While honey bees are familiar to most of us, there are many other bee species that are great pollinators. Mason bees have a lot of characteristics that make them great garden pollinators. Here’s what you need to know about their habits and how to encourage them at your place.

Bird mites (also called poultry mites or chicken mites) are a chicken owner’s nightmare. They’re tiny, and they bite, and they can make chickens very sick — even causing death. Here are a number of different treatments and tactics to combat poultry mites in your flock.