Medicinal marijuana has been steeped in controversy for years and we’re not taking a stand either way. It started back in the the 1930′s, with Hollywood films depicting it as an addictive and deadly substance, attempting to reduce its usage among both teenagers and adults alike. Today, many people argue its supposed health claims and whether … » Read the rest
What looks like a wasp, annoys the kids, and has a sting like no other? That would be the deer fly – a nuisance that feeds on blood and pollen, and causes annoyance to every living thing it encounters. Along with the pain that can come from a female’s bite, the deer fly is also a … » Read the rest
Stout in stature and colorful in appearance, scarab beetles come in more than 30,000 different varieties. While some scarab beetles are known to help recycle dung, others, such as the Japanese beetle, can pose serious threats to crops and gardens. The larvae of scarabs are never exposed to sunlight, and often attack the roots of turf … » Read the rest
Stag beetles don’t mess around when it comes to finding food or mates, making them a somewhat hard-to-handle insect in some parts of the country. Competitors at heart, male stage beetles have large mandibles used to joust and rival other male beetles, and will go great lengths to find food sources. Attracted to rotting wood, stag … » Read the rest
Root-knot nematodes live within soil and feed off the roots of plants such as okra, tomatoes, peppers, corn, and peas, extracting the water and nutrients from the roots in order to survive. These tiny worm-like insects receive their name from the knot-like structures they form in the roots of plants. They thrive in sandy soil, which is common in … » Read the rest
They’re creepy, crawly, small, and annoying. Wax scales won’t stop until they’ve destroyed every plant in the garden. Although they can be difficult to kill, wax scales can be controlled. The key is often timing and prevention, both of which may be helpful in fighting other types of harmful garden insects as well.
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Spittlebugs, tiny insects that feed on herbaceous plants, pine trees, and redwood trees, can damage gardens, crops, and trees. Unfortunately, while the damage they cause is often easily visible, the bugs themselves are difficult to spot. How can you protect your garden from these pesky insects? Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prevent spittlebugs … » Read the rest
Once thought to be creatures out of a low-budget Hollywood movie, cyborg insects are now making waves in the professional scientific community. New ideas from the world of technology are emerging as scientists attempt create bugs with practical uses.
The Rise of the Cyborg Insect
Many insects are most active during the warm-weather months, when they inflict the most damage. Where do these creepy, crawly critters go during cold and harsh winter months though? How do they eat? Below are some surprising ways that insects keep warm and kicking when temperatures drop.
Options for Outdoor Insects
Whiteflies are tiny, pervasive little insects that are suprisingly difficult to control. Their little white bodies can pack a powerful punch, as they are vampires of vegetation. Once they attach themselves to a leaf, they suck out as much of the sap as they can, before moving on to the next host. The leaf eventually dies, … » Read the rest