Insects

Insects

How to Grow: Controlling Emerald Ash Borers

Learn about the emerald ash borer insect and why it's a concern on trees. Listen to podcast: Hey, has there been a run on purple box kites? Am I missing the latest hobby trend? Nope, those purple boxes hanging in trees throughout Vermont have a more important role to play. They're insect traps. The emerald ash borer is a bright metallic green, 1/2-inch long Asian insect that invaded our shores in 2002, probably as a hitch hiker on some wooden packing boxes. It has been causing a path of destruction to ash trees killing millions of these...

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How to Grow: Controlling Big Bad Beetles

Learn about beetles in the garden and how to control them. Listen to podcast: The beetles have arrived. This is a different fab 4 than who I grew up with. Flea, cucumber, potato, and asparagus are all beetles that love your veggies. Here are some organic controls. If you have the time, handpicking all these adult beetles in the morning while they're sluggish helps reduce the population. If you can't do it, pay the neighborhood kids. It's a great summer job! The larval forms of beetles are the easiest to control. The red asparagus beetle...

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How to Grow: Controlling Mosquitoes

Learn about mosquitoes in the garden and yard and how to control them. Listen to podcast: The only critters that loved the flooding this spring were some fish species and mosquitoes. In fact, it's gearing up to be a doozy of a mosquito season. While the mosquito season has been delayed because of high lake and stream levels, once the waters recede, the warm, stagnant pools left behind will be a perfect mosquito breeding ground. It won't take long for the mosquitoes to start ruining your summer picnics. They can go from egg to adult in...

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How to Grow: Controlling Japanese Beetles

Watch this video to learn about the life cycle of Japanese beetles and how to control them organically using sprays, hand picking and traps. Control Japanese beetles, including how to trap and spray for them. Listen to podcast: They're here! Today I saw my first Japanese beetle lingering on a rose flower. In Japan these beetles aren't much of a pest as natural predators and few lawns limit they're reproduction. However, east of the Mississippi River, Japanese beetles feed on hundreds of fruits, vegetables, and flowers. So let's get right...

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How to Grow: Controlling Red Lily Leaf Beetles

Learn about controlling the red lily leaf beetle, including the safest sprays to use. Listen to podcast: For years lilies have been the carefree darlings of many perennial gardens. But then came the red lily leaf beetle. This European native found its way to Massachusetts in 1992 and has been spreading around New England ever since. If you grow Asiatic, Oriental, or Turk's cap lilies or fritillaria bulbs, you know these beetles. Daylilies, luckily, aren't affected. The overwintering bright red adults emerge to feed in spring as soon as...

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How to Grow: Organic Vegetable Garden Insect Pest Control

Learn how to control insect pests and care for your vegetable garden by planting the right crops, and using barriers, traps, and organic sprays. For more garden videos, check out the National Gardening Association Transcript Hi I'm Charlie Nardozzi of the National Gardening Association. Today I'd like to talk to you about organic vegetable garden pest control. If you designed your garden well, built up the soil, and mixed in flowers and herbs with your vegetables chances are you're not going to have a lot of insect pests. Natural controls,...

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How to Grow: Controlling Squash Bugs

Learn how to control squash bugs in the vegetable garden. Listen to Podcast: Podcast Transcript After having eaten enough straight necks, crooknecks, and patty pans and have played enough games of zucchini bowling and juggling to last a lifetime, I sometimes welcome insect attacks on squash. Yes, summer squash and zucchinis are prolific, but they do attract certain pests that can downright kill the plant. Let's talk about the big two: squash bugs and squash vine borers. Squash bugs are probably the most hated squash pest. These grey bugs...

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How to Grow: Control Slugs and Snails

Learn how to control these slimy gastropods in your garden. Learn how to control slugs and care for your vegetable and flower garden. Controls include non toxic, organic baits, traps, and some unusual techniques. Listen to the podcast and watch my video. Listen to podcast: Start any conversation about gardening during a spell of wet weather and sooner or later the talk will turn to slugs and snails.  Vermont slugs and snails are not as large as the foot long banana slugs my friends in Seattle deal with, but they can be just as numerous....

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How to Grow: Houseplant Pests

Learn about controlling pests on your houseplants indoors. Listen to podcast: One cold morning at breakfast, I was swatting small, black flies from my potted amaryllis and thinking, insects are opportunists. Even in winter, these bugs find a way to survive. House plants are the perfect host for certain insects. The pests live in a controlled environment with food, but without predators or harsh weather. So let's look at the top three houseplant insects you'll find, if you look hard enough. Mealybugs and scale are two insects found on woody...

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How to Grow: Tomato Hornworms

Learn about controlling tomato hornworms organically in your garden. Listen to Podcast:   There's been a lot of talk in the news lately about insects as food. In many parts of the world insects are a common delicacy. Its estimated that 2 billion people around the globe regularly eat insects. And why not? They're a great source of protein and there certainly are lots of them. While I did dabble in eating ants in Thailand in the Peace Corps many years ago, there's one insect in my garden I'd love a recipe for. It's the tomato hornworm....