Biological Control of Pests: Overview, Examples & Pros/Cons

Biological Control of Pests Overview Examples Pros-Cons

When controlling pests in your garden you have a few options: Chemical treatment (pesticides), or biological control. Pesticides are effective but can have an adverse effect on beneficial insects as well as the pests you’re targeting. They can also contaminate soil and water.  Biological control is a method of controlling … Read More

Will Spiders Die in Cold Temperatures?

Will Spiders Die in Cold Temperatures?

Not all spiders die during the winter. While they are cold-blooded, they have adapted several ways to survive the cold seasons. Some overwinter in egg sacs, others take shelter, and others actually produce an antifreeze-like chemical inside their bodies that lowers their freezing temperature.  What Temperatures do Spiders Prefer? Spiders … Read More

20 Ways to Keep Squirrels off of Bird Feeders

How To Keep Squirrels Off of Bird Feeders

If you like to keep bird feeders, you may have run into some problems with squirrels. Squirrels are clever little acrobats that will perform all sorts of gymnastic feats to get to a bird feeder, stealing your birdseed and driving you nutty.  We’ve compiled a list of methods effective for … Read More

Are Venus Flytraps Easy to Grow and Keep Alive?

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Venus flytraps (Dionaea muscipula) are one of the easiest carnivorous plants to grow. They only need four basic things to survive: wet roots, high humidity, poor soil, and sunlight.  How to Keep Venus Flytraps Alive Indoors Venus flytraps grow in environments with lower nitrogen and phosphorus content in the soil, … Read More

How to Keep Lizards Outside: Identification, Tips and Tricks

How to Keep Lizards Outside

Lizards are important members of the ecosystem, feeding on mosquitoes and other insects. While most lizards will be content to remain in the garden, one or two may occasionally wander inside. You can use exclusion to keep them out, and trapping to take care of any who still make it … Read More

Do Fake Owls Actually Work to Keep Pests Away?

Do Fake Owls Actually Work to Keep Pests Away?

Displaying fake owls can help keep pests away from your property — with limitations. Animals, including pests, can observe and learn, so they may discern that your owl not the real thing as time passes. How do Fake Owls Help? Owls prey on many different small mammals and other birds … Read More

All About Ladybugs: 14 Common Ladybug Questions Answered

All About Ladybugs 14 Common Ladybug Questions Answered

Ladybugs, also called lady beetles and ladybird beetles in some places, are mostly beneficial insects that prey on a variety of garden pests. In many places around the world, ladybugs are considered bringers of luck. But what do you really know about them besides that they have round bodies and … Read More

How to Keep Birds off your Dock & Boat for Good

How To Keep Birds Off Your Dock Boat For Good

Birds will forage near boats looking for scraps left by fishers. But their droppings can cause damage to boats and docks. Scaring birds away from your boat and dock is the best solution to keep your equipment in good condition.   Why are Birds Attracted to Boats or Docks? Birds are … Read More

What Bugs Come Out at Night and Why?

What Bugs Come Out at Night and Why?

There are many insects that are nocturnal, including pests like bedbugs, mosquitoes, and centipedes and cockroaches. These bugs come out at night because that’s when they’re most active, hunting for food, finding water, and looking for mates. Some insects also prefer the cooler temperature the night brings. Nocturnal Pests to … Read More