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What are these insects?
by Manage My Life 
April 26th, 2007
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There in many different types of wood boring insects, from powder post beetles to carpenter bees. We suggest you take a photograph of the damage, collect any dead insects that you can find, and any frass (waste and sawdust from the exit holes). Package this up and send it to an entomologist. Unfortunately, your Profile does not indicate where you live. See the link below.
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April 26th, 2007
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Lawn insects
by Manage My Life 
May 30th, 2012
Jerry C
Hello Mr Ibarra,

I would like to assist you with ants in your lawn. I live in Central Texas and have had the same issue. We happen to have a lot of what is referred to as Fire Ants and they are notoriously hard to eradicate. I tried different methods with little luck until I used a

granulated insecticide

specifically for fire ants. Presto, ant problem solved. I have to apply as soon as I notice a new mound, but there are less and less of them and the application is easy.

Now, do you know what type of ants you have, and what is your region? This may not be the product that you need, but I prefer granulated type controls for ants.

Sears

is a link to another good product for whole yard application for fire ants. Here is a link to the

USDA potential fire ant range

map and information to help you identify the type of ants you have.

I look forward to assisting you further.

Jerry C
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June 4th, 2012
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Insects attacking vegetable garden
by Manage My Life 
June 16th, 2012
Kris Wetherbee
Hi Shana. Nibbled holes can be caused by a variety of pest insects. Knowing who the culprit is can narrow down the best organic remedy. I always recommend that every gardener has a field guide to help identify the insects in their garden. Case in point; most likely the fly-like insect you described is a beneficial insect and one you want to encourage. I can't be sure without seeing a photo, but it could be the hover fly, whose larvae devours a variety of pest insects, such as aphids. Oftentimes evidence of a pest insect can be lurking on the underside of leaves. That said, soft-bodied pest insects--such as aphids--are easily controlled with an insecticidal soap spray, by blasting them with water, or by introducing lacewings and/or lady beetles. (You can purchase these beneficial beauties online.) If the offending pest is a caterpillar, Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) is a naturally-occurring, non-toxic bacterium and is highly effective. Good luck!
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June 20th, 2012
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Can I ship spiders or insects?
by Eric Niff 
October 30th, 2009
Jeff Faye
How big are your insects?
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October 26th, 2012
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getting rid of insects on my cherry tree
by Manage My Life 
July 28th, 2011
ERIN HYNES
Idaho! I was at Redfish Lake this summer, in the Sawtooths, kind of near Ketchum. ----- For general info, I've attached a link to the University of Idaho's handbook about growing fruit trees. --- As for the insects, were they tiny, with soft bodies? Or bigger, with hard shells? In any case, with the bugs gone now, there's no point in spraying. If we can figure out what they are, I can see whether they'd have laid eggs on the tree, in which case a horticultural oil spray could help prevent them next year. ----- It's been a crazy year for weather, so it could be that you're not getting much fruit because pollination and fruit set were poor. Did you have many flowers on the tree this year?
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How do I pack spiders or insects for shipping?
by Manage My Life 
October 30th, 2009
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Spiders and insects are packed like reptiles with one exception: instead of a bag, place your arachnid or insect in a plastic container with small air holes in the top and several moist paper towels below and above the animal. Close the container and seal it with tape to prevent jostling. Then place the container in a well-padded shipping box.
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I have some roses they been infected with green insects. What I can use to treat it?
by Manage My Life 
April 6th, 2009
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It's important to identify the pest before you treat it, since different pests respond best to different remedies. Also, you want to be sure the insect you're seeing is actually a pest, not an innocent bystander or even beneficial insect. In your case, I can't be sure what the pests are but they might be aphids. In this case, my first defense would be to simply hose off the plant, washing the insects off the top and undersides of the leaves, focusing especially on the new growth. Do this in the morning so the foliage dries quickly in the sun. Try doing this every morning for a few days. If that doesn't control the outbreak, try spraying with insecticidal soap.
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July 8th, 2009
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What is the best method to kill yard insects (spiders, earwigs, beetles, ants)? I own cats & a dog.
by Manage My Life 
July 28th, 2008
ERIN HYNES
Insects are part of a complex ecosystem that keeps populations of any one insect from getting out of control. Even if there were a safe way to kill all of them en masse -- which there is not -- I'd advise against it.

You can manage earwig populations somewhat by getting rid of their hiding places, such as little piles of dead leaves.
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July 29th, 2008
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