Pesticides and Bees, a Lethal Combination

In the United States, pesticides, alone and in combination with other environmental factors have had a terrible effect on honeybees and other pollinators.  Many pesticides found in lawn and garden products and agricultural settings are known to be harmful to bees, some outright killing them, and others with a more subtle effect that reduces the bees’ ability to survive.

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When pesticides, especially neonicotinoid pesticides, are introduced in a garden or agricultural setting, worker bees abandon the hive and leave the queen all by herself, causing the colony to collapse. Studies at Penn State University have shown more than 120 similar pesticides that have also contaminated hives. While none of the samples by themselves were toxic enough to harm the bees, the combination was lethal.

Without bees, our entire agricultural system and food supply is put at risk. Not to mention the smaller ecosystems within our own yards and gardens. The most frustrating part is that we already know how to solve this problem. We must learn how to live without toxic pesticides and chemicals.

A good first step in this process is to eliminate toxic chemicals, especially neonicitinoid pesticides, from our gardens.

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Anti-Pest-O is an all-natural plant pest repellent (certified by MOFGA, the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardener’s Association) that effectively repels garden pests without any harmful effects on bees. The three active ingredients in Anti-Pest-O are fresh Habanero pepper, fresh garlic and Azadirachtin, the active ingredient in Neem Tree Seeds. The other two ingredients in Anti-Pest-O are Habanero pepper and garlic which work together to make the plant as unpleasant to the predator as anything can be. These three, working together, will rid the growing area, inside or out, of pests virtually overnight. It is highly effective on whitefly, aphids, spider mites, thrips and so many more – but is safe for bees.

Try it today and watch your garden (and bees!) thrive.

Anti-Pest-O is available at your local Lowes, Whole Foods and Master Garden Nursery Centers.


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Stop Aphids Before They Destroy Your Spinach

Aphids are the most common pest that you will encounter in your spinach patch. Leafminers, slugs, snails, beetles and cutworms may also show up for a spinach party in your garden, but don’t let that deter you from growing the tasty green vegetable.

Spinach is easy to grow, quick to harvest, grows well in cool weather and even enjoys a little shade. Combine that with all the vitamins and nutrients spinach provides and it’s a must-grow garden vegetable. The best type of defense against these common spinach pests is to protect the plants against invaders with an early application of a natural pest control product.

Pest Infestation Signs

Small, deformed plant leaves indicate aphids are sucking the sap out of each plant. Leafminers will leave meandering tan trials in the leaves. Slugs and snails leave holes in the leaves and a sticky residue trail. Beetles feed on the tender young spinach plants and cutworms cut the plants off at the soil level.

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How to Prevent and Repel Spinach Pests

It’s time for a treatment with a natural pest control that will repel insects from plants the instant you notice any plant damage or pest infestation. Use a safe, effective, non-toxic plant pest repellent, like Anti-Pest-O, on all spinach plants. Anti-Pest-O is a bio-pesticide that effectively kills plant pests with natural ingredients and is safe.

Anti-Pest-O has been certified for use in organic gardening by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA).

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Anti-Pest-O uses a combination of natural ingredients, including garlic, habanero peppers and Neem oil to repel aphids as well as leafminers, slugs, snails, cutworms, whiteflies, Japanese beetles, spider mites, ants and many other pests.

 

Find it at Lowes, Whole Foods or a Master Garden Nursery Center near you.


How to Stop Aphids From Destroying Your Asparagus

Asparagus is one of those rare garden vegetables that you can plant once and harvest for the next 20 years. Most of the work required for growing asparagus has to do with the working of the soil, but the perennial garden vegetable does have a couple above-ground pest enemies. Aphids, asparagus beetles and Japanese beetles can quickly destroy an asparagus bed unless you protect the perennial vegetable with an early application of a natural pest control product.

Signs of Asparagus Aphids

Aphids have tiny bodies that resemble a grain of rice and are a bluish-green color, making them very difficult to see on a spear of asparagus. The aphids congregate and feed right where the needles attach to the petioles on each spear. The tiny aphids inject toxins into the asparagus and lay their eggs in the soil at the base of each plant so they return year after year until the asparagus crop is wiped out.

How to Prevent and Repel Asparagus Aphids

Inspect a few asparagus spears right where the needles meet the petioles. If you notice any aphids or plant deformities it’s time for a treatment with a natural pest control that will repel the aphids from the plants and surrounding soil.

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A safe, effective, non-toxic plant pest repellent, like Anti-Pest-O, will rid the asparagus plot of aphids, asparagus beetles and Japanese beetles. Anti-Pest-O is a bio-pesticide that effectively repels asparagus pests with natural ingredients and is safe.

Anti-Pest-O has been certified for use in organic gardening by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA). Anti-Pest-O uses a combination of natural ingredients, including garlic, habanero peppers and Neem oil to repel aphids as well as whiteflies, Japanese beetles, spider mites, ants and many other pests.

Find it at Lowes, Whole Foods or a Master Garden Nursery Center near you.


Prevent Pests From Destroying Your Lettuce

Lettuce is a fast growing garden vegetable that can be grown twice a year in the home garden. This cool season vegetable does well for an early spring and late summer crop, if you prevent pests from destroying it. Caterpillars do their destructive work so secretly, the lettuce head will look perfect on the outside while the caterpillar is destroying the head from the inside out. Aphids, leafhoppers and maggots are also enemies of garden lettuce and an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure when it comes to growing garden lettuce.

Lettuce aphids, Nasonovia ribisnigri, infesting a lettuce leaf. Photo by Yong-Biao Liu.

Signs of Lettuce Pests

Caterpillars begin feeding on the lettuce crown inside the plant and hidden from view by the plant leaves. Aphids and maggots attack the tender seedlings. Leafhoppers and beetles chew away at developing lettuce leaves at all stages of the plant’s life. If left undetected and untreated, these lettuce pests will destroy your early or late season crop of lettuce.

How to Prevent and Repel Lettuce Pests

Daily plant inspection is key to staying one step ahead of all garden pests. If you notice any pests or their evidence on your lettuce, it’s time for a treatment with a natural pest control that will repel insects from plants.apo-products

Apply a safe, effective, non-toxic plant pest repellent, like Anti-Pest-O, on all heads of lettuce to repel all types of pests. Anti-Pest-O is a bio-pesticide that effectively kills lettuce pests with natural ingredients and is safe.

 

Anti-Pest-O has been certified for use in organic gardening by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA).

 

Anti-Pest-O uses a combination of natural ingredients, including garlic, habanero peppers and Neem oil to repel aphids as well as leafhoppers, caterpillars, beetles, whiteflies, Japanese beetles, spider mites, ants and many other pests.

Find it at Lowes, Whole Foods or a Master Garden Nursery Center near you.


Anti-Pest-O Featured in Portland Press Herald

After years of working as a botanist in the perfume industry, Anti-Pest-O creator Jim White was sick of being sick. The plant pesticides he was working with day in and day out were killing the bugs on his flowers, but they were slowly killing him, too. From headaches, to rashes to frequent virus like illnesses – he knew something was not right. When he couldn’t find a non-toxic alternative that actually worked, he decided to create one himself. A few years later, Anti-Pest-O was born – an effective and natural solution for controlling pests in the garden without harsh chemicals.

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Recently a reporter from the Portland Press Herald’s “Source” publication decided to give Anti-Pest-O a try. Here’s what she had to say:

“On a trial at Source’s test garden – OK, this reporter’s flower beds – the Anti-Pest-O, which does smell vaguely and pleasantly of an Italian deli, drove the aphids off echinacea…”

Read the full review from the Portland Press Herald, and learn more about how Anti-Pest-O works here.

Anti-Pest-O is now available in Maine at Lowe’s Home Improvement Centers, Whole Foods, Allen Sterling and Lothrop, Goodwill Industries Retail Stores and select Garden Centers in the state. In the Northeast it is available at Lowe’s Home Improvement Centers, Whole Foods and select affiliated Master Nursery Garden Centers.


Petunias

Petunia Pest Prevention Tips

The trailing fragrant petunia is beautiful at home in a container or when planted in-ground. A garden favorite because of its easy-care nature, versatile growing habits, multitude of bloom colors and fragrance – petunias are hard to beat for an annual flower. These healthy, vigorously growing plants are mostly disease resistant, but when pests do bother them, an application of a natural pest control product will repel the pests so the petunia can remain healthy.

Pest Signs

Mites, caterpillars and leafminers are the three most common pests that attack petunias. Stunted foliage and premature bud and flower drop indicate a mite infestation. Small, green tobacco budworms feed on the buds and flower petals, leaving behind their telltale seed-like droppings.

Tobacco Budworm

Leafminers are tiny black and yellow flies that tunnel their way into the leaves and give them a stippled appearance. Infested and disfigured portions of the plant will need to be pruned away to encourage healthy plant growth after applying a natural pest repellent.

How to Prevent and Repel Petunia Pests

If your petunias display any of the above mentioned symptoms of pest infestation, it’s time for a treatment with a natural pest control product. Choose a safe, effective, non-toxic plant pest repellent, like Anti-Pest-O, that is safe to use on petunias and is safe for the environment.

AntiPestO Natural Plant Pest Repellent

Anti-Pest-O is a biopesticide that effectively repels plant pests with natural ingredients and is safe for the environment. Anti-Pest-O has been certified for use on organic gardens by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA). Anti-Pest-O uses a combination of natural ingredients, including garlic, habanero peppers and Azadirachtin, the active ingredient in Neem oil, to repel aphids as well as whiteflies, Japanese beetles, spider mites, ants and many other pests.

Find it at Lowes, Whole Foods or a Master Garden Nursery Center near you.

 


Canna Lilly

Prevent Pests From Ruining Your Canna Lillies

Canna lilies are cool weather tropical plants. While that may sound like an oxymoron, it just means that cannas are tropical plants, but will also grow well in regions that have mild winters. The large leaves of the cannas give them a tropical look and their easy-care growing habits make them suitable for any flower garden. Canna lilies are hearty plants and resist most diseases, but they do have a few pests that enjoy the taste of their leaves. Apply a dose of natural pest control before pests ruin your canna lilies.

Canna Lily Pests

Japanese beetles, potato aphids, canna leafroller caterpillars, celery leaftier and cucumber beetles are the primary garden pests that love to eat and make their home on the leaves of cannas.

The leafroller will roll itself up in the end of a leaf and sew itself inside, using their own silk. Holes of various sizes will show up scattered across the plants leaves to indicate the presence of other pests.

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How to Prevent and Repel Canna Pests

If canna leaves begin looking tattered, holey or have a few edges rolled up and sewn shut, it’s time for a treatment with a natural pest control that will repel all insects from the plants. A safe, effective, non-toxic plant pest repellent, like Anti-Pest-O, is safe to use on canna lilies and is safe for the environment.

Anti-Pest-O is a biopesticide that effectively repels plant pests with natural ingredients and is safe for the environment.

AntiPestO Natural Plant Pest Repellent

Anti-Pest-O has been certified for use on organic gardens by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA). Anti-Pest-O uses a combination of natural ingredients, including garlic, habanero peppers and Azadirachtin, the active ingredient in Neem oil, to repel aphids as well as whiteflies, Japanese beetles, spider mites, ants and many other pests.

 Find it at Lowes, Whole Foods or a Master Garden Nursery Center near you.


Mums

Stop Spider Mites From Munching on Your Mums

Chrysanthemums, affectionately called ‘mums’ for short, take the spotlight in the fall. As the star floral attraction that signals the end of summer and beginning of autumn, these lovely flowers often fall prey to hungry spider mites. Spider mites can quickly discover and begin munching on your mums unless you take preventive steps and protect your fall perennials from becoming the final meal of the season for spider mites.

Spider Mites Signs

Spider mites are small-bodied pests that are brown or yellow in color. These chrysanthemum pests will suck the sap out of the mum plant and leave the plant without enough life-giving sap to sustain it. Consequently, the plant will become twisted, leaves will curl and turn yellow and if the mum is able to bloom, blooms will be small and sparse. The best way to have healthy, beautiful blooms in the fall is by preventing spider mites from munching on your mums with an application of a natural pest control.

Spider Mites

How to Prevent and Repel Spider Mites

As soon as the chrysanthemum plant is 6 inches tall (or you bring it home from the nursery in a container), it’s time for a treatment with a natural pest control that will repel insects from plants. Use a safe, effective, non-toxic plant pest repellent, like Anti-Pest-O, that is safe to use on all plants.

Anti-Pest-O is a biopesticide that effectively repels plant pests with natural ingredients and is safe for the environment. Anti-Pest-O has been certified for use on organic gardens by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA). Anti-Pest-O uses a combination of natural ingredients, including garlic, habanero peppers and Azadirachtin, the active ingredient in Neem oil, to repel aphids as well as whiteflies, Japanese beetles, spider mites, ants and many other pests.

Find it at Lowes, Whole Foods or a Master Garden Nursery Center near you.


Black Eye Susan

How to Stop Aphids From Eating Your Black Eye Susans

Black Eye Susans are aptly named for their ‘black eye’ surrounded by bright yellow petals. A long-time garden favorite because of their easy-care and disease-resistant nature, even these beauties have one main pest enemy. The aphid is the only natural enemy that Black Eye Susans have and the plants need human intervention in order to fend off these sap-sucking pests. Protect your crop of Black Eye Susans with an application of a natural pest control product early in their growth cycle.

Signs of Aphids

When Black Eye Susans become infested with aphids, their leaves will begin to turn grayish-black and curl on the ends. Blooms will become smaller and fewer in number, with bloom petals falling off prematurely.

The aphids look like tiny grains of green or brown rice and often hide on the underside of leaves or in the leaf curls where they can suck plant sap unnoticed.

Aphid

How to Prevent and Repel Aphids

If Black Eye Susans are showing signs of distress or if aphids have been spotted on the plants, it’s time for a treatment with a natural pest control to get rid of the aphids. A safe, effective, non-toxic plant pest repellent, like Anti-Pest-O, will get rid of existing aphids or prevent an infestation to start with.

Anti-Pest-O is a biopesticide that effectively repels plant pests with natural ingredients and is safe for the environment.

AntiPestO Natural Plant Pest Repellent

Anti-Pest-O has been certified for use on organic gardens by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA). Anti-Pest-O uses a combination of natural ingredients, including garlic, habanero peppers and Azadirachtin, the active ingredient in Neem oil, to repel aphids as well as whiteflies, Japanese beetles, spider mites, ants and many other pests.

Find it at Lowes, Whole Foods or a Master Garden Nursery Center near you.