Opossums blog post

Opossums in Your Garden!

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Opossums (or possums) are nocturnal creatures that are generally good to have in your garden! They help to get rid of ticks, cockroaches, snakes (even venomous ones), slugs/snails, rats, mice, and insects. Opossums will generally stay away from your garden as they prefer plants that are starting to rot, so they can actually a benefit in your garden by cleaning up the rotting fruit or vegetables! Many people get intimidated when they hiss, but they’re […]

Soldier Bug blog post

Soldier Bugs to the Rescue!

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Soldier bugs as their name implies are great soldiers in your garden that work to destroy your bad bugs eating your plants! prey on grubs, caterpillars, and other soft-bodied insects such as corn borers, corn earworm, cabbage looper, cabbage worm, and flea beetles. How to Attract or Encourage: First off, make sure that you do not use any pesticides in your garden! This can harm your beneficials as well as your pests. Soldier bugs can […]

Hummingbirds blog post

Hummingbirds Are Beautiful Garden Friends!

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Hummingbirds are not only beautiful creatures to watch, but can be very helpful in the garden to rid of pesky insects. They can pollinate some flowers that can’t be reached by other birds since they have such a long beak. How to Attract or Encourage: First off, make sure that you do not use any pesticides in your garden! This can harm your beneficials as well as your pests. Attract hummingbirds by having plants with […]

Lacewings blog post

Green Lacewings Are Incredible Garden Friends!

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Lacewings are light green with long skinny antennae and almost transparent wings. Lacewings love to eat insects and can eat over 200 aphids in a week! They also can prey on other soft-bodied insects such as mites, thrips, whiteflies, and small caterpillars. How to Attract or Encourage: First off, make sure that you do not use any pesticides in your garden! This can harm your beneficials as well as your pests. Lacewings are attracted to […]

Lizards blog post

It’s No Fairy-TAIL: Lizards Rock In Your Garden!

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Lizards come in many different shapes and sizes. Having lizards in your garden is not only fun and entertaining for your kids, but a great benefit to gardening! These reptiles work hard in your garden to eat the bad bugs plaguing your plants! How to Attract or Encourage: First off, make sure that you do not use any pesticides in your garden! This can harm your beneficials as well as your pests. Attract lizards by […]

Honeybees blog post

Honeybees are Amazing in Your Garden!

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Honeybees live in colonies with one queen, worker bees (females) collecting food for honey, and male drones. Honeybees are important pollinators for flowers, fruits, and vegetables. Honeybees are disappearing and are so important to try to keep around! How to Attract or Encourage: First off, make sure that you do not use any pesticides in your garden! This can harm your beneficials as well as your pests. Try to plant some flowers to help attract […]

Minute Pirate Bugs blog post

Are Aphids Stealing Your Garden Treasures? Minute Pirate Bugs to the Rescue!

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Minute pirate bugs love to eat various pests such as aphids, spider mites, thrips, caterpillars, and their eggs.   How to Attract or Encourage: First off, make sure that you do not use any pesticides in your garden! This can harm your beneficials as well as your pests. Minute pirate bugs can be attracted to your garden with vetch, sweet clover, alfalfa, and daisies. Learn more about how to manage pests and attract beneficial insects […]

Frogs blog post(1)

Your Garden Friends: Frogs/Toads!

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Frogs are an amazing addition to your garden! Frogs are a terrific predator to your harmful insects in the garden.   How to Attract or Encourage: First off, make sure that you do not use any pesticides in your garden! This can harm your beneficials as well as your pests. Attract frogs by having a shallow water area. They need a lot of moisture and this is a great place for them to lay their […]

Praying Mantis blog post

Your Garden Friends: Praying Mantis

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There are almost 2,000 different species of praying mantis in the world! They are called praying mantis because of their oversized long front legs that looks like they are praying. Praying mantis eat lots of insect pests in the garden as well as even some spiders, frogs, lizards, and small birds!   How to Attract or Encourage: First off, make sure that you do not use any pesticides in your garden! This can harm your […]

Fireflies blog post

Your Garden Friends: Fireflies!

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Fireflies are not only fun to watch flash at nighttime, but are great to have in your garden as they are predators to many pests that may plague your garden. They like to feed on other insect larvae, snails, and slugs.   How to Attract or Encourage: First off, make sure that you do not use any pesticides in your garden! This can harm your beneficials as well as your pests. Fireflies typically like to […]