Tip Sheets

Tip Sheets on Beneficial Bugs and Pollinators

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Beneficial Insects from the Garden

We've collected the top 10 good bugs that help your garden grow and bloom. 

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fact sheet for building pollinator garden

Building a Pollinator Garden: How to Eliminate Existing Vegetation

How to get started? In the home landscape, most pollinator gardens are installed where there is an
existing lawn. The lawn must first be eliminated to build a pollinator garden.

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Help Save Our Pollinators fact sheet

Help Us Save Our Pollinators

Many plants cannot reproduce without the help of pollinators. Seventy-five percent of all plant species are pollinated by animals, with 90% of flowering plants being pollinated by animals.

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Illinois Pollinator Plants for the Garden

Plan ahead to select the right plants for your pollinator garden.

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list of pollinator garden tips

Pollinator Garden Tips

Many pollinator populations are in decline and this decline is attributed most severely to a loss in feeding and nesting habitats. You can help.

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flowers that attract bees

Spring Bloomers for Bees

Build your garden with plants bees love.

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bees from Illinois

Illinois Bees

Know which bee is what with this handy guide.

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swallowtail butterflies

Swallowtail Butterflies

Swallowtails are part of the Papilionidae family of butterflies. Swallowtail adults are medium to large and some have tail like projections off their hind wings. Many of these either are distasteful or mimic a bad tasting butterfly.

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Getting Started with Indoor Worm Composting

Red worms (Eisenia fetida) otherwise known as red wigglers, work well for worm bins because they do not need to burrow and can tolerate room temperatures. They can also consume up to their body’s weight per day in food.

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Harmful Pests

common pantry pests

Common Pantry Pests

Identify and rid your home of these common pantry pests.

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guide to jumping worms

Jumping Worms

The worms are voracious eaters that consume the top layer of organic matter and quickly convert the soil into grainy castings that look like dry coffee grounds. They change the soil structure, deplete available nutrients, damage plant roots, and alter water holding capacity of the soil. Changing the soil has a ripple effect across ecosystems.

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Gusanos Saltadores (Spanish Guide)

Spotted Lanternfly Invasive bug

Spotted Lanternfly

The spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) is an invasive insect pest of fruit, ornamental, and woody trees. 

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Common Cucurbit Pests

Common Cucurbit Pests

The Cucurbitaceae family contains more than 100 genera and over 700 species of plants. Several commonly grown garden crops belong to this family including cucumbers, melons, squash, and pumpkins; collectively known as cucurbits. Because these crops are related they are commonly attacked by the same pests.

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Plum Curculio

The plum curculio (Conotrachelus nenuphar) is a native pest distributed throughout the peach-growing areas of the United States. The pest feeds on all stone and pome fruits, including apples, peaches, and plums. 

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