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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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How to rid a colony of ants from my yard

You can't get rid of them, if you like it or not: they are part of your garden. If the ants come close to or even in your house, you can try to control them with some poison. But get rid of them ...
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Removed a wasp nest - will the wasps move on?

Paper wasps are not aggressive and will not sting anyone who doesn't threaten their nest, unless someone actually touches a wasp - then that person will get stung. I've shared a shed with a species ...
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Keeping rats from eating my plants

I'd be very surprised if its actually rats eating your plants - rats will eat almost anything, but plants would be the last thing on the list, unless its a fruiting vegetable plant such as corn. You ...
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Rat proofing compost bin but allowing worms in

30 cm is absolutely not deep enough to deter the rats. They easily dig that deep to get to food. Regular Chicken Wire is neither strong enough or is woven small enough to keep them out. Try to google "...
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How do I stop woodpeckers from killing my beloved apple tree?

Since woodpeckers don't eat wood, concentrate on killing the insects that the woodpeckers are actually eating (rather than "keeping the woodpeckers away" by some means other than removing their food ...
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Rat proofing compost bin but allowing worms in

I've had rats living in my allotment compost bins for years; we try to ignore each other. My bin is made of pallets so is hard to make rat-proof. A plastic bin should be more secure, except for the ...
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Should I remove the tiny, cute, white and red bugs from my Umbrella plant (Variegated Schefflera)?

Your Pokemons are waxy scale, or coccidae. Your description in the comments above is spot on: another name is "tortoise scale". The Florida wax scale (Ceroplastes floridensis) looks quite similar, ...
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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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Are these wasps? What is the best course of action to handle them?

Yes, that is a wasp nest in an early stage. If you can't just leave it be, act as soon as possible. (You may want to check the legal situation, though, some wasps are protected and their nests may be ...
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Best mosquito repellent plant for a sunny terrace?

On the assumption you mean plants suitable for pots outdoors, lemon scented plants such as Citronella and Lemon Balm are good. Plants offered for sale under the name citronella vary - the one to look ...
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What possible reasons could the previous owner have for burying chicken wire under the lawn?

My guess is for moles and other critters. If it is true your neighbor wanted no mounds, trees, or other deformities in her lawn, she may have been preventing critters from digging into the yard. So ...
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What possible reasons could the previous owner have for burying chicken wire under the lawn?

I had an idea that planting lots of crocus in the back yard lawn would look beautiful in spring. The local squirrels and chipmunks agreed that this was a wonderful idea and as soon as I planted a ...
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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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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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What are these little black bugs on my Chives, Welsh and Spring Onions?

I really can't tell much from the picture. However insects are quite purposeful. If they are on your plants they are not there for a vacation. The most likely candidate are aphids who come in many ...
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Do I have moles?

Moles live in tunnels rarely to see the sun, voles borrow their tunnels but live like mice above ground mostly. Moles are very few in number. Extremely territorial. One or two will aerate and gobble ...
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What is afflicting this sick Bay Laurel (Laurus Nobilis) -- and how do I fix it?

You have a scale infestation. I know I’ll get responses to this blog, that sympathetic gardeners will be recommending me a wide range of products and treatments to control scale insects: rubbing ...
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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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Are these wasps? What is the best course of action to handle them?

I deal with wasps all the time. They like to build nests inside my ornamental aluminum fence posts. I used to go through wasp killer and while the residue would prevent them from coming back to the ...
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Best mosquito repellent plant for a sunny terrace?

If you can manage to get a few marigolds, plant those. They thrive on a lot of sunshine, can be grown in pots, and are good at repelling mosquitoes and most other insect pests. The beautiful flowers ...
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Black beetle identification, crawling on potato plant

Those look like Blister Beetles: http://ipm.ncsu.edu/AG295/pics/fig171.gif They will chew up the leaves, and not just on your potatoes. They are toxic, so just be careful when treating them! More ...
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What are these little black bugs on my Chives, Welsh and Spring Onions?

They're onion aphids. They infest my green onions, and garlic. Although visible on the green garlic shoots, they get into the bulb. I've even found them inside garlic imported from overseas. Just ...
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What's eating my broccoli and kale, and what can I do to prevent it?

Skunks, perhaps but rabbits almost certainly. Have you seen any track? Deer are very obvious as well as any animal's track. This looks like rabbit to me, since I've been feeding rabbits and having ...
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Killing fruit flies without pesticides?

Open bowls don't work very well, what you really need is a bottle with a narrow neck, like a wine bottle. You put the bait (your apple cider vinegar or whatever) in the bottle, just a little at the ...
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How do I figure out what pest is eating my strawberries?

It looks like slugs to me. You say you don't see slime trails, but slugs may be very tiny with very tiny trails. Here the difference between bird or slug damage. You can try to capture the slugs, ...
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Ants and white fluff on my citrus tree leaves

Looks like a scale infestation - the ants are there to collect the honeydew they produce. You will need to treat the scale, but its not that easy to get rid of them, the cottony covering they produce ...
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Does cold kill whiteflies and their eggs?

"Whitefly" is actually many different species of insect which cannot be distinguished visually but do not interbreed with each other. It is quite likely that different species have different ...
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Is it a good idea and how to introduce frogs in my garden?

Everyone should have some frogs and toads ; unfortunately you will probably not notice a difference in bothersome insects . I have a 10' X 5' pond , then added an 8' diameter one and accidently have a ...
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When do cabbage moths lay their eggs?

Where I am the cabbage moth was active the whole summer until mid autumn. In fact people said it was such a good summer that we had several generations of cabbage moths this year. I tried row covers ...
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