Bugs

  • Stratiolaelaps Scimitus: The Soil Mite Predator

    If you are dealing with fungus gnat or thrip infestation, the Stratiolaelaps Scimitus might be your solution. 

    Read our blog below to get more information about these beneficial mites, how they can help your pest issues, and how to purchase and use them in your garden.

    What is the Stratiolaelaps Scimitus

    The predatory mite Stratiolaelaps Scimitus, also known as Hypoaspis miles, is been widely used as a biological control agent to control fungus gnats and thrips. 

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  • Ladybugs: The Complete Guide

    What Is A Ladybug?

    Ladybugs are often called ladybirds, ladybeetles, or ladybird beetles. These are small insects from the Coccinellidae family. They're quite famous for their striking appearance, which typically includes a bright red or orange shell with black spots.

    However, it's interesting to note that their color can vary, including shades of yellow, black, and sometimes pink.

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  • Russet Mites: Everything You Need to Know

    Russet mites, or russet mite aculops, are microscopic pests that can wreak havoc on various plants.  They can cause significant damage to crops such as tomatoes and hemp. Despite their small size, these mites can have a big impact on plant health, leading to stunted growth, reduced yield, and sometimes even death. 

    Lets delve into the world of these mites by learning their characteristics.  We will go over the damage they inflict on host plants.  Also, how farmers can effectively manage and control infested areas.

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  • Palmetto Bugs: Strategies for Managing Pests in Your Garden

    Palmetto bugs, often mistakenly referred to as cockroaches, are a common nuisance in many gardens. These resilient insects thrive in warm and humid environments, making gardens an ideal habitat. Lets look into the world of palmetto bugs and distinguish them from true cockroaches.  Lets explore their size and habits, and discuss effective strategies to keep these pests at bay.

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  • The Best Garden Pesticides & Fungicides Of 2024

    Whether you’re acting preventatively or dealing with an existing outbreak, you need the best garden pesticide & fungicide on hand to keep your plants safe and healthy in a worst case scenario.

    While these types of products may have a negative connotation in certain communities, the hate is unwarranted - when used properly, pest & disease control products are entirely safe for you, the environment, and of course, your plants. We’ll cover this more in depth later on.

    In this article, you’re also going to learn when & how these types of products should be used, and how you can do so safely.

    Of course, we’re also going to cover the main topic of this blog post - the top insecticides & fungicides you can implement in your grow room or garden. 

    We’ll help you weigh the pros and cons of each product, and consider variables such as plant & bug type, organic vs synthetic, & much more. 

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  • Squash Bugs in the Garden: What are They & How to Get Rid of Them

    Learning how to get rid of squash bugs naturally in the garden is an important task. This is true for anyone growing veggies from the squash family.

    These pests are primarily found on these families of plants. Just about any garden can develop an outbreak of these frustrating bugs though.

    Often confused for stink bugs, squash bugs are unfortunately far more detrimental to plants. Both have a nasty odor when crushed and are quite similar in appearance. 

    Fortunately, there are several steps you can take when it comes to getting rid of squash bugs in the garden. We'll cover these in depth and help you weigh your options.

    We first need to explain what type of damage these bugs can do if left to do their bidding. We should also look at how to identify them. We also want to share a few prevention tactics. These might save your garden and plants from ever experiencing an infestation in the first place.

    For squash bugs control it's important to take preventative measures. You can use row covers to protect your plants or rotate your crops to avoid infestations. You can also handpick and remove squash bugs and their eggs.

    You can also use insect soaps or neem oil to control squash bugs. Additionally, planting trap crops like radishes or marigolds can help lure squash bugs away from your main crops.

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  • How To Get Rid Of Flea Beetles In The Garden

    While you may suspect these are only a problem for your pets, it's important for growers to learn how to get rid of flea beetles in the garden too!

    No, these aren’t the same bugs that can irritate your dogs - they are a frustrating garden pest that can wreak havoc on your plants and destroy all of your hard work quickly if you don't take action.

    This insect tends to have an insatiable appetite, consuming your lush green foliage at a rapid rate.

    Because of this, it's imperative that you learn how to get rid of them quickly should you encounter them in your grow room or garden.

    We have all of the information you need to prevent these pests - and to stop them from doing any more damage.

    First, though, we need to explain what exactly these bugs are, and teach you how to identify them! 

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  • How To Get Rid Of Cutworms In The Garden

    When it comes to learning how to get rid of cutworms in the garden, it seems as though everyone has their own idea of what will work well - and what will not.

    Fortunately, we’re here to cut through all the nonsense and to provide you a clear guide for getting rid of cutworms on your plants that will work no matter what. 

    If you’ve ever dealt with these bugs, you know how devastating they can be. They have insatiable appetites, and can munch through your foliage without taking a break.

    We're going to help you get back on track if you have an infestation at the time of reading this, sharing the right products and tips to kill cutworms quickly and safely.

    First, though, we need to explain what these bugs are, what damage they can do to your plants, and how to identify & differentiate them from similar pests.

    Then, we'll share some prevention tips, so you can optimize your growing space to cut down your chances of ever dealing with an outbreak in the first place!

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  • How To Get Rid Of Stink Bugs In The Garden

    While you may think these are just a bug that stinks up your house, many growers also need to learn how to get rid of stink bugs in the garden, too.

    When it comes time to get rid of stink bugs on plants, you might find yourself relying on all the old tried and true methods, like diatomaceous earth and handpicking. 

    However, there are only a few truly effective methods to get rid of stink bugs in the garden. Luckily for you, we'll cover them all in-depth on this page.

    We'll start by explaining what damage these bugs can do to your plants, along with how to identify them. Then, we'll discuss some prevention tips so you don't end up with an infestation in the first place.

    But for those who are dealing with a stink bug infestation in the garden - we'll teach you how to get rid of them fast. Let's start by addressing the first question - what is a stink bug?

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  • How To Get Rid Of Cucumber Beetles In The Garden

    Looking for information on how to get rid of cucumber beetles naturally in the garden? You’re in the right place. 

    When it comes to precious garden plants like squash, pumpkins, and of course, cucumbers, it seems there is no shortage of pests lying in wait to munch upon their tender fruits or bright green leaves.

    Cucumber beetles are among the eager, appearing first thing in the spring and having the ability to decimate an entire crop. 

    If you’re ready to learn more about getting rid of cucumber beetles, there’s no time to waste.

    We're going to cover everything you need to know to restore balance in your garden or greenhouse. We'll start with how to identify these bugs, and then explain what type of damage they can do if left to do their bidding.

    After that, we'll share the top prevention tips. Of course, we'll conclude this guide with how to get rid of cucumber beetles naturally, whether they're on your plants, in your media, etc.

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