Gardening Harmful insects

The Big Bug Hunt Launches

Over the past five years, The Big Bug Hunt has invited participants to report the bugs found in their gardens. By discovering what appears where and when, they are building an understanding of bug behavior and the conditions that trigger their appearance and spread. Their aim: to launch the first pest prediction service that will alert gardeners like you and I when pests are likely to be heading our way. Given forewarning, it’s easier to prevent and manage pests naturally, without harming other wildlife. 

Well, drum roll please: the wait is over! This week the organizers are excited to announce that phase one of The Big Bug Hunt pest prediction service is launching.

Initially the service will track key pests that they are able to predict to an acceptable level of accuracy. More pests and regions will be added to the service as accuracy improves with additional reporting. From this week on alerts are being added to the bottom of their newsletter for anyone in the US, Canada, UK and Ireland who has registered their garden’s location to receive pest alerts.

If you haven’t yet registered your location for pest alerts, you can still do so below. This is a beta-test version of the service, so The Big Bug Hunt will be asking for your feedback about how useful and accurate they are and making adjustments based on feedback it receives.

Report any bugs you've seen here..>

This is just the beginning of their plans for this service. Reports of bugs from all regions continue to be vital so their team of researchers can continue to refine, improve and—most crucially—expand the service. So please keep hunting those bugs!

Pest Alerts

In order to receive Pest Alerts, please click the button below to set the location of your garden. This will be used by their system to check for which pests are about to appear in your area.

Set your location
Staying ahead of Garden Pests
Click on GrowVeg above to learn more about identifying the insects you discover in your garden.

The Big Bug Hunt: such a useful tool!

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. After studies at the University of Toronto and Laval University where he obtained his B.A. in modern languages in 1978, he succeeded in combining his language skills with his passion for gardening in a novel career as a garden writer and lecturer. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He is a regular contributor to and horticultural consultant for Fleurs, Plantes, Jardins garden magazine and has written for many other garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening, Rebecca’s Garden and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 50 other titles in English and French. He can be seen in Quebec on French-language television and was notably a regular collaborator for 7 years on the TV shows Fleurs et Jardins and Salut Bonjour Weekend. He is the President of the Garden Writers Association Foundation and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. An avid proponent of garden tourism, he has lead garden tours throughout Canada and to the gardens of over 30 countries over the last 30 years. He presently resides in Quebec City, Quebec.

1 comment on “The Big Bug Hunt Launches

  1. Why are all insects commonly known as ‘bugs’?

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