Living With Bugs.com
Whether you're simply curious about creepy crawlies or have an established population of insects you'd like to control, Living With Bugs.com is a great site to explore. Developed by retired Oregon State University entomologist Jack DeAngelis and his wife Elizabeth, a former horticulture inspector for Oregon State Department of Agriculture, LivingWithBugs.com contains a wealth of information about common landscape and structural pests. There are photos to help you identify pests, and each is thoroughly profiled. You'll learn about their life cycles, potential for damage, common host plants, and control recommendations.
Both chemical and IPM control strategies are included for each pest, but the common sense approach to using the most effective, least toxic method based upon the pest's life cycle and its potential for damage is emphasized.
This site contains useful links, including the EPA-sponsored National Pesticide Information Center, a page describing essential pest management tools, a seasonal calendar, and book recommendations for additional reading. If, after exploring this site, you cannot determine which pest is bugging your plants, you can submit a question or, for a fee, send your plant specimen in for expert diagnosis.
Clever Gardening Technique
Winter Garden Stake Storage
To keep garden stakes neatly organized, store them in tall 30- or 36-inch clay chimney flue tiles. The rectangular tiles work best because they tuck into corners and fit tightly side by side. As you gather up your stakes in the fall, sort them by size and material. Next spring, they be easily at hand when you need them.