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How effective are praying mantis in keeping a garden clear of pests?

I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with using praying mantises for pest control, and what kinds of pests could be managed with them?
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Should I be concerned about twisted galls on my lombardy poplar trees?

We have lots of large twisted galls on our lombardy poplar trees' leaf stems. I've heard that twisted galls on poplar trees are not a threat to the tree. So, I'm not worried about them killing the ...
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What is this little insect larvae on my cucumbers?

Need help identifying these little monsters creatures on my cucumber plants. It doesn't look like a beetle but working along side beetles.
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What are these insects that are swarming all over my Tribulus Terrestris weeds?

I am fighting a terrible infestation of Tribulus Terrestris (goathead) weeds. On my daily weed patrol, I discovered that several plants were absolutely crawling with tiny black insects. They appeared ...
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How can I remove locust eggs from the soil, and prevent future infestations?

A few days ago I saw a locust standing still in my little vegetable garden. I was really surprised of the fact that even though I went close it wouldn't jump away. After looking closer I figured that ...
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What are these insects laying eggs on the underside of this butterfly flower leaf?

+1 for manual pest control. I just snipped these infected leaves off a butterfly flower plant growing in a bucket in the yard. What are these? (besides now ashes)
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What insects killed this red cabbage?

Watering the lettuces, I spotted a Red Cabbage head leaning sideways on the ground. On close inspection, here's what I saw: Three little worm-like bugs having a feast of the bottom of the stalk of ...
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Are ants/flies a threat to a raspberry bush?

Ants in my garden seem to especially love this raspberry bush at the moment. I also notice these two little things that look like tiny flies sitting on the leaves- except they are not moving, like ...
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What is this saw tooth leaved plant, and will it flower and attract bees?

I've got these in my garden in the city of Innsbruck, Austria and I'm wondering what they are and if their flowers attract bees or other insects. They just popped up by themselves and feel really good ...
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What is this shrub with fan shaped toothed leaves and small white blooms, and what are these small bugs?

Can anyone help ID this shrub growing in Zone 6. It's about 5' tall and 3' spread after pruning in the fall. It grows fairly fast. Leaves sort of look like a fan leafed hawthorne to me but not ...
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Why is my Swiss chard suddenly wilting?

I live in Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A. This Swiss Chard has been doing well so far this season, and all the largest leaves you see here were green and strong as recently as a few days ago. We had the ...
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Can you identify this grub?

Past couple of years I've been getting skunks digging in the yard. Not a lot but I've had to deal with sprayed pets which is no fun. I applied Milky Spore past 2 falls but I was doing a little ...
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What to do about grubs in vegetable garden and potted tree?

This Spring there seem to be grubs all over my garden, in just about any handful of dirt you flip over. There are lots of articles about how to handle grubs in your lawn, but I don't have a lawn, just ...
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One-off (organic?) aphids control

We need to ask a gardener to apply an insecticide to a CHERRY tree. Neighbours have complained about the tree being infested by insects. For reasons I cannot go into, there is no regular access to ...
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Identify this Insect or Fungus. Possible Scale

I do not know the name of the plant and I have battled brown scales on my ficus before at my office. What is attacking this plant? Could it be some type of white scale? It is not mealybugs.
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Why is my bonsai losing brown/yellow leaves and developing white dots

I was recently given this beautiful bonsai and I water until the soil is moist nearly every day. But recently it has started dropping leaves and these little white dots are appearing. Why is this ...
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caterpillar identification and eradication

Can you help me identify this type of caterpillar and what is the solution to eradicate them? i keep removing them from the tree but after a few days I find them again...
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How do I keep my compost bin from breeding bugs?

I want to have a compost bin but my wife is (quite validly) concerned that it will be a bug factory. We already have a lot of gnats that drive her crazy. Any suggestions?
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What are these white bugs on my tomatoes?

I noticed these things on my tomato plants. What are they and how can I safely get rid of them?
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what are effective, non-chemical, ways to control japanese beetles?

I'm beginning to see adult Japanese beetles on my dahlias and other flowers. It doesn't look like a heavy infestation but I am wondering what are some non-chemical control methods. I've read that ...
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Compost pile and bugs (2 questions)

First insect question: When I turned our compost pile yesterday, there was a lot of very rich smelling black soil, semi composted vegetables/plant/oak leaf matter, and a LOT of pill bugs. My wife ...
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Would more concentrated solutions of soybean oil be better for insect control?

If soybean oil is used in such low concentrations as .5%, why wouldn't using higher concentrations be better? Is there something preventing a higher concentration being useful or effective?
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What are these white arthropods infesting my succulents?

My attempts to grow succulents continue to struggle - two from my wedding, which had been doing fairly well, appear to have developed, fairly swiftly, an infestation with some sort of mite: Any ...
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How do you organically handle lubber grasshoppers that destroy gardens?

Last summer I had a problem with black grasshoppers with yellow stripes on them, which I identified as Lubbers. Now I grow everything organically and all my plants are heirloom varieties, so last year ...
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Pine Borer Beetle Infestation

I cut down a tree that was infested with pine borer beetles. I don't want the beetles to infect other trees. Unfortunately, I can't burn the infested wood. And I don't have anywhere to haul the ...
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How to remove small insects from broccoli?

I'm growing up vegetables (without any chemical products) and among them broccoli. They are good, but they've a big problem: they're full of very small insects, and when I cook them, I find them in my ...
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What are these yellow bugs and should I be worried?

I took a close look at one of my plants, and saw all these tiny yellow bugs. They don't seem to be hurting the plant, but I thought I'd ask to make sure. If it helps, this is in the San Francisco ...
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fava bean beetle?

I've noticed this beetle on in our Fava beans. They crawl out and fly away, leaving perfectly circular little holes. Any idea what they are and what they do? Besides the little hole, the beans seem ...
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Bag worm infestation on small pine trees

I noticed that some of my small pine trees (4 ft.) started turning brown and upon closer inspection I noticed 100's of bag worms all over the trees. I spent quite a bit of time pulling off the bags. ...
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Are all my praying mantis dead?

I purchased a praying mantis egg case and put it in my greenhouse to help get rid of an aphid infestation. Nothing seemed to happen for the longest time, but now it looks like there are hundreds of ...
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What is this insect with rough brown shell on potatoes?

This insect with a rough brownish shell showed up on potatoes at a friend's house in Vermont. I've looked around in books and online and can't find anything that's an exact match. Current control ...
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What's the best way to control squash bugs

Help! I need to get rid of squash bugs. I know Sevin will kill them, but I would like to use a less toxic method. I have been destroying them manually, but I am losing the battle.
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What is this flying insect?

I found another strange insect flying around in my garden today that I'm hoping to get identification on. This website: ...
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Impact of mealworms in a garden

Many homesteading / simple living / sustainability blogs suggest farming mealworms as a protein source for chickens. Mealworms aren't part of my garden ecosystem and I am interested in knowing what ...
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What is this Michigan garden insect with a striped body and reddish head?

Here's a photo of a bug in Michigan that's eating my tomato, chard, and other plant leaves. Can you identify it? For extra credit, can you tell me how to get rid of it organically?
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What can I plant to attract butterflies and other pollinators in Minnesota?

A lot of plants can pollinate themselves. Fruits: Tomatoes, Strawberries Vegetables: Peppers, Eggplant, Snap Beans, Lima Beans, Lettuce, Endive, Peas, Cabbage, Broccoli, Beets, Kohlrabi ...
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How can I handle a cricket problem without using pesticides?

I have a problem with crickets eating my seedlings and young plants. I have found very little information on keeping crickets away, as this doesn't seem to be a problem for most people. Without ...
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What is the best way to grow vegetables without using chemical insecticide?

I am looking for tips and recommendations because I do not want to use any pesticides. I am in Jamaica where insects are a big problem. I am using a combination of dish soap and hot pepper. Any ...
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Can anybody identify these small, red insects?

What kind of bugs are these? Are they good or bad for plants? Do they bite?
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How can I get rid of a large hornet nest in my hollow tree?

I have an old hollow black cherry tree and sandhills hornets moved in this year. The hole is about one foot from the ground. How can I get rid of the nest without a professional?
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What are these hard white/brown spots growing on my houseplant?

A little more then an year ago I got six palm trees (two vases). It was the Californian equivalent of an Areca palm (the guy in the nursery suggested this one after I asked for an Areca for its air ...
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Is it safe to handle soil with our bare hands?

Is it 100% safe to handle the soil by bare hands? Would any toxic insect hide inside the soils?
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My indoor plant has an orange mold-like substance growing on it and has tiny white bugs. How can I remove it?

I have my very first plant in my cube and it seems to be doing just fine. However, there is an orange mold-like substance growing on the top of the soil, and I can see a few tiny white bugs crawling ...
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How to get rid of insects on basil while leaving the leaves safe to eat?

With reference to this question: Insect infestation on my pepper plant, what do I do? I have these insects in my indoor "kitchen window sill" basil and they do seem to be chewing it fast enough to ...
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What is the cause of the dead spots in my lilac bush?

Last year, we built a home and got a Lilac as part of our landscaping package. The landscaping was planted in August, so it's almost made it a full year now. In June, we started to see dead spots ...
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Soybean oil as insect repellent?

Some of the "natural" insect repellents I use (the kind you put on your skin) have soybean oil listed as one of the active ingredients. I've also seen ~6% soybean oil listed as an active ingredient ...
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How can I stop cane borers in my rose bush?

I've been having problems where whenever I prune one of my rose bushes, often one of the branches is burrowed into by a nasty cane borer, meaning I have to cut back the rose even further. I'm trying ...
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Are their any bad effects in using nematodes in pest control?

I have a pest situation on my apricot tree caused by the beetle Capnodis tenebrionis (see this question). I am averse to using chemical pesticides, and I read that nematodes can be used to control C. ...
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Ant colony in my compost bin: are they beneficial?

I've got a smallish black plastic compost bin in my garden and I recently noticed that an ant colony has taken up residence. This has happened a couple of times in the past, but they tend to move on ...
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What are these little green bugs on the roots of indoor plants?

I got a plant pot in my room, growing some coriander. I noticed some dusty stuff at the foot of the stalks, and upon closer inspection they are tightly clustered tiny little bugs! They are all over ...