Are you enjoying the blog so far?

Found answers to your pest questions and now you’re curious about who I am?

I’m Monique.

I’m originally from South Africa but I now live in Australia.

I’ve had gardens for two decades, growing herbs, vegetables, flowers, and now a whole lot of aloes. I wanted to start an aloe farm but then I had a baby and that all got put on hold – aloes are sharp and prickly, and they aren’t exactly “baby friendly”.

I love spending time outside in the garden with my son. And when he’s sleeping, I’m on here sharing everything I know and what I learn along the way.

This is a photo of me with my son, spending time outside where we both love to be.

I’ve been writing on Backyard Pests for 2 years now. The more I work on it, the more fascinated I become with the wonderful world of pests. In fact, I’m busy with my certificate in Bugs 101: Insect-Human Interactions from the University of Alberta, to learn even more interesting things (do you know how terrifying bed bug mating is???).

If you have any questions, it’s best to pop them in the forum. And if you see any questions there that you can answer, please help a momma out by answering them. I’m only one person and I can’t answer every email or question that I get. Thank you for understanding.

I’ve opened the forum as a kind of test, to see if people use, abuse, or ignore it.

What will you do?