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We have a large infestation of flea beetles, centralized in our garden. There are millions of the beetles. We put 1000 ladybugs out last night. The garden is approximately 60x100 ft. Do we need more lady bugs or is there another approach to kill these beetles?

What kind of exotic fruit trees can i grow here? Where is the best place to get them and other fruit trees?

Where can I get some of the tansy flea beetles ? We used these many years ago and they did an incredible job. I do have some of the cinnabar larva present but they never start working early enough to prevent the plants from going to seed. The neighboring property has an enormous tansy...

An Extension specialist in NW Portland identified my spiders as Hobos 3-4 years ago. Since then, their August mating routes have brought them into my house at an annual rate that has increased substantially, and I want to eradicate them / their nests so I can relax in my home. IS IT POSSIBLE...

We have been trying to attract swallows back to our neighborhood, and after 15 years we have a nesting pair in our yard. We have noticed sparrows trying to evict our family of swallows. The babies have not yet fledged, and we are concerned. What can we do?

Long story, but we're using dried navy beans (purchased from the grocery store) as pea-shooter ammunition in the back yard. It's lots of fun (with safety goggles), but I'm afraid all these beans will germinate somewhere in the fall/spring, and then I'll have a mess in my back yard. Is...

I am trying to assess whether my exterminator is giving me accurate information about termite activity in Central Oregon. I am a new home owner of a house built in 1936. Termite activity was discovered during inspection and the exterminator sprayed. 2 months later we found a live termite...

I have had many odd encounters with spiders in my lifetime. The oddest however was in my car. I watched a spider of the small jumping kind crawl up from the floor board, across the dash and onto my steering wheel column. It then climbed out to the end of the steering wheel column,...

Found in numerous places in our garden. Is it poisonous? Would like some additional info. Understand that it is rare.

Can you help me save my Aspen tree? The lower branches turned black which I cut off. Holes in trunk at ground level. Gouges/Scratches at approx 6' above ground level.