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Newsletter Archives - Articles

Newsletter Archives - Articles

Additional Information About Gardening, Pest Control, & More.

Helpful articles published by ARBICO Organics in our seasonal GoOrganic Newsletters. These articles are being listed here to help our customers and people interested in organic methods gain insight into various gardening and pest control problems and solutions.

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Beetle Mania! Oh no, here we go... the Japanese Beetles (Popillae japonica) have surfaced once again to begin their devastation of the garden. Beautiful little metallic green and copper creatures, just under a half an inch in length, you wouldn’t think they would be state enemy #1! Originally this pesky pest could only be found in states east of the Mississippi, but they have begun showing up in isolated populations as far west as California.
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No Fleas... PLEASE! Some of our most desperate calls here at ARBICO are from customers with fleas, and lots of ’em. With fleas in the house, on us, and our pets, we need a solution that will work fast and keep working. If you are just treating the inside of your home, you’ll keep getting fleas that are moving in from outside. With the right combination of treatments, both inside and out, you’ll win the war against the fleas.
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Get A Jump On Flea Control The colder winter months may not be your favorite part of the year, but most household pets look upon them as the flea free time. Up and coming, whether they like it or not is "flea season."
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Helping Your Houseplants Depending on where you live, tending indoor plants may be the only gardening you can do. While not the same thing as shoveling in the dirt, caring for houseplants can fill the void of the human yearning to nurture.
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Home Orchard Care If your deciduous fruit trees are still dormant, give them a soaking with All Seasons Horticultural and Dormant Spray Oil. Many pests such as aphids, whitefly, scale, and spider mites are best controlled by this wintertime treatment.
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Keeping your Food Scraps out of the Landfill I have become a compulsive composter since I fell in love with our EM Compost Container and EM-Bokashi. This amazing container is made from recycled plastic, holds about 5 gallons of food waste, has an air tight lid, a convenient plastic strainer and spigot, and a handy multi-use cup.
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Mosquitoes and Caterpillars Beware! One of the most successful biocontrol agents on the planet is Bacillus thuringiensis (varieties Bti, Btk and Btt). It is particularly popular this time of year with mosquitoes on the loose, caterpillars munching away and Colorado Potato Beetles that missed the squish patrol.
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One of Your Best Friends in the Garden & Neem Oil Neem Oil is a wonderful thing. It's extracted from the seeds of a tree with a name that chimes like sweet fairy bells in the ears of insect haters across the land, Azadirachta indica.
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Pumpkin Fest! I just had to write to tell you about my experience with a new product from last year— John & Bob’s Soil Optimizer. Last year, my 4 year old son and I decided we would try to grow pumpkins for Halloween instead of buying them at the local grocery store.
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Ticks & Lyme Disease! I have always enjoyed spending time outdoors in nature and with pets. In my twenties, I started to develop physical symptoms such as severe chronic fatigue, headaches, and joint pain. It was not until years later that I realized I was suffering from Lyme Disease, an infection carried by deer ticks.
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Trees For Life - New Tree Care An old family tradition, dating back to before my grandfather was born, was to plant a tree upon moving into a new home. This is still a very popular tradition practiced by my extraordinarily large extended family.
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Worm Free Fruit - With <i>Trichogramma</i> Wasps Ah, those tasty fruits. Apples, peaches, plums, even grapes!...mouth watering jewels of the season. We love such bounty of the earth, and so do those pesky worms! Have no fear. With a little planning you can have a worm free season by using these tiny wasps.
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West Nile Virus Hits Again The West Nile Virus has returned this season. With 265 reported cases and six deaths across the country health officials are concerned. "People should not wait on reports of cases of West Nile in their communities before taking personal precautions. We are all at risk," said Arizona Department of Health Services Director Catherine Eden
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