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Cutworms only take a few bites out of new transplants, which doesn’t seem like it would do much harm, except that those bites are at ground level. Attacked seedlings topple over, dead. Don’t confuse this damage with damping-off disease, which is caused by a fungus that also attacks at the soil line, but usually affects only very young, newly sprouted seedlings.

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Leaves perforated with small holes are a sure indicator of flea beetles, who especially like the leaves of cabbage, arugula, tomatoes and eggplants. The beetle itself is tiny, shiny and black, and will hop away as you approach it.

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There are all-in-one fruit fly traps you can buy and set out. These are nontoxic because they use technology to bait, trap and banish fruit flies from your home without using poison. They can be expensive, but they get the job done. There are also disposable fruit fly traps on the market that don’t use toxic chemicals. There are also sticky stake traps that you can put in your houseplants. They attract and trap fruit flies, mites, mosquitoes and other pests and can be used inside or outside.

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As your produce ripens and begins to rot, fruit flies are attracted to it and lay up to 500 eggs on the surface of the food. When the eggs hatch and become larvae, they are officially an infestation and continue to feed on the fermenting food. The entire egg-to-adult-fly life cycle takes only a week, so your home can seemingly be pest-free one day and infested the next.

Summer is a beautiful time of year to be outside, but all those long walks with Fido might eventually lead to a horrifying discovery—finding fleas jumping around on your couch or carpet. If your dog brings home fleas this year, don’t panic. Just follow these steps to banish them from your home:

Keeping bugs at bay during your backyard summer parties usually involves mosquito repellent coils, plastic lanterns, and plenty of spray, but there is a way to keep mosquitoes away while adding to your patio decor instead of detracting from it. These pretty citronella candle tins repel pesky mosquitoes in style.

With summer comes warm weather barbecues more time playing outside with your kids, but nothing puts a damper on the fun like a big itchy mosquito bite. If you’re tired of spraying on insect repellent only to end up with bites anyway, this backyard mosquito eradicator from Spartan Mosquito is the perfect solution.

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