How to keep your dogs and cats flea-free naturally


Adult fleas spend most of their time in carpets and upholstery, only jumping onto your pets (or you) when reproducing. A female flea needs a drink of blood before she can lay eggs, which are then usually laid directly on the host animal. Flea eggs are round and light-colored. They are not attached to the Read More

Battling mosquitoes while camping


Recently, my family and I went camping at beautiful Maumee Bay State Park near Toledo, Ohio. It was one of those beautifully hot and incredibly humid Ohio summer weekends. I was able to cool off in the lake and ride along the well maintained bike trails near the lake so the humidity didn’t bother me Read More

Finding Colorado Potato Beetles

Colorado Potato Beetle

In chatting with one of the fellow gardeners at the Tipp City Community Gardens, we found little “piggies” all over her potato plants. I call them piggies because I used to rear them in a lab I worked at during my college days (University of Guelph, Ontario Canada). The adult female beetles would lay the Read More

How to get rid of moles and voles

mole hills

Moles and voles are a gardener’s equivalent of horror movie monsters – they pop up when you least expect it, and tend to destroy everything in their paths! These small pests pose a big threat to your garden and aren’t always easy to do away with.

But, if you do have a mole/vole problem, breathe Read More

Keep raspberries free of beetle damage – naturally


BugVibes is strapped to the trellis, shaking off beetles as they arrive.

End result from using Bugvibes organic growing method—beautiful raspberries.

Growing beautiful organic raspberries with no chemicals can be challenging. Virtually anywhere in the eastern 2/3 of the USA where raspberries are grown is plagued by Japanese beetles. I know it sounds Read More

Tackling the Flea Beetle Problem

Flea Beetle Damage

Small “shot holes” in leaves are indicative of flea beetle damage.

A flea beetle can walk, jump and fly, and their size and speed mean that they’re generally pretty stealthy. Unfortunately, they also target almost all vegetable crops and they really wreak havoc on young transplants . You’ll want to know how to look Read More

Battling cucumber beetles

Cucumber Beetle Damage

I was out at the Tipp City Community Gardens yesterday, and saw a handful of cucumber beetles – and it wasn’t long before I saw their handiwork on some of our zucchini plants.

Cucumber beetles are usually yellow with spots or stripes. Striped and spotted beetles actually have slightly different habits, but both eat Read More

Vole Damage on Sweet Potatoes – Video

protect sweet potatoes from voles

A new video from Craig! He shows how to identify vole damage – and how to get rid of the problematic critters.

Fighting nematodes with nematodes

Envy Carrot

One of our researchers at our Research Farm harvested these carrots this past week. She found these nodule-shaped deformations on many of the carrots and asked me to identify the problem. These nodes are caused by Root Knot Nematodes. These are plant parasitic round worms that attack roots of many garden vegetables. They typically cause Read More

Bed bug travelling tips: avoiding hotel hitchhikers

Keep Bedbugs out of Suitcases

Rumors of bed bugs can leave even the most unflappable traveler freaked out – and for good reason! Bed bugs in hotel rooms will typically hide around the bed: in the bed frame, mattress, box spring, in the surrounding furniture, wall trim or electrical outlets. If your hotel room is infested, bed bugs will be Read More