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4/27/2011
“Bed bugs” are small nocturnal insects that feed on blood. Here are some tips for keeping them out of your home, and for getting rid of them--without using toxic pesticides/insecticides--if they do show up.
6/23/2011
Yellow jackets can pose a threat to honeybees. If yellow jackets have built a nest in your yard, here's a recipe for a natural, non-toxic solution that will get rid of them. Please share your own recommendations too!
7/6/2011
Bird-X, Inc., a leader in producing humane pest and bird repellent products since 1964, is raising the bar even higher for the pest control industry, offering ‘green’ solutions for every pest and bird problem.
10/11/2010
A 100 % non-toxic wood treatment/wood preservative.
7/30/2008
Blister beetles can be picked up fairly easily; just remember to wear gloves!
5/12/2009
Sharp-eyed guineas are among the most useful of all farm fowl for control of crop-damaging insects. Essential to the author’s squash bug control project is ElectroNet (electric net fencing), which he uses to make a perimeter around the squash plot. A small moveable pasture shelter is provided inside the net — in which the guineas roost at night, or find shade or shelter from rain.
10/8/2010
Don't worry about mole damage any longer; here's a nontoxic method of keeping them away!
5/9/2012
Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is a safe, effective, organic pest control you can use to kill spiders.
9/15/2010
Take our Pest Control Survey and read the feedback of hundreds of gardeners that have already taken the survey. Get region-specific advice about the most common garden pests and the best organic control options.
10/8/2010
Squish the squash bugs in your garden with different methods from our experts.
11/5/2010
Keep spiders and other crawling bugs out of your house by using a nontoxic pest control: diatomaceous earth.
6/22/2009
You can control damage caused by carpenter bees with these nontoxic methods.
8/17/2009
A list of weapons to fight those evil chiggers!
1/12/2009
Here's a simple method for getting rid of ground wasps or yellow jackets without toxic chemicals.
8/29/2011
Many snakes are actually helpful around the homestead because they hunt rats, mice and other small rodents. But if you have a snake problem, a terrier can help keep them under control.
1/17/2011
Brown marmorated stink bugs have quickly become an invasive insect in the Unites States. Find out how to indentify the stink bugs, control stink bugs in your garden and rid them from your home.
9/9/2009
Help our readers solve garden pest problems without resorting to the use of chemical pesticides.
11/4/2011
MOTHER EARTH NEWS wins two exciting accolades at FOLIO’s Eddie Awards, one for their article Organic Pest Control: What Works, What Doesn’t and one for their Vegetable Garden Planner tool.
1/26/2011
Grow organic fruit trees and harvest bug-free, chemical-free fruit by covering your fruit with homemade bags made from row cover. Use row cover bags as an alternative to plastic bags. Row cover bags are more effective and have fewer issues than plastic bags.
7/30/2008
Japanese beetles feed for six to eight weeks, and in that time, they are able to feed on over 300 plant species. Although collecting beetles may seem like an exhausting every day task, you're plants will appreciate it.
8/9/2013
Learn how to create a yoga studio that enhances your practice and your health.
5/10/2013
I can deal with a lot of things- floods, frosts, Japanese beetles, but one thing I can't stand is fire ants. Living in the north for a good portion of my life, I was close to unaware of their existence until I moved to the south. Then, everywhere I looked in my yard I saw the same thing; enormous mounds of orange clay filled with irritating stinging ants.
8/9/2013
Find out how to protect your hives and honeycomb from wax moths without using chemicals.
8/27/2013
Learn to think differently and you can grow a garden without breaking the bank.
11/3/2008
Goats are a great way to get rid of weed problems while also reducing the use of chemicals and fossil fuels.
6/9/2008
Learn to deal with cabbage worms through organic methods.
7/5/2013
Get rid of fire ants — without using heavy-duty chemical pesticides — with these tips for fire ant control.
6/20/2014
TEETER PONG! live mouse traps provide a humane solution for removing mice from your home.
6/6/2014
Learn how to make a scarecrow from scrap materials that moves and makes noise to keep deer, squirrels, rabbits and crows out of the garden.
2/3/2014
How to acquire bat guano.
1/31/2014
The best rat trap I have ever owned.
7/30/2014
Discover the best mosquito traps to use in your yard. Improving your mosquito control will ensure that you can enjoy your summer evenings outdoors.
3/24/2014
Fly season is upon us. Here are some helpful and easy hints to control those buzzing beasts at your homestead this year.
9/24/2011
Discover some of the properties of essential oils, along with some tips for cleaning with them.
4/21/2014
Be sure to contact the Environmental Protection Agency and the Poison Control Center, as well as seek medical attention after experiencing pesticide drift.
9/1/2008
Check out this expert advice for keeping an organic garden pest-free.
12/21/2011
How one rural county without animal control regulations or a public pet shelter is working to make a better community for all residents — both humans and their companions.
6/29/2011
A ladybug reminds us to pause, take a look around, and appreciate our surroundings.
8/5/2010
Keep your pet safe by learning the dangers posed by certain flea- and tick-control products.
7/27/2012
As you can guess from their name, cabbage worms primarily attack plants in the cabbage family, but are not exclusively cabbage feeders.
2/8/2013
Learn how to rotate crops with this helpful crop rotation video.
8/14/2008
Forget pesticides or kerosene. Instead, smother badly placed yellow jacket nests with a translucent cover.
2/1/2009
Find out what your options are for getting orange Asian lady beetles out of your house.
1/20/2014
A recipe for a grease patty that doesn't use hydrogenated oils.
2/24/2014
Fleas and ticks can bring severe itching, allergic reactions, discomfort, and even serious diseases (such as lyme disease) to your pets, so it’s important to protect your pets from them. However, studies have found that many common flea and tick control/treatment products aren’t just toxic to those bugs; they can actually poison your pets, as well. Find out which ingredients and products to avoid, and some safer alternatives to use.
8/7/2012
Giving your ornamental and vegetable garden a thorough cleaning in midsummer not only leaves the landscape looking better, but can help prevent damage from diseases and pests by removing the conditions in which they thrive.
7/1/2013
These sources can help you locate organic and other natural options for plants, seeds, and weed and pest control products.
11/15/2011
Cover crops are grown between planting seasons as a way to give back to the soil what cultivation takes from it. And cover crops aren’t just for large-scale growers—they can help you get the most out of your backyard vegetable garden too!
1/26/2012
Advancing their commitment to helping homeowners protect their lawns and gardens from damage caused by moles, Sweeney's, a leader in DIY pest control products, introduces the Deadset MoleTrap.
9/14/2011
Rachel gets a scare with Daisy the goat - is it bottle jaw or something else? A trip to the vet provides some lessons.
10/28/2008
University of Florida entomologist Russell Mizell investigated ways to attract stink bugs to trap crops rather than cash crops—with great success. His experience can help you learn how to design trap crop scenarios of your own. 
6/24/2012
A birdbath in the garden does much more than a birdfeeder. Attract birds to the garden with water, and they will help with pest control, soil aeration, and much more as they get the water they need for drinking and grooming. Wasps love a drink too.
9/16/2008
Learn how bats can be beneficial for organic farmers, dramatically reducing the need for costly and harmful pesticides.
12/2/2011
This spring when the pests arrive in your garden try this radical strategy - Do nothing!
7/27/2011
Basil is at its best during hot summertime weather. Pick it, wash it and make it into appetizing, healthy pesto!
11/28/2011
For those of us who hate to use chemicals in our gardens, in our homes, or with our livestock and pets, diatomaceous earth may be a safe and efficient substitute. It may worm your animals, rid them of fleas and lice and even handle indoor pests.
8/26/2013
The victim of a spray drift incident often finds him or herself on the defensive.
11/19/2013
The many problems associated with recognizing, treating and reporting pesticide drift exposures.
6/22/2010
Identify the animal tracks and footprints of the critters who visit your garden and yard.
5/30/2013
Tired of pests? Here are five tips for knocking ‘em back without resorting to pesticides and toxic chemicals.
2/15/2011
British scientists have found that many pesticides--including those commonly found in food and 16 that were previously considered safe--disrupt male hormones.
7/24/2008
Want to know more about the food at your farmers market? Here's some advice from the farmers themselves.
7/13/2009
Concerned about pesticides in your food? The Pesticide Action Network’s online database helps you understand which carcinogens and pesticides are present in 89 common foods.
1/29/2014
A MOTHER EARTH NEWS reader survey turned up some interesting findings about stink bugs, imported pests that have now been spotted in 35 states.
3/13/2013
What is Pesticide Drift? “Pesticide drift” is the movement of a pesticide through the air away from the intended target. You might actually see the drift in the form of a mist. You may smell it. But it can be invisible and odorless. The spray may be applied from the back of a tractor — referred to as a “rig.” Or it may be applied from a spray plane or helicopter.
5/22/2013
A new danger faces unborn babies and children, as exposure to pesticides increases the risk of brain tumors and other cancer-related illnesses.
2/19/2013
Leafy greens are among the most nutritious foods you can eat, but what if they contain systemic pesticides like imidacloprid? New pesticides that are taken up by plants mean there may be pesticides in food crops like collards and kale, not just on the surface.
7/7/2011
Cam battles with scarabs in his raspberry patch.
7/9/2013
Survivalist Gardener Rick Austin offers natural and long-lasting tips for repelling pests and insects in gardens hidden in the forest.
12/24/2013
Pennsylvania is under federal quarantine due to the threat of Emerald Ash Borers. Raising awareness and getting the facts are important. However, getting to the root of the problem may be as simple as supporting local food systems.
4/4/2011
The urge to eliminate clutter and create space for ourselves is a healthy sign of self-respect. Why, then, is it so darn hard?
1/19/2013
We all have a rule book inscribed in our minds that dictates how we and others should act. Though handy at times, it often becomes a liability, a huge liability. See why in this blog and what you can do about it.
6/17/2013
Like many things in nature, the catalpa tree and worm have a special one-on-one relationship.
4/23/2013
This post outlines the process when an inspector from your state regulatory agency visits your property to view pesticide damage.
3/8/2013
According to a German and Swiss scientific report, terrestrial pesticide exposure may be a cause of the globally declining amphibian population.
6/4/2013
The Verdict discusses two possible findings of your spray drift incident after the State Enforcement Agency inspects your property.
5/14/2013
This installment explains what complainants might encounter during the time between the State’s pesticide drift inspection and the results of this inspection.
4/15/2013
Reporting Pesticide Drift outlines the steps you should take to report a pesticide incident to your state enforcement agency.
10/16/2013
What it means to stick up for yourself when you experience pesticide drift.
6/4/2014
How to report application violations of herbicide abuse.
8/3/2010
Basil is a versatile herb that can be used for companion planting, bee forage, year-round herb as well as delicious pesto.
7/15/2013
Learn how to pinch back basil tops for a particularly bushy plant, then make delicious pesto with your harvest.
11/6/2012
Are organic foods healthier? In the wake of a media frenzy revolving a “study” by Stanford University claiming to answer this question, many people were left wondering. Benefits of organic food go beyond the vitamin content: The overwhelming amounts and types of pesticides in our food play a major role in many shoppers’ decision to go organic.   
6/28/2011
The dangers of bud nip (Chlorpropham) and the effects of chemical herbicides on the food you're eating come to light in a potato project conducted by a smart, young lady.
4/13/2012
Learn why systemic neonicotinoid pesticides widely used to grow corn are one of the reasons so many honeybees and other pollinators are dying.
5/1/2014
Is rotenone organic? The Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) sorts out that complicated question about a pesticide being used on some organic farms.
8/8/2013
The different emotions you may experience as you deal with Pesticide Drift on your property or your person.
1/5/2011
The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) has approved the use of methyl iodide, a pesticide toxic to humans, for application to strawberry fields. Methyl iodide is recognized as a carcinogen that can also cause late term miscarriage and permanent neurological damage. Scientists agree that farmers cannot safely use the pesticide, and a concerned coalition has formed to persuade Governor Brown to put a moratorium on the use of methyl iodide.  
1/22/2011
We may find it overwhelming to know where to begin in teaching others to eat healthily. People attempting to eat healthier find it difficult to know where to begin. "The Dirty Dozen" fruits and vegetables gives us all a place to start.
8/8/2008
It's hard to get rid of cicadas. But the cicada killer wasps they attract are nothing to worry about.
1/14/2012
The good, the bad and the ugly of a nice mild winter and its effects on the homestead in 2012.
4/20/2009
Help us determine if a mixture of coffee grounds and eggshells can protect your cabbages from pest damage.
4/24/2014
Organic gardeners often need to remove mammal pests such as groundhogs and raccoons. Like many, I use live traps. How to deal with a skunk you accidentally catch, without getting sprayed?
7/27/2012
The author of STAND UP AND GARDEN discusses why it is safe to can and otherwise preserve produce that's grown in an environment in which pesticides are used.
3/21/2014
Absolute Bird Control offers a few easy to implement tips for deterring swallows from nesting on, or near, your home.
9/9/2008
Here are some good options for free, weed-free mulches.
7/9/2012
A university study found that two commercial deer repellents are nearly as good as a fence.
10/10/2008
Jacobs Farm in Santa Cruz, Calif. was recently awarded $1 million in damages for lost income due to pesticide drift.
7/12/2013
Learn how to request your “closed” complete pesticide complaint file from the State agency through the Freedom of Information Act.
3/3/2011
I got first bee removal call of the year yesterday. It’s a bit early, but hey, I won’t complain. The woman said that she thought there were three colonies in her wall.
11/30/2011
How potentially dangerous chemicals are tested and are they really that safe for humans or not.
9/19/2012
Consumer Reports has stated that it recently found arsenic in food, The United States' rice supply is contaminated with this "group 1" carcinogenic.
11/29/2010
Simran Sethi writes about the importance of eco-friendly mattresses, bed frames, and bedding.
2/14/2012
One of our most common grasses is limiting the bobwhite quail population, killing broodmares and their foals, rotting cow hooves, and cutting milk production.
7/24/2008
Couldn’t we create a sustainable healthy planet just because we decided to?
6/2/2011
Pick the right dandelion weeder, and ridding your lawn and garden of dandelions becomes more game than chore. Here we hightlight three popular models: the Oswego Grandpa’s Weeder, the Fiskars Triple Claw Weeder and the Garden Weasel Weedpopper Step and Twist.
9/6/2011
Enormous obstacles form a barrier that effectively blocks our view of the future. Even if we dream up a beautiful and abundant vision for our future, can we see the path from where we are today to that future past these big obstacles?
3/2/2011
Learn how to kill nutsedge, both yellow (Cyperus esculentus) and purple (Cyperus rotundus), and remove it from your garden. Pine bark mulch may be one effective way to kill nutlets from yellow nutsedge.
12/4/2013
Safely eliminate mice in your home with these house mouse control tips.
2/20/2009
Managing Cover Crops Profitably, 3rd Edition, is now available in print and by download from the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program. Learn how to make your soil perform at its very best!
10/27/2008
Check out Annie B. Bond's list of 11 easy tips for making your kitchen more healthy and safe, from Care2.
12/12/2012
A new study has uncovered a link between food and environmental allergies and chemicals found in pesticides, herbicides and other agricultural products and drinking water.     
5/29/2012
Summit Mosquito Bits®, a popular biological control that kills mos¬quito larvae, is now also approved for the control of fungus gnats.
4/26/2010
The very first thing I did after closing on my new house was meet with an expert in natural methods for eliminating brown recluse spiders.
5/8/2009
As H1N1 (also known as "swine flu") continues to spread, people are taking a variety of precautions to avoid catching or spreading the virus — from being more diligent about washing hands to cancelling long-awaited vacations. Tell us what you're doing, and find out more about H1N1 and how you can stay informed and healthy. 
2/15/2012
Dealing with insects in your garden is inevitable. It’s just a matter of when it happens. Just because you have some critters munching on your food doesn’t mean that you have to break out the chemicals.
7/16/2013
After a long trial-and-error process, Ilene White Freedman finally found a sustainable, weed-suppressing mulching system for her farm.
12/6/2013
In Part One of this post, Jan Dohner explained how the different livestock guard dog breeds were developed and introduces us to their differences in style of work, temperament and other behaviors. In parts two and three, we take a brief look at some of the more common LGD breeds available in North America.
7/16/2014
A blog post calling for voluntary population control.
7/15/2011
One small brown bat can eat several thousand insects each night. Install a bat house and invite them to feast in your yard.
8/9/2010
Simran Sethi comes to terms with getting rid of the mouse in her home.
8/2/2010
Simran Sethi balances her love of nature with her fear of mice in her home.
8/27/2008
We have three big challenges confronting us: preserving our habitat, controlling our population and reforming our economic systems.
2/11/2013
Although the Centers for Disease Control has launched a vigorous nationwide public health campaign urging everyone, particularly elderly and vulnerable people, to get vaccinated against the flu, some researchers disagree with the message.
12/5/2008
Round two of three international conferences to determine new emissions standards for the next Kyoto Protocol meets this week and next week in Poznan, Poland.  
5/31/2012
Organic is a phrase that’s tossed around and abused a lot by marketers these days. Not all “organic” products should be treated equally.
12/28/2011
Can party technology teach you about energy savings and even the theory behind electric cars? It sure can if you follow this simple video tutorial on pulse width modulation.
8/28/2008
Brown rot is a serious disease of peaches, plums, and other stone fruits. For organic gardeners, spraying at-risk fruits with a milk solution can give good control.
7/3/2008
Try these organic techniques to help prevent tomato early blight.
5/2/2014
Monsanto's Roundup Ready system transformed typical weed problems into a national superweed crisis, only healthy farms can correct the damage done.
1/24/2011
We will discuss how the Earth overcomes the increasing solar radiation from the Sun to maintain a stable temperature for life (Gaia Hypothesis). The role anthropogenic forces will also be discussed.
1/25/2013
Launching Anna's new E book on cover crops in a no till garden and talking about the recent power failure that prompted us to do some Off Grid Homesteading which taught us a few lessons on using golf cart batteries for supplemental lighting.
5/17/2011
Bird-X's new Bed Bug Alert is a business card-size device that can be slipped under a mattress or into any tight spot to attract and trap bed bugs--alerting you to a problem before it's too late.
3/13/2013
A 3-part series on sustainable comfort systems for heating and cooling homes using passive solar design, solar electric power, system controllers and newly popular heat pump technology.


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