Pest and Disease Management

What can I do to keep bugs off my plants?

This is a common question with a simple answer. Keep your plants healthy! Healthy plants are much more resistant to attacks from bugs and disease. The best ways to keep plants healthy are as follows:

  • Feed plants on a regular (but not excessive) basis during the growing season.
  • Water plants properly, ensuring they are not too wet or too dry.
  • Prune plants as needed to avoid overgrowth, bad limbs, etc.
  • Use a compost tea on you plants on a regular basis during the growing season.

Even healthy plants may get a bug or disease from time to time. Proper identification and quick response is the best way to avoid excessive chemical use and undue expenses. Some pests, such as aphids, can be easily dealt with by a strong blast of water to remove them from the plant.

What can I do about the mosquitoes in my yard?

During a large part of our year, mosquitoes are a nearly constant problem for Austinites. There are two fronts on which they must be attacked for proper control.

First, there are the adults that are biting and buzzing you and your family. We carry a number of products designed to repel adult mosquitoes from you living area. These products use natural oils and extracts to repel the pests with no effect on people or pets. They include sprays, granules, and even incense.

Second, and probably most important, there are products designed to kill the larvae around your home. If you have standing water that you cannot get rid of, Mosquito Bits and Dunks contain a bacteria (BT) that is harmless to people and pets, but kills the larvae.