No one likes to share their beautiful garden with intimidating and ugly pests. But unfortunately garden pests are inevitable if not effectively dealt with.
Below is the list of the top 5 garden pests you are likely to deal with, and the problems that they typically bring to your garden. Let’s get started:
1. Slugs and Snails:
Slugs and snails are one of the most common garden pests you are likely to encounter, and can be found in pretty much every type of garden. They have been at the top of The Royal Horticultural Society’s list of most daunting garden pests for the past 10 years. The main thing is not the damage they cause. It is the scale of the damage they cause in large numbers, as they set about ruining seedlings, ornamental plants and vegetables.
2. Brown Rats:
Rats can live in your garden. They choose a variety of outdoor places to make their home, including burrowing holes in grassy banks, living inside or even underneath garden sheds or living within outdoor sewage systems. Rats can also get into garden dustbins and compost heaps. Removing possible nesting areas can be achieved by making sure your garden is tidy, securing bin lids, and by keeping overgrown areas cut right back.
There are many species of caterpillar, and all of them love making their home and feeding on fruits, vegetables, trees, and leaves of your favourite plants. Most of the time their food of choice are leaves, although some types like to tunnel into hanging fruit, which can be a real nuisance if you enjoy growing and eating produce from your own trees.
4. Lily Beetle:
As well as spoiling the appearance of a plant, these bright red coloured pests can cause small,weedy bulbs to develop if they are attacked by the beetles in early summer, and may not flower the following year. The Lily beetle has become widespread in the UK over the past three decades. Their favorite targets, apart from lilies,include aromatic plants such as sage, rosemary, thyme, lavender, etc. When you see your lilies and fritillaries stripped of foliage, you can hazard a guess that there are lily beetles around.
Also known as green fly or black fly, these pear shaped, tiny pests are commonly found affecting fruits, vegetables and flowering plants and shrubs. Because they like to suck the sap out of a plant, their presence usually results in a loss of vitality in the plant, causing leaves to drop and growth to become distorted. They are also known to spread viral plant diseases, and mold to grow.
How Should You Get Rid of These Garden Pests?
There are lots of ways to do this. As a general garden pest prevention approach, you should always start off with organic sprays, or traps and pest barriers if possible. See if the damage is significant enough, you may need to use chemical sprays as a last resort.