A sure sign that we are well into spring around my house is the Passion Flower Plan starts blooming again.
One of the other signs of spring is an abundance of spiders, our house is covered with them. Black Widows, house spiders, wolf spiders, brown widows, brown recluse, jumping spiders, the list goes on. Instead of spraying pesticides, I prefer an organic approach. I don't want neighbor kids or our dogs getting sick, so I got excited when I saw this at a local hardware store.
Over 400 tiny insect assassins, perfect for taking out the bugs that bother my wife.
The light hardened egg cases just need to be left for the warmth of spring to trigger the hatch, then hundreds of tiny mantises will emerge. Some will move on, taking care of pests in neighbor's yards, but some will stick around.
I found this little guy in my back yard last night, and I think it is a good sign. Toads used to be common when I was a child, but they do not seem to be as numerous as they once were. I am glad he has chosen our backyard for his home, and hopefully he stays for a while eating mosquitoes and beetles. Hopefully the mantis eggs will hatch soon.