While it's not everyone's first option, and should only be used as a last resort, using pesticides to rid the garden of pests is sometimes a necessary evil. In the articles that follow, you will find tips and information on how to use these products safely as well as using other, more organic, pesticide solutions. You're not alone in the battle of the bugs...we are here to help.
While it might be tempting to go ahead and use up those old containers of pesticides, experts say if garden products are more than two years old, they might do more harm than good, or just be ineffective. Learn about the shelf life for pesticides here.
What is azadirachtin insecticide? Are azadirachtin and neem oil the same? These are two common questions for gardeners seeking organic or less toxic solutions to pest control. We’ll explore the relationship between neem oil and azadirachtin insecticide in this article.
If you have ever heard the term ?systemic pesticide,? you may have wondered what it means. This is actually an important thing to know. It?s also important to know how to use a systemic insecticide should such use be warranted. This article will help with that.
Acaricides are pesticides that kill ticks and mites. They are one part of a strategy for controlling ticks around homes and should be combined with measures to reduce tick habitats. Learn more about acaricides in this article.
Sometimes, it?s not our gardens that need pest control, it is our homes. Exterminators must be brought in to fumigate infestations. As you prepare for the extermination date, you may wonder ?will fumigation kill plants in my landscape?? Find out here.
Australian scientists from the University of Queensland have discovered what could ultimately become a ?vaccine? of sorts to plants - BioClay. What is BioClay and how can it help save our plants? Click this article to learn more.
One type of diatomaceous earth is toxic and another is relatively safe to use. The type you should purchase depends on the intended use. Find out about the advantages and disadvantages of garden grade vs. food grade diatomaceous earth in this article.
Are you confused about pheromones? Do you know how they work and how they can help you control insects in the garden? Find out about these amazing, naturally-occurring chemicals in this article. Click here to learn more.
What are nematicides, and what do you need to know about using nematicides in gardens? In simple terms, nematicides are chemicals used to kill nematodes - tiny, parasitic worms that live in water or soil. Looking for more nematicide information? Click here.
Epsom salt is a naturally occurring mineral with virtually hundreds of uses around the home and garden. Learn more about using Epsom salt as pesticide, and how to use Epsom salt for pest control in gardens in this article.
We?ve all heard a little something about the bird and the bees, but have you heard mention of neonicotinoids and bees? Well, this important information could mean the life and death of our precious pollinators in the garden. Click here to learn more.
Finding safe and effective yard treatments for pests can be a challenge. Pyola is a brand name, all-natural formula that is effective on some problem pests. What is Pyola? Find out here in the article that follows.
Proper disposal of leftover pesticides is as important as correct disposal of prescription drugs. The aim is to prevent contamination and promote safety. Read this article to learn how to dispose of pesticides in a responsible manner in order to minimize harm.
It might seem that the best time to use a pesticide is right when you see pesky insects. However, a few rules do apply and timing is also an important issue. Learn when to apply pesticides and some safe tricks and tips in this article.
Pyrethrum insecticide is a natural chemical. For additional information and tips on using this in the garden, the following article can help. Click here to learn more about it now and get a heads up on the bugs.
Getting rid of grasshopper pests is often a tightrope walk between killing the grasshoppers and keeping the food safe for your family. Nosema locustae pest control will solve both of these problems. Learn more here.
Japanese beetle larvae feed on grass roots, leaving ugly, brown dead spots in the lawn. However, they are susceptible to several biological controls, including milky spore disease. Learn more about this here.
Do you have a problem with birds eating your tender fruit? A solution may be an application of Kaolin clay. What is Kaolin clay? Read here to learn more about using Kaolin clay on fruit trees and other plants.
Horticultural sprays are a great way to combat many issue in the garden without harming the environment or your pocketbook. Learning how to make insecticidal soap spray is easy, and this article will help.
You?ve likely heard recommendations for using Bt pest control, or Bacillus thuringiensis, in the home garden. But what exactly is this and how does using Bt in the garden work? Read here to learn more.
Finding safe, non-toxic pesticides for the garden that actually work can be a challenge. Neem oil insecticide is everything a gardener could want. What is neem oil? Learn more about it in this article.