Common Garden Pests


One of the major challenges for gardeners is discovering the easiest and most effective ways to deal with the common garden pests which interfere with and attack their plants. Most garden pests are small insects and many do not live on the garden plants themselves rather they lie in and on nearby damp decaying rubbish or when the soil is too wet they live in the plant roots. Thus one of the first things to do when purging or at least reducing the number of harmful insects in a garden is to clear away old rubbish that is decaying.

Wise gardeners also quickly learn that nature itself can help them deal with common garden pests. Certain birds feed on insects while larger insects, like the ladybug, feed on the smaller insects. Birds will go after insects so bird houses are not only attractive in garden areas they are also a good way to attract birds and birds are equally attracted to any mundane gadget that holds water.

Some common garden pests like grasshoppers and caterpillars gnaw on plant leaves however they do not wreak havoc on plants like the insects that suck the life out of garden plants. Toads, frogs, lizards, ants, spiders, and ladybugs, who are all known to eradicate pests, can also be accepted or invited to come into and make homes in a garden. Toads are partial to damp shady places which can be prepared in a corner of the garden. Lizards will invite themselves if the conditions are right.

Green, red, yellow or brown plant lice are more visible than the gnawing insects and can be found sucking on stems and leaves of plants. Insecticides made specifically to control them are the only way to deal with plant lice. If available, organic natural pesticides are effective and are better for the health of the individuals who will eat the garden produce as well as for the garden itself.

Slugs are another annoying type of common garden pests and they eat both vegetables and flowers. They lay their eggs in rubbish piles and can be very difficult to eradicate. Pouring lime water over the area will bring the slugs to the surface where they can be picked off.

The first step to keep your garden healthy and clean is to recognize and invite friendly common garden pests in to make their home and to control unfriendly pests.