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Begin your plan of attack when the first ones arrive
Last summer was a bad one for Japanese beetles in my area. Thousands devoured my knock-out roses, green beans, and the leaves on our linden tree. Like blood to a shark, the smell of their favorite...
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If you see holes in your cabbage and a lot of butterflies hanging around, you might have a cabbage worm infestation
Got holes in your cabbage plants? Caterpillars love to dine on cabbage and can cause some serious damage. There are several types of cabbage worm which include cutworm, imported cabbage worm, cabbage...
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Find out how you can control five damaging pests in your garden.
Find out how you can control five damaging pests in your garden.
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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...
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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...
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How to keep rabbits out of your garden.
Having trouble with little visitors in your garden? Try these helpful tips to safely keep them from coming back.
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Your property is the beetles' buffet, so if you have an infestation, cut off their food supply
I have some knockout roses and a couple of butterfly bushes that become a Japanese Beetle buffet every summer. Japanese beetles have green heads and copper wings. As grubs, they destroy lawns and eat...
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Be smarter than the bugs and save your crop
Leafy greens are among the most popular plants grown for home use and farmer’s markets. Unfortunately, insects like eating salad too.   Rick Weinzierl is an extension entomology...
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Break the cycle with good sanitation, crop rotation, and catching them early
You love to grow squash, melons, and pumpkins in your gardens. Squash bugs really appreciate your effort. Kelly Allsup is an extension horticulture educator at the University of Illinois. She...