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5 Destructive Garden Pests to Watch Out For

No garden is without garden pests. However, these are the last things you would want residing (and creating havoc) in your flower or garden beds. While not all garden pests pose a threat to your plants and flowers, some can inflict a lot of destruction.
Here is a list of some of the most lethal garden insects you should look out for.

1. Aphids

Ants taking care of aphids on nettle stem

These are tiny, pear-shaped insects, belonging to the Aphidoidea family. They are also known as greenflies and blackflies – each of which can differ in their appearance. Aphids enjoy sucking plant sap that helps the plant cells transport water and essential nutrients throughout the plant.

Aphid infestations usually lead to wilting or yellowing of leaves since excessive sap has been eliminated from the plant. To get rid of aphids, you should use neem oil or insecticidal soaps.

2. Maggots

Maggots usually attack legume or cruciferous plants. However, they can be found in any type of vegetable or fruit plant and can cause a lot of damage to the plant’s roots. The best way to get rid of maggots is by applying a hot pepper treatment to the soil.
Blend 2-3 hot peppers, 3 garlic cloves, and some chopped onions in a blender and pour in 1 tablespoon of liquid dish soap, and 2-3 cups of water. Blend well and then pour the mixture into your plant’s root system.

3. Caterpillars

Caterpillars are the most common insects found in a garden. Different caterpillars eat different types of plants. For example, monarch caterpillars feed on milkweed plants. Cloak caterpillars, on the other hand, thrive on birch, elm, cottonwood, or hackberry plants.
Caterpillars like to chew a plant’s leaves, flowers, fruits, and shoots. You can get rid of caterpillars by using excellent-quality pesticides – created specifically to get rid of them.

4. Beetles

Of all the beetles, elm leaf beetles, flea beetles, willow leaf beetles, and Japanese beetles are the most dangerous ones to trees and shrubs. Adult beetles like to feed on plant leaves and flowers and hinder the plant’s growth.

You should use a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water to keep these pests at bay. You can also use net traps to catch flea beetles and to stop them from attacking your garden plants.

5. Stink Bugs

Shield Bug Or Stink Bug on plant

These insects are small, oval, and come in a wide range of colors such as black, brown, and green. Stink bugs are hard to catch since they can fly and release chemicals to protect themselves. They also have a strange odor than can be a source of great annoyance. However, a mixture of hot water, vinegar, and dish soap are said to be an effective trap for stink bugs.

These are the top five most destructible garden pests to watch out for. Some other insects you should protect your garden from are cutworms, whiteflies, psyllids, earwigs, and slugs.