Pests and Diseases

  • Pest and Disease Directory
    Identifying the problem is the first step in finding an earth-friendly way to reduce the damage caused by garden foes. Our directory features the most common causes of garden problems.
  • All About Yellow Jackets, Bees and Their Kin
    How to identify yellow jackets, honeybees, bumblebees and other stinging insects. Techniques for preventing problems.
  • Controlling Japanese Beetles
    This guide will help you control Japanese beetles in your yard and garden.
  • Houseplant Pests and Diseases
    How to keep your houseplants healthy and pest-free.
  • Mouse-Proofing
    Autumn temperatures send mice scurrying to warmer places, such as homes. The key to keeping them out? Change the habitat to make it less mouse-friendly.
  • Outwitting Squirrels
    Tips for keeping squirrels away.
  • Protect Your Garden From Deer
    Techniques for repelling deer.
  • How to Work With Nature to Minimize Pest and Disease Problems
    How to work with nature to control pests and diseases, and enjoy a healthier garden and harvest.
  • Controlling Mosquitoes
    This guide will help you enjoy being outdoors, even during mosquito season.
  • Troubleshooting Tomato Problems
    What's wrong with my tomatoes? Learn how to diagnose and treat tomato problems.
  • Keeping Animal Pests Out of Your Garden
    What is a nature-loving, generally peaceful soul to do when voles, woodchucks, squirrels, gophers, rabbits, moles, and other furry little mammals wreak havoc on our gardens?
  • Animal Trapping Techniques
    How to trap troublesome animal pests.
  • Animal Fencing Techniques
    Fencing is the only sure-fire way to keep wild and domestic animals out of a prized garden.
  • Slug-Resistant Plants
    A list of flowering plants that slugs don't like.
  • How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies
    Getting fruit flies out of the kitchen takes a bit of persistence, but it isn’t difficult and doesn’t require any pesticides.
  • Plant Diseases 101
    What to do when your plant looks sick.
  • How to Prevent Late Blight on Tomatoes
    How can you prevent late blight on tomatoes? Unfortunately, there's no silver bullet for late blight. The most important thing you can do: be alert, be prepared.
  • Beneficial Bugs
    Most garden visitors -- more than 95 percent -- are either beneficial or benign.
  • How to Recognize Plant Stress
    Sometimes when plants look sick or appear to be under attack by insects, the symptoms are actually a sign that the plant is being stressed by environmental factors. Here are some common symptoms of stress and the conditions that cause them.
  • Diagnosing Plant Problems
    If you want to avoid using broad-spectrum poisons in your garden, the key to success is taking time to observe and try to understand what’s really going on. It’s the single most important action you can take.
  • Protecting Berries from Birds
    If you're trying to keep birds from your crops, any scare device will work for a few days. But the most effective technique is exclusion.
  • Protect Yourself from Summer Insect Pests
    For most of us, mosquitoes and other insect pests are mere annoyances, but sometimes they pose real threats.
  • Good Question!
    Gardeners have questions — and we have answers. You'll find some of the most frequently asked questions answered here.
  • Good Fences Make Good Gardens
    After reading reviews of how our customers are using our Border Fence, we were inspired to share some of them with you.
  • Controlling Rabbits
    Controlling bunnies with fences, repellents and other techniques.
  • Controlling Lily Leaf Beetles
    How to keep lily leaf beetles from destroying your lilies.
  • How to Attract Bug-Eating Birds
    There are lots of great reasons to make your yard and garden more welcoming to birds. But here's one more: pest control!
  • Common Flower Diseases
    Mid- to late summer is the time plant diseases become noticeable in gardens and landscapes. Some of the most common diseases found on flowers the home garden include powdery mildew, gray mold (Botrytis), and black spot.
  • Are You Ready for Roses?
    To help ensure your success with roses, we've gathered some new rose care products and some long-time customer favorites to help you get the most from your roses.
  • Digging for Truth
    Though we seek black-and-white answers for gardening questions, the truth is often a gray area. Most answers begin with the words, "It depends …."
  • Yellow Jacket FAQs
    Often confused with bees, yellow jackets are much more aggressive, and most reported "bee stings" may in fact be yellow jacket stings. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions.