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How can I kill or remove insects from cut flowers that I bring inside?

When I cut flowers (typically daylilies) from my garden and bring them inside, I often find I am treated to a barrage of flies over the next few days. I'm going to guess that there are maggot larvae ...
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What plants will keep ladybugs happy?

What plants/grasses can I plant to entice the ladybugs in my garden to stay? They are great for controlling aphids, but seem to move on pretty quickly.
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Are fire ants on okra plants a concern?

I've noticed fire ants crawling on my okra plants, particularly where new okra are starting to grow. However, the okra does not seem to be harmed. Is this something I should be concerned about?
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What kind of black and yellow insect has a zebra like pattern?

Can anyone help me identify a insect with the following features: black and yellow long feelers body is tapered toward the back zebra like pattern on the shell about 1.5 inches long found in ...
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How effective are row covers in preventing insects?

Has anyone ever used row covers (floating or built on a "structure", such as a PVC cage) to help prevent/discourage insects? How effective are they?
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What are these red cocoons in my trees leaves?

The tree In my garden as lots of red cocoons on its leaves, I assume these are insects, do I need to be concerned or are they harmless?