Category Archives: Animals

Natural Ways to Get Rid of Slugs on Plants

Natural Ways to Get Rid of Slugs on Plants

Slugs are plant-destroying pests that eat ornamental plant leaves, vegetables, flowers, bulbs, shrubs, and fruit. Slugs damage is seen as irregular holes in foliage, stripped vegetation, and dying plants. Soft, slimy black or brown slugs do the most damage in gardens at night, especially when it’s humid.

How to Get Rid of Leaf Miners (With Pictures)

How to Get Rid of Leaf Miners

Leaf miners are larvae of various species of insects that live inside leaves and feed on leaf tissue. Leaf miner damage looks like discolored snaky lines or blotches on leaves that give foliage an unsightly look. Typically, mining larvae don’t kill plants, but feeding on plant tissue causes leaves to look bad and fall off. In severe cases, leaf miner attacks can affect the yield of greenhouse and garden crops as well as fruit trees.

How to Get Rid of Grasshoppers: 11 Natural Ways to Kill Grasshoppers in the Garden

How to Get Rid of Grasshoppers

Grasshoppers are hungry insects that can quickly destroy plants and vegetables in your garden. Although they seem small and insignificant, large numbers of grasshoppers can become garden pests. An invasion of grasshoppers can rapidly munch their way through green vegetable leaves, broadleaf plants, and grasses. Thankfully, there are effective ways to kill grasshoppers in your garden naturally.

Thrips on Plants: Effective Ways to Get Rid of Thrips

Effective Ways to Get Rid of Thrips on Plants

Thrips are tiny, winged insects that do tremendous damage to plants. These common pests feed on the sap and juices of houseplants, garden plants, and greenhouse crops. Thrip infestations can damage plants so much that leaves lose color, and plants eventually die. Thrips are challenging to get rid of. Their pupae lurk in the soil before emerging to feed on plants.

Garden Spiders: Black and Yellow Garden Spider, Brown Spiders and More – Identification Guide (Pictures)

black and yellow garden spider

The garden spider (Argiope aurantia) is a black and yellow spider that is a common sight in late summer. Also named, yellow garden spider, you can identify the garden spider by its yellow and black markings and eight long spindly legs. Garden spider (Argiope aurantia) also has the names zigzag spider, corn spider, zipper spider, Steeler spider, golden garden spider, writing spider, golden orb-weaver, and McKinley spider.

Ants in the Garden – Good or Bad? (and How to Get Rid of Ants)

how to get rid of ants outside

Ants play a beneficial role in a healthy garden’s ecosystem and can be good for gardens – ants tunnel in the ground, helping to aerate the soil and that allows moisture and oxygen to get to plant roots. The small six-legged insects also speed up the decomposition of decaying plant matter, helping to fertilize plants.

Types of Bees and How to Identify Them (Pictures, Names, Identification)

bee identification

Bees are small flying insects, common in summer gardens flying from flower to flower. Most bee species are recognizable by their striped fuzzy bodies—often with black and yellow or orange markings. There are 20,000 species of bees, and the most common – the Western honey bee (Apis mellifera) – is famous for producing honey.

Does a Potato Bug Bite? All the Facts about Potato Bug (Jerusalem Cricket)

Does a Potato Bug Bite? All the Facts about Potato Bug (Jerusalem Cricket)

Potato bug bites aren’t poisonous but they can be very painful and sore. The potato bug is also called Jerusalem cricket or child of the earth bug and it lives in the western United States and Mexico. These nocturnal large insects can get into your home and usually inflict a nasty bite if they feel threatened or cornered.

Types of Animals: Classes, Species, Categories and More

Types of Animals: Classes, Species, Categories and More

There are many different types of animals but no one knows the exact number of animal types. Categorizing all the different types of animals into classes makes it easier to study them and learn more about the animal kingdom. There are six animal classes and every animal in the animal kingdom belongs to one of them. We can also group similar types of animals into orders, families, genera, and species. This also helps to see the relationship between different species and families of animals.

Types of Spiders and How to Identify Them (Pictures, Names, Identification Chart)

Types of Spiders and How to Identify Them (Pictures, Names, Identification Chart)

Many types of spiders can instill fear as they scurry across a room or jump out from a dark corner. Even though most species of common house spiders are harmless animals and don’t bite, few people like seeing them. The most common 8-legged arachnids that live in houses are brown spiders. Among the more than 48,000 species of spiders are black spiders, brown and black spiders, little red spiders, and even white spiders.