Welcome to our newly designed website and the debut of our B.I.G. (Beneficial Insect Gardening) Blog. Thank you for joining us! This is the first installment of what will be many informative blogs where we’ll dive deeper into the lives of beneficial insects and the families, gardeners, businesses and even countries that use them for...
SING ALONG WITH US — "ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS MY MASON BEE...!!" It’s never too early to start planning your holiday gifts. This year, consider adding a Mason Bee Starter Kit for every child on your list! This educational, easy-to-assemble Mason Bee Habitat project will draw kids to the great outdoors and help to ensure a beautiful, productive garden! Organic Control has
Laura used to have a big problem. She had a dog, Bingley. A mostly indoor dog, Bingley was a frequent visitor to their backyard. Bingley loved having a chance to run around a bit outside before he did his business and headed back inside. She also had a cat, Jasmine. Jasmine hadn’t set foot outside since Laura had brought her home as a kitten,
Memorial Day weekend is nearly upon us. What is the best way protect the gardens you planted during this “shelter in place” season? And, what about those “murder hornets” that are starting to make headlines? Here is the answer to your questions. Build an army! Here’s what you need to know about Praying Mantids, a natural enemy of the hornet. Another Guardian of
INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT: THE POWER OF BENEFICIAL BUGS It’s no surprise to many people that relying heavily on pesticides, fungicides and other chemicals to beautify your garden is a less-than-ideal strategy when you’re also concerned about the well-being of your family and pets. There’s also reason to be concerned about the long-term effects these substances may have as they work their way
MANNY THE MANTIS STRUTS HIS STUFF AT THE 2019 EMA GALA! Organic Control’s adult Praying Mantis, Manny, was spotted on the green carpet at the 2019 Environmental Media Association (EMA) Gala! Kathy Kellogg Johnson walked the green carpet with Manny proudly on her arm. Hollywood stars Jaden Smith, Malin Akerman, Lance Bass, Frances Fisher, Ed Begley Jr., and Nikki Reed (just to
LADY BUG MIGRATION MAKES HEADLINES Hitting the news just yesterday (in a story by Alex Johnson of NBC News) a massive 80 mile-wide swath of lady bugs (hippodamia convergens) made headlines! Did you know that lady bugs migrate? They sure do! In fact, this swarm of lady bugs leaving the southern warm area of San Diego County is not that unusual, though