Living the Country Life

Pest Control Content

Hornworms can be very destructive, but are fortunately easy to control
If something is munching on your tomato plants, it might be a tomato hornworm. Hornworms are large, green caterpillars with a “horn-like” tail that gives them their name. They can grow up...
A bite-free experience depends on good pond management
When I’m fishing, I hate being attacked by swarms of mosquitoes. I use bug spray, but the skeeters always seem to find the one spot I miss. A nasty bug problem can rob anyone of the enjoyment...
Help your gardens repel bugs and take care of themselves
When bugs find your vegetable garden and help themselves to dinner, it can make you feel helpless. Maybe you cry “uncle”, give up, and say you’ll try again next year. But with the...
A wasp the size of a pin head may control the nuisance Rugose spiraling whitefly.
The Rugose spiraling whitefly leaves a sticky white mess that becomes covered in black mold on everything from plants to cars and pools. “Although the Rugose spiraling whitefly damages...
Pay special attention to plants and humans
Good cultural practices and integrated pest management is important for keeping a greenhouse pest-free. But sometimes, the bugs get the upper hand and you have to reach for a pesticide. Ric Bessin...
Timing and weather conditions are key when starting a controlled fire
Over a-hundred years ago, the red glow of a fire on the horizon would put fear into anyone who saw it.  It’s still shocking to see, but a controlled fire is one way to get rid of unwanted...
Use traps when they wear out their welcome
Moles are strange looking animals. These small, furry critters have beak-like noses, tiny eyes, and huge paddle-like front feet with large claws. They live their lives constantly burrowing in deep...
Your tree might be a convenient snack
I get a kick out of watching the squirrels scamper around the back yard. Squirrels can cause tree damage by gnawing, but ours are so busy raiding the bird feeders I haven't noticed anything out...
Early detection and diagnosis of pests will help keep them under control
I love walking into greenhouses, especially in the cooler months of the year. The warm temperatures and humidity make them so inviting. Unfortunately the bugs think so too, and can wreak a lot of...
Learn about dry farming and how one walnut orchard in Paso Robles, California created its own brand.
Learn about dry farming and how one walnut orchard in Paso Robles, California created its own distinguished brand.