Courtesy of カキクダアザミウマ Ponticulothrips diospyros

Thrips (Order Thysanoptera), slender, small insects with fringed wings. Common names include thunderflies, thunderbugs, storm flies, thunderblights, storm bugs, corn flies and corn lice.

Thrips species feed on plants and animals by puncturing and sucking up the internal fluids. Thrips are not good flyers and are generally less than 1mm in length.

Like sheep and deer the name thrips is used for both the singular and plural.

Effective Control Bugs: Ladybug, Pirate Bug, Praying Mantis, Green Lacewing


Aphid – Acyrthosiphon pisum, by Shipher Wu
Courtesy of the Public Library of Science

Green apple aphid (Aphis pomi) – A, adult sexual female; B, adult male; C, young female; D, female laying an egg; E, eggs, which turn from green to black after they are laid – (Enlarged about 20 times)

Small sap-sucking insects, members of the superfamily Aphidoidea.

Aphids are among the most destructive insects for any gardener. Their length varies from 0.4 to .39 inches.

Their natural enemies include aphid midge larvae, crab spiders, hoverfly larvae, lacewings, ladybirds and parasitic wasps.

Effective Control Bugs (they will eat aphids): Ladybug, Pirate Bug, Praying Mantis, Green Lacewing

7 Natural Uses For Baking Soda In The Garden

1. Non-Toxic Fungicide
Mix 4 tsp of baking soda and 1 gallon of water. Use to defend against black spot fungus on roses and to protect grapes and other vine plants upon the first fruits appearing.

2. Spray to Treat and Prevent Powdery Mildew
Combine 1 tbsp baking soda, 1 gallon water, 1 tbsp vegetable oil (any variety), 1 tbsp dish washing liquid. Mix all ingredients and fill a spray bottle the mixture. Spray your at risk plants weekly, being sure to only apply on overcast days or days with no direct Sun to allow the mixture to dry before direct Sunlight returns – or the foliage can become Sun damaged. Powdery mildew typically attacks impatiens, lilacs, cucumbers, squash and zinnias.

3. Discourage Gnats In Soil & Fungus on Leaves
Combine 1 gallon water, 4 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp biodegradable soap. Mix thoroughly, spray infected foliage or soil as needed.

4. Discourage Weeds
Pour or sweep baking soda into cracks in sidewalks and patios. The thicker the amount the better. The baking soda should not only prevent weeds from developing, but it should also kill any small weeds that have already sprouted.

5. Kill Cabbage Worms
Mix equals parts flour and baking soda, then dust your effected plants being attacked by cabbage worms (cabbage, broccoli, kale). They chew the treated leaves and typically die within a day or two. Repeat dusting every couple of days until the cabbage worms are taken care of.

6. Kill Crabgrass
Just wet the crabgrass, pour a heavy dusting of baking soda on the weed. The crabgrass should start dying back in 2 or 3 days. However a word of caution – never apply to grass or other similar plants as it can burn and destroy your normal grass as well.

7. Clean Your Hands
After a day in the garden dirt, clean your hands by rubbing and scrubbing wet hands with baking soda. Rinse thoroughly.


Slugs can be a real problem in the garden, as well as really grossing you out!

Here is a recipe for a slug attractant.

Slug Brew:
1 teaspoon brewers yeast
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 Cup of water
1 large shallow dish, I use the lid from a large jar of mayonnaise or peanut butter, or something similar.

Mix it all up together.
Place the lid in your garden near where you are having slug issues.
Fill with Slug Brew.

The idea here is that the slugs will be attracted to the brew, crawl into it at night, which is why the container needs to be shallow. The container can be easily discarded come morning.

If you can set the lid into the garden right at garden level it should help in making it as easy as possible for the slugs to get into the trap.

I have heard that people simply use beer, instead of mixing up the recipe here, but I haven’t tried it. I believe it should work though as it is the yeast, which is in the beer, that will attract the slugs.