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Summer heat and drought are prime conditions for midge flies to make the deer sick
A tiny midge fly is biting deer and infecting the animals with a virus that causes hemorrhagic disease. Emily Flinn is a resource scientist with the Missouri Department of Conservation. She says...
The Colorado potato beetle will chew the leaves of potatoes, tomatoes, and eggplants to nothing
The Colorado potato beetle is a familiar pest in the vegetable garden and will munch foliage till there's nothing left. Tom Kuhar is an associate professor of entomology at Virginia Tech. He...
Cicadas are little bugs that make a great big noise every decade or so
The deafening sound in your trees this spring announces the arrival of cicadas. Dan Mozgai is a cicada expert, and owner of the website cicadamania.com. There are species that appear either every 13...
My niece Tika Marie Siburt posted this photo on Facebook and I shared it with Living the Country Life fans. They loved it, although most had no idea what it was. This is not something right out of a...
40,000 cases of lyme disease are documented in the U.S. every year. Warmer winters and fewer rodents make it worse because ticks need to look for other hosts - us! Here are some tick-prevention...
Enrich your garden with native pollinators.
Buzz of the bees A rich, natural environment -- the essence of country living -- is much more than visual beauty. It also calls for the sounds of country, including the buzz of bees. "...
You needn't get out the chemical arsenal to rid your garden of unwanted pests and diseases.
Look no farther than your kitchen or medicine cabinet to help control common garden pests.
A Michigan State University entomology study has found that native bees and insect predators that have access to native plants do a great job of pollinating and consuming insect pests. This can add...
Living the Country Life Radio Program with Betsy Freese
Interesting history Listen to the radio story mp3 Radio interview source: James A. Baggett, editor, Nature's Garden magazine Ladybugs, properly known as lady beetles, have a rich folklore....