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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Mosquitos can be more than just a nuisance

As we transition from spring to summer and temperatures climb, it’s mosquito season.  Not only are these flying pests annoying, their bite can be anywhere from mildly irritating to seriously painful.  AND they can transmit disease, so it’s a good idea to start with preventing them from breeding.  Don’t let mosquitoes breed in your yard! …

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Creeping garden thugs do a lot of damage

Snails and slugs love to eat plants with tender foliage and fruit. Favorites include seedlings and plants with succulent foliage; they seriously damage basil, beans, cabbage, lettuce, and many other vegetable plants along with dahlia, delphinium, hosta and marigold.  Ripening fruits close to the ground like strawberries are easy targets. And they’ll climb trees to …

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Don’t let ants ruin your tasty fruit and vegetables

Ants on your artichoke plant? Your plum tree or leafy vegetables?  They’re a prime  indicator that sucking insects are feasting on your plants.  There’s a group of soft-bodied insects — aphids, mealybugs, soft scale and whiteflies being the most common, that feed by sucking juices from plants. The direct damage they inflict on the plant …

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Aphids

Seeing your first aphids of the season?  Did you know that these bugs are common in your yard because they love lush, new growth on plants, are attracted to flowering plums, roses, crape myrtles, apples, and many vegetables AND ants will protect them from their natural enemies.  Read more to learn how to manage these prolific …

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