Are There Ants in Your Plants?

Are there ants in your plants? Although ants do not, by themselves, eat or disfigure plants in any way, they create problems through their sap-sucking insect agents. In hot, dry weather, ants come ou...

Preserving Plants During Fumigation

Q: I live in a town house complex that is going to be fumigated (tented) next month. I have many valuable house plants that will have to be taken out for three days. Will they survive if left outdoor...

Barn Owls for Gopher Control

Q: We planted gopher purge (Euphorbia lathyrus) several years ago and have had no gophers since. The plant reseeds itself; in fact, we have had to pull out extra plants each year. Isn’t this be...

Rabbit Control

Lately, I have received a significant number of e-mails about two pests, one real and one imaginary, at least where our part of the country is concerned. First, we’ll look at the real one. In T...

Some Basics Regarding Insect Pest Control

If you notice, upon repeated observation here and there, that a particular plant species is being ravaged by an insect pest, wait a few years. If you happen to have a representative of this plant spe...

Sucking Insect Attack

Rain in May is not unheard of in the Valley, so the effects of last weekend’s downpour on local gardens are somewhat predictable based on late rains of years gone by. May rain extends the flowe...

Pest Control with Baking Soda & Sugar

It is not often that you find a book on pest control you feel compelled to read from cover to cover, but “Slug Bread and Beheaded Thistles” (Broadway Books, 2000) is exactly that. Subtitl...

Gopher Wars

A 60-year-old book on gardening recommended this for gopher control: ”Flood the burrow with a garden hose and watch for the emergence of the animal, which is killed with a shovel, stick or othe...