Bugs and Birds

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How to Use Sunflower Seeds to Attract Birds to your Backyard

Sunflower seed is by far the most preferred seed type to feed backyard birds across the United States. There are many birds that love sunflower seeds and the most common birds could be flying around your backyard right now looking for a snack! Some Common Backyard Birds Attracted By Sunflower Seed: American Goldfinch Black-Capped Chickadee Black-Crested Titmouse Blue Jay Carolina Chickadee Downy W... »

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Kissing Bugs and Chagas Disease – 25 Facts That Will Save Your Sanity!

What are kissing bugs and how much should you worry about them? Kissing bugs are one of the latest creatures to cause a scare in the United States. They are bloodsucking insects with the scientific name triatomines. Kissing bugs are called many different names in the U.S.: chinches, cone-nose bugs, walapai tiger and Mexican bed bugs. In Latin American countries they are a feared pest known as besu... »

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Five Ways to Keep Pests Away in the Vegetable Garden

Organic Pest Control Tips for Chemical-Free Gardening If every growing season you struggle with garden pests that damage and even ruin your harvest, there are several critical steps you should take to change your garden ecosystem now: Get rid of all chemical products. YES, all synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides and soil amendments! Synthetic fertilizers create a burst of growth that wea... »

Wheel of Whitefly Answer

Here’s the solution to the Wheel of Whitefly puzzle. If you have other techniques for controlling whiteflies, please add them in the comments. Thanks for Playing! First get control of the ants if you have any on your vegetables. Also remove dust that can protect whiteflies. Buy or make your own yellow sticky traps. It’s easy to paint small wood boards bright yellow. Secure these around... »

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Damsel Bug – Good Bug? Bad Bug?

Interview with a Damsel Bug HOST: Thanks Damsel for joining us today on PEST WATCH!!! AUDIENCE: ~ Applause ~ It’s been a while since we’ve had you on the show. Where have you been overwintering? DAMSEL: I took a break among some weeds and hung out for a while, then laid some eggs in the alfalfa fields across the highway. HOST: I’m sure you’re getting busy now with all the caterpillars hatching and... »

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Interview with a Pea Moth Maggot

Cindy: Thanks Maggot for joining me this morning. Let’s get right to the interview – you look exhausted! Maggot: It’s my pleasure Cindy. Yes, I’ve enjoyed nibbling on your peas and today I cut my way back out of the pod and I’m pooped. Cindy: When did you first arrive on my pea plant? Maggot: My stealthy Mom, in her gray camouflage, flew over your garden in June, attracted by the flowers on ... »

10 Tips to Control Aphids Plus a Flowchart Action Plan

10 Tips to Control Aphids Plus a Flowchart Action Plan

Help!  I Have Aphids On My Plants Right Now! What do I do? Before I gained a better understanding of how aphids work, the first sight of them turned me into a revengeful maniac. I wanted to annihilate every last bugger! Now I’m a bit more relaxed and realize that unless my garden shows extreme signs of distress, aphids can be managed without chemicals or even natural sprays! How to tell if t... »

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Fun Facts About Ladybugs

“Hi, I’m actually a lady beetle, not a bug. I chew my food instead of sucking it up. When something threatens me, I ooze smelly stuff from my legs to scare it away – like a tiny, gooey, super hero! I eat all kinds of pests like aphids, mites, white flies, and scale insects – and even some fungus and mildew. Hold your applause because I’m not perfect. When snacks are n... »

How to Get Rid of the Tomato Hornworm

Tomato Hornworm Video

Little Miss Squash Blossom is faced with a rude garden pest in this fairytale featuring live shots of the tomato hornworm. We will be adding links to multiple videos about the tomato hornworm including how it sheds its skin, pupates and interacts with nature. You’ll also learn how to control the pest naturally and organically without chemicals. »

Tomato Hornworm – Fun Poem about a Pest

Tomato Hornworm – Fun Poem about a Pest

Tomato Hornworm – A Pesky Poem ©2013 Home Grown Fun Tomato hornworms are sneaky they take the garden cake for the most annoying four-inch pest devouring heirlooms of any shape. They work at night in stealth mode speeding around your plants. You could be a tomato bragger at dusk then a victim of the Hornworm Dance. Look for black poop pellets, inspect the undersides of leaves. They’ll be clut... »

Aliens or Tomato Hornworm Leftovers?

Aliens or Tomato Hornworm Leftovers?

What a surprise when I blew up a photo of a hornworm looking for detail on the caterpillar and noticed a mangled blotch of ‘alienness’ nearby resembling hornworm parts. We immediately called the FBI. No sorry, we made a quick call to our ultra-knowledgeable friend Kay and she explained that tomato hornworms go through 4-5 “Instar” stages or shifts where they grow bigger and... »

If Birds Had Farmers Markets CARTOON

If Birds Had Farmers Markets CARTOON

Bunch ‘pillars’ $2, tomato hornworms by the pound… What would a Farmers’ Market look like for birds? …. For more Tomato Hornworm Humor, checkout our fun and educational poem, ‘The Tricky Tomato Hornworm’. Also see our funny take on how to recycle human hair! »