How to Get Rid of Garden Pests

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The desire to recreate nature’s beauty in one’s own space is probably one of the main reasons why gardens were invented. You’ll see various types of gardens in properties, such as residential, zen, botanical, and many more. However, gardening is not just a walk in the park. There are serious problems the gardeners have to face before they cansee the fruits of their labor. Aside from weather challenges, pests may also be a problem.

Pests and Your Garden

For some homeowners, gardening may be a relaxing hobby. But in reality, gardening is a task that requires focus and attention. Whether gardening is a hobby or a full-time job, pests in the garden can rob plants of their beauty and purpose, rendering a gardener’s efforts to grow these plants useless if they fail to recognize and control these pests.

However, don’t confuse insects from pests. When it comes to gardens, not all insects are considered a pest. in fact, some insects are gardens’ best friends, such as butterflies and bees. These little fellows help plants and flowers grow. Pests do the exact opposite. These can kill your plants from its roots, feed on the stems or leaves, or eat up its fruits.

Pests You Should Know

On top of the list of most common garden pests are the aphids. Aphids are small, pear-shaped, sap-sucking insect that can be found clustering together on plants. There are 4,400 known species of aphids found around the world and most of them are in places with temperate climate.

Spider mites are reddish-colored insects feeding on plant cells by puncturing. Belonging to the family of Tetranychidae with 1,200 species with a length of less than one millimeter, this active egg-laying insect has the ability to tolerate to the insecticides previously used to them.

Before butterflies can morph into a beautiful, nature-loving creature, they have to go through first a larvae stage in which they can cause more harm than good. When at their pre-butterfly stage, butterflies are called caterpillars. Caterpillars are commonly known to be herbivorous. Moth’s caterpillars, called cutworms, are known for their destructive diet.

Minute insects called gall mites belonging to the Eriophyidae family are as equally as invasive as the other relatively bigger pests. Due to its microscopic size, they travel from plant to plant by wind, which makes them difficult to deal with. The plant galls, where gall mite got its name, are abnormal growth on plants that look like nipples, blisters or curls.

The Colorado potato beetles were first found nibbling crops, particularly potatoes, hence their name. Also simply known as potato bug, this approximately 10-millimeter insect with yellow-orange and brown streaks on its back also feeds on eggplants, tomatoes and other crops.

Ways to Deal With Pests

These insects labeled as pests are just insects until they become invasive and destructive. Their ability to reproduce rapidly becomes a problem if you fail to spot them. The most common practice to control or completely eradicate these pests is through the use of insecticides. The problem withusing insecticides is that they sometimes not only kills pests but also affect the plant’s condition. Some pests, like the spider mites, have this amazing ability to develop resistance to insecticides that were already used to them in the past.Thus, it is really important to the kind of pest plaguing that’s present in your garden to be able to use the appropriate insecticide.

Aside from using insecticides as solution, introducing predatory insects can also be helpful. Just make sure that these predatory insects would not turn into pests. The safety of using insecticides and the risk that come with introducing predatory insects are two things that you need to consider when introducing these two methods. The best way to get rid of pests is to call an exterminator or a professional pest control company to assess your garden and allow them to apply safe methods for managing garden pests.

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