Is there anything more frustrating than an army of shield-shaped stink bugs sucking the strength out of your tomatoes or zucchini? One day your plants look healthy, and the next they are decimated by this aptly named garden pest. (One good squish and you’ll know what we mean.)

Monarch butterflies are fussy eaters that dine only on milkweed, so to boost their dwindling numbers, gardeners have been busy sowing milkweed plants in their yards. Now there’s news that some milkweeds are more hindrance than help, according to Ron Vanderhoff, general manager of Roger’s Gardens nursery in Corona del Mar and a board member of the Orange County chapter of the California Native Plant Society.

Small kitchen messes happen all the time, but that doesn’t mean you need to reach for a paper towel every time you spill food. If you find yourself going through rolls of paper towels and need to kick the habit, these reusable absorbent cloths make the transition away so much easier.

Don’t let a cluttered backyard prevent you from enjoying summer’s rays. Take some time to corral pool toys, sports equipment or gardening gear now, and you’ll be able to sit back and relax on the porch or patio all summer long. We promise it’ll be that much sweeter after a bit of yard work! Read on to find just the right storage solutions and outdoor decor to spruce up your yard.

Summer is a beautiful time of year to be outside, but all those long walks with Fido might eventually lead to a horrifying discovery—finding fleas jumping around on your couch or carpet. If your dog brings home fleas this year, don’t panic. Just follow these steps to banish them from your home:

Whether you’re a frequent summer traveler trying to stay hydrated between flights, or love hiking or camping on weekends, carrying a water bottle on a hot summer day isn’t always convenient. That’s where this ultra-light collapsible water bottle comes in. It’s perfect for bike rides, climbing, beach days, or trips to the gym.

Wet springs are a boon to garden plants but also create a lot of watery nooks for mosquitoes to breed. The voracious skeeters need ridiculously little moisture to reproduce, so take time to wander your estate to look for any sources of standing water, no matter how small.

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