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Garden Pests to Watch Out For And How to Prevent Them

Garden Pests to Watch Out For And How to Prevent Them

Garden Pests to Watch Out For And How to Prevent Them

Posted April 23, 2021

Whether you have a vegetable garden or a flower garden, you know how problematic invasive insects can be. If you’re reading this, you probably are looking for a solution. You have come to the right place.

Here are some common garden pests and ways to prevent them:

Aphids

These pear-shaped bugs suck plant sap from most fruits and vegetables, flowers, ornamentals, and shade trees. They leave a secretion on foliage that allows for mold growth and spreads viral diseases. To control these bugs:

  • Use a strong spray of water to wash aphids off of plants.
  • Encourage natural predators such as aphid midges, lacewings, and ladybugs.
  • Cover plants before infestation starts, when feasible.

Cutworms

Cutworms are wide, inch-long moth larvae that hide beneath leaves or under topsoil during the day and feed on plants at night. They typically attack plant stems and can destroy large sections of your garden. To control these destructive creatures, try these methods:

  • Create seedling collars using plastic drinking cups
  • Cultivate soil before planting and remove the curled up cutworms
  • Consider waiting a few weeks to plant seedlings, until they’ve grown thick enough stems to resist cutworms.

Japanese Beetles

Beetles of all kinds can cause problems for a garden, especially the invasive japanese beetles.They eat through leaves of adult plants, severely damaging or maiming them. To control japanese beetles:

  • Spray insecticidal soaps to eliminate them.
  • Cover plants before infestations occur, when feasible

Leafminers

Leafminer is a broad name for insects whose larvae tunnels into, and eats the leaf tissue of a plant. They can wreak havoc on your garden. Look for pale blotches and tunnels on leaves to see if you have a leafminer problem. To control them:

  • Remove affected leaves and stems 
  • Plant flowering herbs to attract helpful insects that will eat the leafminers.
  • Covering plants when feasible helps keep the adults from laying eggs on the plants.

Snails and Slugs

Despite not being insects, snails and slugs can be just as harmful to your garden as any bug. They like to feed on your garden when things are damp, either at night or when there’s rain. To prevent these pests:

  • Water your garden in the morning
  • Place copper strips around plants to deter them
  • Place crushed eggshells around plants

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 as soon as the same day. Call (855) 459-0722 today.

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