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Is it a good idea and how to introduce frogs in my garden?

Perhaps the first question to ask is "Is this property suitable for frogs?" and following on from that "If it is, why are there not frogs here already?" I have many, many frogs on ...
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Are these bright orange bugs with beady black eyes ladybugs?

Looks like a red pumpkin beetle Aulacophora foveicollis
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Ants on trees - ok or bad?

The trees have probably got aphids. From the RHS website here: Ants may be found climbing plants with aphid colonies, they tend the aphids obtaining honeydew as a reward. The ants will remove aphid ...
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Ants on trees - ok or bad?

I agree with the other answers, you probably have an aphid infestation. But rather than spraying your trees to get rid of the aphids, you may try putting a ring of glue on your tree, to get rid of the ...
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What is this little insect larvae on my cucumbers?

That is a ladybug larvae - don't kill it. It is eating pests, and is a beneficial insect. Are the beetles they were found with ladybugs? that would make sense. But Mexican bean beetles and Cucumber ...
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Will growing Garlic in a garden keep insects away?

As far as I can tell, there is very little empirical data on garlic and mosquitoes. And all of the studies I have seen show mixed results for ingesting garlic or using garlic as a mosquito repellent. ...
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Identification of garden insect with a red-edged green body and white spots

I think this is a Green vegatable bug (Nezara viridula, a.k.a. southern green stink bug) in one of its juvenile forms (nymph I believe). Here are a couple of examples: There are a number of stages ...
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Identify small, white, "ant-like" bug found in chips near tree

I can't be certain with the picture quality but based on their location in the wood chips and their appearance I'm going to say you have termites. Certainly get rid of them and/or call a bug inspector ...
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How effective are praying mantis in keeping a garden clear of pests?

Mantids are not spectacular for pest control because they're very indiscriminate in choosing their prey. They readily attack other beneficial insects as well as harmful or pest insects. I always get ...
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Foamy liquid on plant's stems with green larvae or bug inside - pest or no problem

These are Froghopper larvaes. Also, known as Splittlebugs. Wikipedia also shows the adult which I, of course, have seen in my garden. Best thing about it: They are harmless in small quantities. No ...
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Who/what is eating my mint?

Seems like your culprit is smallish. Candidates would be caterpillars Check for their droppings - greenish or blackish "pearls" - or the animals themselves hiding either under the leaves or along the ...
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Rollie pollies - are they harmful to vegetables?

The wood at the bottom of the bed looks pretty dark in comparison to the rest of the side. It's most likely that the woodlice are feeding off a decaying box, rather than anything in the bed. They'll ...
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My basil is "rotting", here's all the clues I have gathered

Looks like a heavy whitefly aphid infestation - they're usually underneath the leaves and suck the sap within, causing the leaf to shrivel and die. You can't treat with pesticide because it's an ...
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Ants on trees - ok or bad?

The problem with not treating for aphids is it's likely to get worse, especially with ants warding off aphid predators. With large trees, it's obviously next to impossible to treat for aphids because ...
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what are these insects on my roses and how to kill them?

They are not baby spiders, but you are not too far off target. They are Spider Mites. Spider mites drink the sap of plants and in great enough numbers they can cause severe damage. The webbing is also ...
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Can rubber gloves spread plant diseases?

It's certainly possible to spread some fungal infections on gardening gloves and tools you may have used. Given you're wearing rubber gloves, after handling diseased plant material, its sensible to go ...
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Killing fruit flies without pesticides?

It's the surface tension in your current setup that keeps the fruit flies safe. Even if they decide to party on the vinegar, they can simply fly away again and take a nice break elsewhere. But your ...
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Killing fruit flies without pesticides?

We make a simple paper funnel by just rolling a sheet of paper into a cone and stapling or taping it. Then we make sure there's a small opening at the bottom. We put this into a tall glass that has a ...
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Insect Friend or Foe on Rose, Santa Cruz, California

I'm not an entomologist but by googling, it looks to be a Rose Weevil or Fuller Rose Beetle aka Naupactus (Asynonychus) godmani. It doesn't look like it's a goodie to have on your roses The ...
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Is it a good idea and how to introduce frogs in my garden?

Be careful to only pick native species. If you want to introduce toads into your garden for pest control, I have one word of warning for you: make sure to only use a species of toad native to the area ...
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Request for identification of insects on Brussels sprouts

Those „eggs” are not eggs, but cabbage aphids at different stages of maturity. They feed exclusively on brassicaceae, so other non-brassica plants nearby remain safe. In dry summers they can cause ...
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What is this white grub I found in my soil in southern England?

This is the pupa of a female Lucanus cervus. It's protected in the UK by some law.
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How to effectively remove wood chips from the garden?

I'm not sure what the best way to remove them is but depending on the type of wood chips they could be good to mix with other green material to turn into compost for the flower beds. Using coffee ...
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Found this beetle in a pile of wood chips, harmful to my plants?

Actually, that's a Bess beetle or Patent Leather Beetle (Odontotaenius disjunctus). They eat rotting logs and are beneficial. Put it in the woods.
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What are these white things on the conifers in my garden?

I think that might be a branch from a Juniperus species, a female, and those are the berries or 'seed pods', example here: Juniper berries (Wikimedia). Some Junipers have white berries, many have ...
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Is if safe to use this insecticide (d-Allethrin, Permethrin, Piperonyl butoxide) on my edible herbs?

It's extremely helpful that you included the actual ingredient list in your question, rather than a brandname - thank you! So you know, I grow anything that I eat organically and this question is one ...
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Is it a good idea and how to introduce frogs in my garden?

We caught a bunch of toads on the roads when I was a kid for a frog jumping contest, and put them in our yard when it was over. We've had toads in the neighborhood ever since. They poop around the ...
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What are these insects laying eggs on the underside of this butterfly flower leaf?

They are aphids which are easily controlled with soap and water. Three applications of soap and water at five to seven day intervals should do the job. They are quite variable in colour. I have seen ...
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What are the white bugs on my Aeonium and how do I get rid of them?

Mealybug infestation - looks like mostly larval. I've found that a mixture of 1 teaspoon of dish detergent per cup of water has been an effective control. used as a spray over the entire plant. Once ...
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