. Better yet, make it a point to try these 7 things you can do for pollinators with friends and family. …

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It’s World Bee Day!

May 20 is World Bee Day.  The United Nations designated this day to raise awareness of the importance of pollinators, the threats they face and their contribution to sustainable development. Bees and other pollinators, such as butterflies, bats, and hummingbirds, are increasingly under threat from human activities. Pollination is a fundamental process for the survival …

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The white knights of the garden

Beneficial insects aka natural enemies or good bugs are predators that help control pests. Some common ones you’re likely to see in the spring garden include: Green lacewings – recognizable with their slender pale green body, delicate gossamer wings and immense golden eyes. The adult consumes only pollen and nectar; it’s the young form that …

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Five things you can do help the planet

April 22 is Earth Day – a time to reflect on what you can do to help protect the planet, beginning in your own back yard.  Here are five things you can do: Grow your own fruit and vegetables. You’ll cut down on fuel used to transport food.  Compost kitchen and garden waste. You’ll make …

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Bug-Eating Bats Help Control Garden Pests and More!

Being bugged by pesky mosquitos or moths? Want some help reducing their numbers?  Encourage bats to hang around!  Often having the undeserved reputation of nighttime villain, these furry, winged mammals are beneficial to the environment. They consume huge numbers of night-flying insects, pollinate plants and disperse seeds. As long as they’re not roosting under your …

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