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Category: insects

Controlling Pests in your spring garden

Our job is not only to manage our gardens but to manage the organisms that benefit our gardens. Mass and indiscriminate spraying of pesticides kill not only the ubiquitous stink bugs but also bees, ladybugs, praying mantids, and other beneficial insect predators.

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Where have all the fireflies gone?

Hunting frogs at night along dark waterways, edged by cypress swamps is an interesting pastime, especially if the nearest town with streetlights is 10 miles of dirt road away. The best time to hunt frogs is on a moonless night, where the headlight I…

Neonicotinoids – Still killing butterflies and bees

In case you didn’t know, neonicotinoids are a new class of insecticides related to nicotine. The name actually means “new, nicotine-like insecticide.” Neonicotinoids affect receptors in the nerve synapse of insects. Particularly toxic to insects, they can also harm vertebrates.

Honey Bees,  Mites, and Neonicotinoid Insecticides…What’s causing our honey bee decline

Honey bees are disappearing at alarming rates across the globe and scientists are still scrambling to find out the causes. Since honeybees are responsible for pollinating 30% of the world’s food crops and 90% of our wild plants, the decline is something to sit…

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