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I am the founder of Mantis Plant Protection and also a certified pest control adviser working with organic growers throughout Southern California, Arizona, and Mexico.

The Secret Behind Mantis EC Efficacy and Quality

You may be a grower who has already used Mantis EC or perhaps you’ve found this page in search for an effective organic insecticide/miticide and are thinking about using Mantis botanical pesticide products. In this post, I want to break down how Mantis EC is formulated and manufactured to provide past, present, and future growers a …

How to Control Spider Mites Organically

Have you started seeing tiny dots on the leaves that are orange, yellow, or white?  Have you noticed light webbing over the leaves or buds?   No, you don’t have a nutrient problem or an infestation of spiders.  It’s more than likely an infestation of tiny little bugs called spider mites.   These bugs while …

7 Grower Benefits to Neem Oil

Neem oil is a vegetable-type oil pressed from the fruits and seeds of the neem tree, which is an evergreen tree native to India. Indian people discovered the many benefits of neem oil generations ago and have been using it for a variety of applications in medicine, health, beauty, and plant pesticides, which we’ll discuss further. Pure, …

The Secret Trick to Germinating Seeds

Growing your plants from seed to harvest is way more fulfilling than just planting store bought transplants.  It’s much cheaper too. But germinating seeds correctly can be somewhat of a tricky matter. There are a lot of different methods that work better than others but this video by YouTuber gardener Gary Pilarchik,  maps out the most effective and …

15 Raised Bed Garden Ideas Inspired by Instagram Users

Raised bed gardens are an easy, manageable, and great way to grow vegetables, herbs, and even ornamentals. Here are 15 great raised bed vegetable garden ideas inspired by Instagram users, starting with our very own Mantis backyard garden… Our Mantis Garden entering productive phase. A photo posted by Mantis Plant Protection (@mantisplantprotection) on Oct 26, …

3 Organic Products to Kill Whitefly on Your Pumpkins

Well here we are in early October and my kids are at that age to be absolutely pumped about Halloween just around the corner!  I must admit, I’m pretty excited myself! Well in preparation for Halloween this season, I decided to plant some pumpkin seeds in our backyard garden.  I planted two different varieties and both appear to …

Get Rid of Worms on Your Plants Once and for All

In the front of our house towards the front door entrance we have this flower bed space that was typically used for vinca flowers and other ornamental plants. I enjoy looking at ornamental plants just as much as any other homeowner but if you grow plants for consumption, they’re kinda a waste of space right? Recently …

5 Ways to Get Your Organic Pesticides to Work Better

People are sometimes disappointed after using organic pesticides because they don’t get the same level of control as they would expect with a chemical pesticide. Chemical pesticides are very potent on insects because they typically use a toxic mode of action that indiscriminately attacks the nervous system or another vital biological function. This results in fast, …

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