2014 Creepy Crawlers Halloween Bug Photo Contest!

Hey DoMyOwnPestControl.com fans! It’s that time of year again… Time to capture the CREEPIEST bug photo you can get and submit it to our 2014 Creepy Crawlers Halloween Bug Photo Contest! The winner (the photo with the most votes) will receive a $300 Visa cash card!!! Who doesn’t need one of those for the upcoming holidays…

To submit your CREEPY bug photo, just click on the image below and submit your photo on our Facebook page. Don’t forget to vote for your own photo, and get as many of your friends to vote for your photo as possible.

Psst… One piece of advice for you – you can vote for your own bug photo once per day so make sure to come back every day and give yourself more votes! GOOD LUCK!!!

2014 Creepy Crawlers Halloween Bug Photo Contest

Also check out our contests and giveaways page for more information.

Don’t Let Fruit Flies Drive You Crazy: Easy Tips For Fruit Fly Control

As I type this now, there are a few buzzing around me. They’re driving me crazy!

When I was in college, it was inevitable that one of my roommates or I would leave some bananas out too long or forget about some potatoes way back in the cabinet. Before the rotting smell would catch our attention, a mass of annoying little flies would start buzzing around and landing on every surface.

Even now that I know better, I think it is almost impossible to go through a summer season without getting at least a few of these little buggers in your house. I’m in the midst of getting fresh produce each week from a local farm, and inevitably I have to leave some of the produce on the counter, along with my usual onions and garlic and the occasional lemon or peach or other item that does better without refrigeration.

But, after leaving out a few bananas and peaches out a day or two past their prime, it seemed that the fruit flies just appeared out of thin air.

And that is what most people say: fruit flies appear out of no where and stick around way past their welcome. Luckily, fruit fly control is not difficult.

Controlling Fruit Flies

Now that I am a “bug person” among friends and family, I often get questions on how to get rid of bugs. One of my friends asked, desperately, how to get rid of all the fruit flies in his apartment. I asked him if they where by his drain or if he had left any fruit out and he sheepishly, quietly mentioned the piles and piles of dirty dishes in his kitchen.

This, my friends, is the number one most important thing regarding fruit flies. Clean up your mess!

Fruit flies are attracted to the carbon dioxide from fermenting or decaying fruits, vegetables, beer, wine, or juice. Fruit flies (and cockroaches, mice, rats, and flies too, for that matter) love lazy people who leave glasses, cans, bottles, and dirty plates out for them to feast, breed, and lay eggs on.

Honestly, getting rid of fruit flies is super, super simple.

  • Don’t leave food out
  • Clean up all spills
  • Rinse out any recyclables
  • Make sure garbage cans are cleaned out and cover garbage cans if possible
  • Try to loosely cover any fruits and vegetables that must be left out.
  • Make sure your garbage disposal is cleaned out; you can sanitize it by pouring boiling water into sink.
  • Doing all of this will help to eliminate the flies and they’ll slowly start to die naturally over time. However, this might take a few weeks.

Trapping the flies you see will speed up the elimination. Fruit fly traps are inexpensive, easy to use, and safe and non-toxic to be used in the kitchen and around food preparation areas. We carry quite a few different types of fruit fly traps, and you can purchase several and put them around the most problem areas to trap the remaining bugs.

Remember: these traps will not work unless you’ve cleaned! As long as fruit flies have a food source, they can keep reproducing.

 

 

 

Asian Lady Beetles: When Beneficial Helpers Turn Into Big Problems

In the summer, you’d be hard pressed to find a gardener or homeowner shooing ladybugs away from their plants. These pretty beetles eat tons of aphids and other plant-damaging insects, and are so beneficial to landscape plants and produce that some people purchase and release them into their property. But as the temperatures drop, so does the usefulness of ladybugs, especially multi-colored Asian lady beetles.

Congregating Lady Bugs

Image courtesy of Michigan State University

People generally think of these polka dot bugs as friendly, harmless, and often pictured on children’s clothing and knickknacks on your grandma’s counter. But they’re not so cute when they’ve infiltrated your home and are hanging out on your windows, taking in the sunshine.

I can remember going down into the basement of the house I grew up in during the fall, and finding the sliding door covered in ladybugs. They were everywhere, covering the inside and out. Let’s just say that wasn’t my favorite time of the year!

Asian Lady Beetle Damage

Asian lady beetles search for warm places to wait out the winter months, and love to rest on the warm, sun-drenched south facing exterior walls of buildings. Eventually, they work their way into the interior of the buildings they congregate on, becoming a big nuisance.

Besides the large numbers being annoying and inconvenient, these beetles can actually bite (it feels like a pinch) and emit an unpleasant odor and secrete a yellow substance when threatened or crushed. Accumulations of dead bugs can trigger allergies and asthma in those sensitive.

Keeping Ladybugs Out!

For as much of a nuisance they can become once the growing season is over, they’re not as difficult to get rid of as you might think.

First, make sure you know what you’re looking for. It should be easy to notice a very large amount of ladybugs on the outside of your home, but multi-colored Asian lady beetles have an “m” right behind their heads. They range in colors, too, from scarlet, to orange, to pale yellow. They might have many spots or hardly any at all, but they are al the same type of beetles.

Prevention, as usual, is the best form of protection against overwintering lady beetles.

  • Sealing every single gap and crack or way for the beetles to get in is a crucial step. In the exterior of a building, seal cracks around windows, doors, siding, utility pipes, chimney gaps, underneath siding, and any other possible place using silicone caulk or fine mesh screens.
  • If the beetles have made their way into your living space, it is crucial to observe where they are entering. They can get in through outlets, switches, heating and cooling vents, from behind baseboards, etc. Make sure to seal these accordingly.
  • These insects seem to be more attracted to south facing exterior and interior walls – any spot that gets ample sunlight. Dark colored buildings seem to be less affected by this pest.
  • Use a synthetic pyrethroid spray, anything that has a residual affect and labeled for use against ladybugs, will be a helpful measure against these bugs. Our Overwintering Kit includes everything you need to control these and other overwintering pests, like stinkbugs.
  • Once the bugs have made their way indoors, it is best to simply vacuum them up. They don’t reproduce indoors, so they’ll only annoy you. Vacuuming can spur the unpleasant scent and secretions, which can make vacuuming unpleasant, but it is the quickest and most effective way to get rid of large numbers of lady beetles at once.

Don’t Let Stink Bugs Ruin Your Fall Season

adult stinkbugThe cool, crisp weather of fall causes us to head outdoors for apple picking and pumpkin patches, but it causes overwintering insects, like stinkbugs, to seek the warmth of your home.

I’m sure you’ve seen the side of a house covered in ladybugs, or a doorway full of box elder bugs. Last fall, my apartment security door was covered in box elder bugs. On the inside. It was creepy and gross and I didn’t want to leave!

Luckily, though, it wasn’t stinkbugs. Stink bugs are tougher to get rid of and a whole lot smellier. The Brown Marmorated stink bug is an invasive species of stink bugs that causes a lot of issues, destroying high value crops and invading homes and buildings.

The Problem With Stink Bugs
As with other bothersome insects that overwinter in homes and buildings, stink bugs can be an extreme nuisance. While they don’t cause any structural damage or bodily harm to people, they give off a terrible odor when crushed, and since they congregate in such large numbers on houses, they can be accidentally killed so the odor is a constant problem.

These pests are very determined to get into a warm environment before winter sets in. Once they’re in, it can be tricky to get them out. Brown Marmorated Stink bugs are particularly difficult, since they are highly adaptable to different climates and resistant to common pesticides.

Keeping Stink Bugs Under Control
If you have encountered stink bugs in the past, it is best to anticipate they will be back each year, so you can prepare and prevent a full-blown infestation.

Exclusion is really the key in keeping your home stink bug free all year long. Before fall hits, make sure every crack and crevice has been sealed and all screens have been repaired. Since they congregate on the sides of buildings, make sure siding is crack free and any utility opening is fitted with fine mesh or some other way to block pests and stink bugs from getting. If the pests can’t get in, indoor control will not be necessary.

You can apply insecticides to the exterior of your home to alleviate the irritation the many stink bugs may cause. Using a synthetic pyrethroid product will be effective and have a residual effect. Reapply these products as often as the label allows.

If your stink bugs have made their way inside your walls, a dust product can help to control any insects in the wall voids. Stink bug traps can also be effective tools indoors, to attract and trap all existing stink bugs in your home.

Use our stink bug control kit to get all the products you’ll need to control stink bugs this season. For more information and products for stink bugs, see our main stink bug control page.

Know Your Bees: Bumblebees vs Carpenter Bees

bee on flower wavingPeople often lump bees together in one category. Any stinging insect is just “a bee,” no matter the appearance, size, or behavior. But really, there is a wide variety of bees and stinging insects out there, and some get a bad reputation, while others are misidentified. The bumblebee and carpenter bee are often confused and misidentified, but they are very different in behavior and importance. Since Carpenter Bees are going to be emerging again down here in the South in the next couple of weeks or so, we wanted to help you know which is which.

Carpenter bees can cause extensive damage to your home or property’s wooden elements, while bumblebees are extremely important pollinators that should be encouraged rather than controlled. Here’s a rundown of the difference between these two bees and how you can spot the bee you should control and the bee you should “let be” (pun intended).

bumblebee on flower

Bumblebee

Bumblebee Identification, Habits, and Habitats
Bumblebees can be 1/3 to 1 3/8 inches long. They have a narrow head compared to their abdomen, and are covered in fuzzy hair with yellow and black markings. They are relied on around the world to pollinate a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and flowers. Some plants, like tomatoes, rely specifically on bumblebees to pollinate. While they may not be as abundant and commercially viable as honeybee hives, they still make up a large part of the pollinating insects and animals.

Bumblebees are social insects with castes, meaning different bees have different tasks to keep the hive running, like gathering food and sharing it with other hive members. They make their nests in abandoned rodent or small animal burrows, soil cavities, old stumps, old bales of straw or hay, along foundations, and any other out of the way voids or burrows. Many people get a bumblebee sting when they accidentally walk or mow on or over the nests. Bumblebees can sting multiple times, but rarely do unless directly threatened.

carpenter bee flying

Carpenter Bee

Carpenter Bee Identification, Habits, and Habitats
Carpenter bees are ½ to 1 inch long. They have similar markings to a bumblebee, with some fur and yellow and black markings, but their abdomens are shiny and black. They feed on pollen and nectar of flowering plants, just like bumblebees, but are not social bees, so they do not have a large hive.

However, carpenter bees are wood-boring insects. They make their nests in wood, and can attack wooden elements of your home, commonly in doors, windowsills, roof eaves, shingles, railings, and sometimes wooden lawn furniture. They prefer unpainted surfaces, but paint does not deter them if they are in need of a nesting site. They create round, ½ inch holes, where they continue to drill tunnels within the wood. In these tunnels they create chambers to raise their young.  One bee’s drilling efforts in a season leaves minimal damage, but these bees continue to use the same nest sites year after year, so damage can become extensive if these bees are left unchecked. Check out our carpenter bee control page for ways to control these bees.

How to Get Rid of Those Evil Yellow Jackets

yellow jackets eating meatEven though Labor Day has come and gone, there is still a lot of nice weather left before winter sets in across the country. This means more barbecues, campfires, picnics – you name it. But it also means more potential encounters with yellow jackets, that striped, stinging intruder that is never welcome at any get together.

The end of summer and beginning fall is prime yellow jacket time. The yellow jacket’s natural food sources, like nectar from flowers, fruit, aphids, caterpillars, and other insects, begin to become scarce, so the worker yellow jackets are forced to forage for other food sources. Ice cream, soda, meats, fruits and vegetables we like to enjoy outdoors become targets for the yellow jackets, and you might find more buzzing around your picnic table than usual. They can get aggressive when under food stress, and could be more prone to stinging.

There’s no need to panic when you see these insects zipping around your spread. Just because they’re around, it doesn’t mean you and your family and friends are at a high risk of being stung. However, there are steps you can take to minimize your risk of being stung, and products you can use to help control any present yellow jackets and yellow jacket nests.

Avoiding and Minimizing Risk of Yellow Jacket Stings

  • First, I want to stress that you should not swat at any stinging insect. Bees, wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets will almost always sting if they feel threatened.  Yellow Jackets are focused on your food, not you. If there is one close to you, calmly walk away.
  • Don’t confuse yellow jackets with honeybees. Yellow jackets are smooth, shiny, and nearly hairless, while honeybees have dense hair covering their bodies.
  • When eating outdoors, make sure you cover drink cans and glasses, and check cans and cups before taking a sip, since yellow jackets love sugary beverages and may make their way inside without you knowing.
  • Cover leftovers and make sure to clean up any spills and food crumbs.
  • Make sure all garbage lids are closed tightly.
  • Do not leave pet foods outdoors.
  • When choosing a spot to set up a picnic or barbecue, avoid areas near open trashcans or dumpsters, as these are prime spots for foraging yellow jackets.
  • Yellow jackets can also be attracted to floral perfumes, scented hair products, and brightly colored, flowered clothing.

How to Get Rid of Yellow Jackets & Yellow Jacket Nests:

  • If you know or suspect there may be a nest in your area, monitor the yellow jacket activity. Yellow jacket nests are rarely out in the open. The nests tend to be under ground, in old mouse or rabbit burrows, recesses in mulch piles, rotting logs, and eaves or voids on houses and structures, or in tall grasses. They are enclosed in an envelope, so the cells are not exposed. If you see a similar looking nest out in the open, like hanging off a tree branch, it is probably a hornet’s nest, which can be controlled in the same way.
  • Yellow jackets are very aggressive when they feel their nests are threatened. If a nest is nearby, your risk of getting stung is much higher.
  • If you want to control the nests yourself, do so in the very early morning or late evening when the yellow jackets will be more sluggish and slow.
  • When doing a yellow jacket or wasp treatment, we recommend you have a can or two of Wasp Freeze on hand to knock down any yellow jackets or wasps that might try and fly around while you are killing the nest.
  • There will be probably only one opening near the bottom of the nest. Never shine a light into this opening, as this will startle the insects and cause them to fly at the light source.
  • There are many products you can use to control yellow jackets in their nests, like Tempo Dust or Rescue W-H-Y Spray formulated for wasp, hornet, and yellow jacket nests, among many other products.
  • Make sure to take safety precautions when treating these nests, like wearing protective clothing like hats, long sleeves, bee veils, goggles, gloves, boots, long pants, and thick clothing. Make sure no one is in the area while you are treating so they are not in danger of being stung.
  • Refer to the video above for additional information on exterminating a yellow jacket nest.

Prepping For The Cold: Fall Maintenance Tips For Your Yard

raking leavesAll summer you’ve been mowing, weeding, trimming, fertilizing, watering, and planting, working to craft a beautiful landscape and flawless lawn. Most of you might want to hang up your gardening gloves once the cool weather hits, but all your hard work can be undone if you don’t take a few steps to protect your landscape plants and lawn from cold weather conditions.

There are a few basics to follow when carrying out fall maintenance. In some areas of the country, the preparation can start early in the season, but for the most part, much of the steps you should take can happen a month or so before the first predicted hard freeze.

Fall Lawn Maintenance
The tasks are slightly different for cool or warm season lawns, so make sure you know what type of lawn you have before doing any season maintenance. Check our lawn care schedule calendar, where you can find out what type of lawn you may have and other specific tips.

For general lawn maintenance, start in September by applying fertilizer, like a weed and feed product. Take care of weeds with spot treatments or broadcast treatments. In the following weeks, up to the first hard freeze, check if your lawn must be aerated and the thatch removed by power raking. Apply one more application of fertilizer nearing the end of October or beginning of November. Applying late season fertilizers will cause your plants to store the extra nutrients through the winter and will result in a healthier, greener lawn when spring arrives.

General Fall Landscape Maintenance

pruning Sanitation, or cleaning up your yard and landscape, corrective pruning, and protective steps like mulching, are important aspects of fall landscape maintenance before the winter moves in.

  • Sanitation: Plant diseases and pests can harbor in piles of leaves, weeds, dead plants, pine needles, and more. Even over winter, fungal and bacterial spores can survive and infect plants in the growing season. Piles of vegetation on the ground can also affect the pH balance of the soil underneath. Clean up all lawn debris and piles of vegetation before winter sets in. Do not let diseased plants insect damaged plants overwinter in the ground near healthy plants. Carefully remove all affected parts and discard.
  • Pruning: Now, this isn’t the time for extensive pruning to shape your shrubs and bushes, but more about minimal pruning of dead, broken, or diseased limbs and twigs. You can also trim away any branches or limbs that are rubbing or scraping against structures or growing in undesirable ways. Since the plants are on their way to being dormant, this pruning should not cause any damage to the plants.
  • Protective measures: This is your opportunity to add a layer of protection to annual flowers and shrubs and bushes. Heavy snow, ice winds, etc., can damage more delicate shrubs or bushes in your landscape. Wrap these plants in burlap or place overturned plastic planters or buckets over them. Adding an extra layer of mulch to landscape plants can also help to protect and insulate them through the winter. Do not let your total mulch exceed 3-4 inches deep.

While spring and summer is prime time for your lawn and landscape plants, and when yard work is at its height, don’t let the cooler temps trick you into neglecting your yard for the winter. Although the plants may go dormant, the few steps you take in fall can greatly improve your yard once the warm weather returns.

Take a peek at our Lawn and Garden category for mulch, fertilizer, pruning shears, and more for your fall maintenance needs.

Fall Pest Proofing Tips

pest proofing home

Summer is pretty much still in full swing across the country, and most of us are still trying to keep the mosquitoes at bay as we enjoy the outdoors. But I’ve already started to notice the nights are getting shorter, and the nights hold their chill a bit longer.

Why am I waxing rhapsodic about changing seasons? Well, I’m not entirely, although I always look forward to fall. Really, though, it’s time to look ahead and try to mitigate any possible pest issues the changing seasons bring.

It might sound odd, since summer is still lingering, but soon colder temperatures will prevail. All those pests you fought to combat all summer, like pesky squirrels and chipmunks, or those you begged to stay around, like lady bugs (Asian lady beetles) will be looking for refuge from the fall and winter weather.

Here’s a quick and easy guide to making sure your home is protected from a wide variety of fall and winter invaders.

Fall Pest Proofing

Outdoors: All types of pests, from rats and snakes to ants, cockroaches, and other unpleasant insects, love to use weeds, overgrown vegetation, tall grass, and debris piles as shelter or food sources. Once the grass, weeds, and other shelter areas die away from winter weather, those pests will search out new shelters, and will likely choose your house as their new home. To prevent this, make sure you:

  • Keep grass trimmed consistently, ideally throughout the summer and fall.
  • Keep weeds in check, and avoid letting them accumulate in piles.
  • Keep tree limbs trimmed away from your home, to prevent access of rodents.
  • Check to see if roof is in good repair before the winter season begins
  • Clean gutters
  • Do not let debris pile up in the yard.
  • Store firewood far from away from home, at least twenty feet.

In doing these steps, you will lower the chance that any critters are establishing a home in your yard, so when winter does hit, there’s a much lower risk of pests seeking out your home as shelter.

Indoors: The key to any pest prevention is restricting access to your home. If there are no ways that pests can get in, you will have minimal problems. These tips can help to prevent a huge variety of insect pets.

  • Install door sweeps on exterior doors
  • Repair all damaged screens
  • Screen all vents and chimneys
  • Seal all cracks and crevices in the exterior of the structure with caulk or sealant, especially where pipes or utilities enter the home. You can also use a great product called STUF-FIT Copper Mesh (image below) to block entry points.
stuf-fit copper mesh blocking hole in wall under kitchen sink
  • Make sure all food is in tightly sealed containers
  • Keep garbage receptacles tightly sealed
  • Replace any worn mortar or weather stripping around basement foundation and windows
  • Fix all leaky pipes, clogged drains, or any other source of excess moisture

Pesticide Applications

In addition to the non-chemical steps listed above, applying a broad spectrum, residual pesticide, like Talstar One or Suspend SC, to the exterior of your home and as a barrier treatment. This will give you an extra level of protection that will last for months.

Avoid These DIY Pest Control Mistakes

diy pest control mistakes

When it comes to pest control, it’s safe to say we’ve got you covered. Here at DoMyOwnPestControl.com, we want to make sure you have the confidence, knowledge, and products to be successful and happy with your pest control results.

That being said, we all make mistakes. But we don’t want DIY pest control to be one of those for you. Here are some common pest control mistakes that homeowners make, and ways to avoid them when you’re doing your own pest control projects.

1. Not doing sufficient research on the pest
Whether it’s incorrectly identifying a pest or using the wrong product for the wrong pest, not doing research before you begin your pest control steps can really throw your pest control efforts into failure.

It sounds basic and obvious, but correctly identifying the pest you want to control and learning where it lives, what it eats, and other habits, can better help you to control the pest. Reading through our information on each pest is a good place to start, as well as calling or chatting with our pest control experts who can help lead you started.

2. Treating only the symptoms of your pest problems, and not the cause
Setting mousetraps and not considering where the mice are gaining access or baiting for ants without cleaning up your kitchen is going to keep you in a pest control loop. It might get better for a while, but if you let little spills and crumbs build up or cracks and crevices unfilled, more ants, mice, and other pests will find a way in.

Prevention and non-chemical control steps are crucial in any pest control application. Relying solely on a product might end up costing you more money in the end, since the cause of the infestation remains unchecked, causing you to buy more product than necessary.

3. Using untested methods and remedies
These are often called “folk” remedies. For example to keep deer from eating your plants, you might have heard to hang mesh bags of human hair in trees. Or perhaps you’ve heard of putting razor blades in mole holes to kill damage-causing moles. These may have anecdotal success, but often these are not shown to be widely successful methods of control.

When you purchase a pesticide or other pest control product, it has been tested and formulated to control precisely, with no recipes or guesswork. If you are worried about using natural pest control and are uncomfortable with the idea of an insecticide or pesticide, there are so many different types of all natural, organic, and non-chemical methods of pest control on the market today that can give you consistent results.

4. Using products incorrectly/not following instructions
Now, when it comes to using products incorrectly, this doesn’t just mean pest control products. Using anything that is not registered as a pest control product should not be used in that capacity. For example, mothballs are often touted as the perfect item to use in gardens to ward of rabbits, snakes, and a host of other garden pests, as well as rodent control in the home.

Labels on pest control products are not only just the instructions, but they’re also the law. Not following these instructions fully can result in you getting a fine or misusing the product in a dangerous way.

For both of these issues, it’s very important to follow label instructions fully. Using any product “off label” can cause a host of issues, including contaminating soil and groundwater, and harm animals and children. It isn’t just about getting rid of pests, but also keeping you, your family, and your environment safe.

5. Being afraid to ask questions
Never be afraid to get an expert opinion. Even if you are doing the pest control yourself, many pest control companies will come out to do an evaluation, which can be helpful when you’re a little unsure of yourself. But most importantly, we have experts on staff that are knowledgeable in all of our products and a plethora of pests. There’s no reason to hesitate when you can get expert advice for free, any time.

Garden Pests: Prevention tips to keep your plants healthy

plant pest diseasesOne of the best parts about the warmer months of the year is the beautiful plants and flowers that abound. Brightly colored, fragrant flowers, deep green foliage, and nutritious, bountiful vegetables, there is plenty for all to enjoy.

I’m still apartment living. While I still have a few pots of shade plants on my porch, I’m envious of those who have generous landscapes and gardens full of beautiful plants to enjoy. I know it is a lot of work to keep those plants healthy, and one of the biggest battles all gardeners and plant lovers are familiar with: pests and disease.

Even though I don’t have the space or sunlight to grow as many plants and vegetables as I’d like, I’ve learned a lot about keeping plants pest and disease free. Do My Own Pest Control has tons of products to make it really easy to keep my plants healthy, and I’ve also absorbed a lot of knowledge from writing about products, plants, and insects for the site. One main aspect of fighting insect pests and disease in the garden is prevention.

Preventing insects and diseases before they become a major issue can go a long way in keeping your work out in the garden to a minimum. Although most prevention techniques do require care and attention to your plants, it is much easier to prevent the devastation a certain plant disease or insect pests may cause instead of dealing with the aftermath. Here are some really great prevention and management techniques that will help you keep your plants healthy and beautiful all season long.

Before You Plant:
Sometimes, the best prevention starts before you even put the plant into the ground.

  • Inspect plants very carefully before purchase. Check to see that they look healthy, free of insects, larvae, and eggs, and are free of debris or other material. Planting a potentially infested or diseased plant can wreak havoc on your entire garden.
  • If possible, try to find a reputable seller than can ensure the plants are pest and disease free.
  • Select plants that are well suited for the environment and climate you will be planting them in, as this will keep them healthier and better able to resist disease and withstand insect damage.

In The Ground
Healthy soil equals healthy plants. A healthier plant will be able to withstand harsh weather, disease, and pest damage much easier than a weak or unhealthy plant. Build up healthy soil by adding organic matter like compost material or organic soil to the garden bed or planter, and till soil before planting.

Good Plant Practices

  • One of the biggest aspects of insect pest and plant disease prevention is careful observation. Paying attention to what your plants look like and if there are any critters visiting them can alert you to possible problems. Recognizing a possible aphid infestation or the start of leaf curl early will make it much easier to fix.
  • Make sure there is not an abundance of weeds and plant debris around your plants. Weeds can take away nutrients and water from your plants, and plant debris can harbor damaging insects.
  • When inspecting plants, try to handpick any insect pests, larvae, and eggs you might see, as this will help reduce the amount of pest control product you might have to apply.
  • Encourage and even introduce beneficial insects into your yard. Beneficial insects and mites will eat or destroy insect pests. Ladybugs, spiders, dragonflies/damsel flies, syrphid flies, green lacewings, bees, paper wasps, butterflies, and beneficial nematodes and more are all great and welcome visitors to your garden and landscape.

Garden Pest Control
Sometimes, despite your best efforts, a disease or pest may take over certain plants in your garden. We carry a huge selection of garden pest products and disease control products, from natural and organic to conventional, we have almost anything you need to combat all types of insects and plant diseases to make sure your plants are always at their best.