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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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How to make a fake scare owl, and do different animals respond to different abstractions?

I would like to keep squirrels off of my peach tree. They have gotten over half of the peaches already. Is there a way to make a home-made scare owl? I have found a few resources on-line, but they ...
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How do I repel tree squirrels that are digging holes in my lawn?

My neighborhood is saturated with squirrels, and I see the little critters burying nuts or whatever in my back yard all the time. They leave small holes about 2 inches in diameter in the yard. There ...
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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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How can I deal with the beetles eating my grapevine?

My mother is in a furor because the grapevine that she planted last spring and which flourished last year is now infested with little black bugs. From what I can tell, they seem to be flea beetles. ...
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What is eating my cabbage, and how can I protect it?

I transplanted some cabbage about a month ago (after starting it from seed in a flat). Now I see that something is eating the cabbage leaves: I also see that one pair of seedlings is doing very ...
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What is this leaf miner / tenter in my small bush/tree?

I have a small bush/tree. I don't know exactly what it is. What I see is the new growths folded over onto each other, and connected together. When I pull them apart, I can find tiny white worms with ...
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What is the best way to keep deer away?

I've been contemplating putting up a fence, but I'm not exactly sure how high it should be. Can anyone point me to some instructions on what specs a good deer fence should have as well as how to ...
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How can I keep earwigs from eating my basil?

Last night I found that earwigs have been eating my newly planted basil plants. They have only been in the ground for a few days, and it didn't take long for the earwigs to find them. The planted ...
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What is this bluish-grey bug on my lettuce, and how do I treat it?

I have a planter with several lettuce plants and other plants growing on my balcony. Recently, all of "normal" leafy lettuces were rapidly overcome by a bug. A sawtooth, more mizuna-like lettuce was ...
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What should I do before applying organic fertilizer to ensure no bugs or smell?

Does all organic fertilizer require decomposing? I would like to focus on fertilizer available in gardening shops instead of unprocessed urine or manure from mammals. As far as I know, decomposing of ...
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How do I get rid of pill bugs in my vegetable garden (or is it even the problem)?

I have had multiple plants in my vegetable garden that have seemed to just vanish from the garden over the period of about a week. I have notice pill bugs eating the remains of the plants. They seem ...
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How do I get rid of ducks from my backyard?

There are a couple of ducks in my yard (male and female). I think they have come to my backyard to make a nest. I fear that if this happens half my backyard will become off-limits due to an angry ...
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How are fire ants removed without endangering vegetation nearby?

My parents seem to have a large problem with fire ants in their backyard. They're more of an inconvenience than anything. What seems to be the most effective method (chemical, or a technique based, ...
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How can I tell what animal is eating my plants?

Many of my perennial garden plants have been getting eaten by some animal. Possible culprits include deer, rabbits, and groundhogs. I would like to control them, but I have to know what I am ...
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Why are there small flies on my Fatalii pepper plant?

I have a fatalii pepper plant and today I discovered some very small larva in my plant's soil. I already saw that there were more flies than usual. Is there any danger for my plant ? Should I kill ...
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Indoor Garden Built - Now Little Flies!

We built this indoor "garden" in our office as a prank for one of our employees who was out for a stint. It was only meant to be temporary, however we have all grown a liking to it. We ended up ...
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How do I control fire ants in the mulch around my tree?

I live in Houston, TX, USA and fire ants are a nearly year long concern. I have had success treating mounds with Orthene as they appear. However, I had a Siberian Elm in my backyard that was ...
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What insect/disease causes lemons to look like a Cthulhu and how can this be prevented?

Earlier today, pictures of weirdly shaped lemons were shared on reddit. The top comment there says it is a case of citrus bud mites, which actually seems to make sense. My questions are: Is this ...
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How do I prevent raccoons from eating my corn?

This harvest I was not able to pick a single corn cob. Some large animal(s), I suspect raccoons, got to them before they were ripe (I would find peeled and gnawed corn littering the lawn and the corn ...
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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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Are woodlice eating my carrots?

I lifted some carrots this evening. It being December these are carrots which have been in the ground some time. They're big and fat, they need cleaning up and the damage needs cutting out, but ...
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How do I get rid of milllipedes in the garden? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I deal with millipedes eating my vegetable seedlings? How do I get rid of millipedes they have taken over and are under anything left lying on the ground? I am ...
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What are these woodlouse-like bugs and how do I kill them?

I have these black woodlouse like bugs that infested my whole back yard. They are eating through many of the leaves in our garden and wreaking havoc. (Click to enlarge) What kind of pesticide / ...
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Why do ants appear around my panda plant?

I've had a panda plant indoors in my office, by a west-facing window for about 6 months or so. Yesterday I found that there are red/brown ants around my plant and it is obvious that their target is ...
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What's digging holes in my indoor potted plants?

I have a indoor basil potted plant in an office environment and over the weekend holes appeared on the surface of the soil, as if something dug them. The pots are next to a window, but it's closed at ...
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When should I start worrying about holes and leaf damage in my brassicas?

Brassicas are notoriously hard to protect and we have all seen cabbage and broccoli leaves stripped down to a sort of skeleton as a result of pests. But netting goes a long way to solving the problem. ...
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Can fake hawks be used to control mice, squirrels, and other rodents in a garden or backyard? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I get rid of gophers in a non-lethal way? Keeping mockingbirds off potted plants (ornamental peppers) How can I prevent squirrels (or other small mammals) from ...
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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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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 the mini-white moths on my tomato plant?

I have some tomato plants indoors. Recently a number of very small (1 mm or so) moths dwell on the leaves. What are these? Are they harmful? What can I do about them?
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How do I get rid of moles and mice humanely? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: How can I get rid of gophers in a non-lethal way? How can I get rid of rabbits in my yard Is there any way to prevent vole lawn destruction during snow cover? I have ...
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Best practice to prevent aphids and spider mites?

What is the best practice to prevent aphids and spider mites? I group them in one question because they make similar damage to plants. I want to know the level of humidity for aphids and spider mites ...
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How do I deal with millipedes eating my vegetable seedlings?

After cursing all the slugs in my yard and removing the few that I could catch, I was quite shocked yesterday to discover 100+ young plants all chewed to the ground. I was going out at 9 - 10pm to ...
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Do techniques to repel slugs also work on snails?

I have seen the thread on an organic way to repel slugs. However, usually I only see snails in my area. Will the techniques in the answer there work on snails too? Also, By the way, I've never seen ...
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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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How can I discourage wasps?

We built our house last fall, and I've already found one wasp next in a corner of the eaves. I know that one of our neighbors has a huge problem with wasps, and has a large amount of exterior exposed ...
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What animal is eating my cherry tomatoes and strawberries?

My garden (first ever!) has been doing great. Yesterday I harvested my potatoes, which left half the garden open and bare. Some critter seemed to view this now-open landscape as an invitation to come ...
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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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Pest control using nematodes

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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How does vacuuming beetles work?

I've seen advice in books and online that I can deal with my striped cucumber beetle infestation by vacuuming. Unfortunately they don't get into details. I'm ready to drag the shop vac into the ...
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Little green bugs on root 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 ...
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Insect infestation on my pepper plant, what do I do?

I have spotted that one - and only one - of my peppers plants has a number of small black flies of some type hanging around the soil. And while writing this I've just spotted that one (and only one!) ...
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How do I identify and eradicate the pest that is destroying the plants in my flowerbox?

We transplanted an assortment of pretty flowers for our windowsill some weeks ago (albeit rather crudely) and they were growing bright and healthy. Over the last week, however they've been plagued! I ...
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Where do Asiatic Garden Beetles spend their days?

(Asiatic Garden Beetles are a new pest in the mid-atlantic and northeast US. They look like a smaller, cinnamon-colored European Chafer, the size and shape of a coffee bean. The grubs do the usual ...
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How can I prevent squirrels (or other small mammals) from eating my tomatoes?

Something has been eating my tomatoes just as they begin to ripen. Each day I've been finding one or more tomatoes half-eaten but still attached to the vine. On a couple of days I've also found bits ...
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How can we protect a fig tree's fruit from birds?

We have a fairly large and productive fig tree, but we never get to enjoy the fruit because the birds always get to it first. What can we do to take advantage of this tree before my wife makes me cut ...
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Keeping mockingbirds off potted plants (ornamental peppers)

I have a rectangular pot on the deck full of ornamental peppers ('Poinsettia' and Chile Pequin "bird peppers"). As is typical of ornamental peppers, they're about a foot high and covered with small ...
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What is the best organic way to defeat slugs?

Most of the seedlings I have planted out this year have been eaten by slugs within a day. I have my final two runner bean plants that need to go out. How can I prevent these from being the next ...