Any trusted pest management company will tell you about the most common garden pests they encounter whenever they visit a site.
Garden pests are definitely a headache and can prove costly if not attended to. Unfortunately for the everyday gardener, there are many different types of pesky invaders who are out to ruin your produce. The problem is these common garden pests mingle in with the ‘good bugs’ – those who are good for your produce. Let’s take a look at some of the more common garden pests which are most likely to affect your garden produce.
As their name suggests these maggots target the cabbage family and kill the plants directly at the roots. They tunnel their way deep into the roots and create passages for disease organisms.
Often blending in with their surroundings, caterpillars chew on leaves and crawl their way into fruits and vegetables leaving some produce damaged and unsellable.
In Australia, the common aphids are Cotton and Cabbage aphids. They feed on fruits, vegetables and a variety of other plants. Any trusted pest management company will kill the aphids off by hand, manually wash affected areas of plants or populate areas with beneficial insects such as beetles, parasitic wasps and lacewigs to counter the growing population
Thriving in moist environments, snails and slugs damage seeds, leaves and fruits while creating underground tunnels making some plants open to disease organisms. They are controlled by manually hand-picking them from affected areas and building barriers to protect the plants. Caffeine is said to kill snails and slugs and is often sprayed on problem areas.
Tree Borers are attracted to weak trees and once the trees have been inhabited (and the tree left untreated) they have the potential to kill the tree by stopping the flow of nutrients. Once the eggs have been hatched, they will start to eat at the tree.
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