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How To Easily Identify Garden Pests

Author : Derek Farley

If you have a garden, among the many problems that you have to deal with are garden pests. They can cause a lot of damage to your shrubs, trees and plants. There are various pests that can attack your garden therefore you need to identify them before the problem gets out of hand. Some of the most common ones that you need to watch out for include snails, aphids, caterpillars, earwigs and slugs.

Aphids are common in most gardens but it is difficult to identify them because of their small size. They can be found on trees and plants which secrete sap. These pests usually produce a residue that sticks on the plants that causes the leaves on the plants to discolor. Once the residue gets on the plant it can allow mold to grow and the plant can die. Once you have identified that there are some aphids in your garden, you can use ladybugs and hover flies to get rid of them. Earwigs are easy to identify by because their pincers make them look like small scorpions.

This pest can be a great help if you have aphids in your garden but it also tends to cause a lot of damage on the leaves because they are voracious eaters. If you notice there is a lot of flower and leaf damage in your garden, the problem could be the earwigs. To deal with the earwigs, you may have to get rid of the particular plant or flower they are feeding on. Snails and slugs can also cause a lot of problems in your garden. These pests feed on vegetables and plant bulbs especially after it has rained heavily. They usually cause the damage during the night and it is difficult to find them because they are usually buried in the ground.

They prefer to feed on young seedlings therefore you should look out for them early on. To deal with snails and slugs, you can use some eggshells or sawdust on the ground. Their skins are sensitive therefore they cannot move on these materials. Caterpillars can also cause a lot of damage in your garden and ruin the look you want to achieve or even your crops. To identity this pest, look for any webbing or curled leaves. They prefer to feed on stems, flowers, fruit, and leaves. If you notice the presence of caterpillars, you can remove them manually and then use some grease on the leaves to prevent them from climbing up.

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