Posted April 23, 2021
A wise person once said, “Gardens are our way of communing with nature.” Our flowers certainly make the planet prettier, and our vegetable beds take nourishment from the soil and bless our bodies with all the goodness that Mother Earth has to offer.
And then come the bugs!
Now pests certainly have their place in the ecosystem — after all, it is a bug-eat-bug world out there (and hooray for that!). But problems occur when there aren’t enough bug-eating bugs to keep the plant-eating villains from ruining our little “vegetable” corners of the world. Rodents can also be a problem for budding gardens.
Here are a handful of the usual suspects, and a tip or two on what you can do to prevent them from wreaking havoc on your huckleberry bushes … and the like:
These pear-shaped bugs suck plant sap from most fruits and vegetables, flowers, ornamentals, and shade trees. These guys leave a secretion on foliage that allows for mold growth and spreads viral diseases. To control these bugs:
Cutworms are fat, one-inch-long moth larvae that hide beneath leaves or within the top layer of soil during the day and feed on plants at night. They typically attack stems, the first part of a plant they encounter, so if a newly planted seedling has been felled (like a tree in the forest), that’s a sign of cutworms. To control these destructive creatures, try these methods:
Beetles are the most common type of insect. There are more varieties of beetles than you can shake a stick at — about 400,000 different types. And almost all of them like to nibble on the leaves and stems of our garden plants — not good! Especially the invasive Japanese Beetle which first showed up in North America around 1916. To control these bugs:
Adult leafminers are little flies that “buzz under the radar” so to speak, because they’re not the problem. It’s their tiny, brown or green larvae working their way inside plant tissue that puts them on the naughty list. The most common garden plants they go after include spinach, chard, beets, nasturtiums, and blueberries. To control these bugs:
Although slugs and snails (snails are the ones with shells) are not insects, these land-dwelling mollusks highly favor plant seedlings — of just about any variety. A sure sign that you have a problem is if you see a slimy trail around the garden. They feed at night or on a rainy day — both times you’re unlikely to be around. To control these bugs:
If you are starting to see too many garden pests around, you can give us a call at FOX Pest Control and we’ll send a licensed and certified technician to your place the same day. Just poke (855) 953-2002 into your phone, or submit a contact form here; and we’ll be there to help.