How To Tell If You Have Garden Pests

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Garden pests have a nasty habit of attacking your plants when you least expect it. They’re annoying, and threaten the health of your plants. Knowing what to look for though can be hard for some beginner. So here are a few symptoms to check for when it comes to your plants.

Slugs

Slugs are probably one of the worst little pests in the garden. Slugs prefer to eat tender leaves even though they can usually eat most vegetation. Leaves will usually be eaten away or down to the stump by slugs. If you check your plants early in the morning you may also notice shiny little “trails” slugs have left behind on your plants. Crushed eggshells, copper wire, and diatomaceous earth will help to keep those nasty little guys away. Also, be sure to try and get rid of any moist spots in your garden. Slugs love to stay where it’s moist.

Aphids

Little holes may start to appear in the leaves of your plants. You can also check for aphids by lifting the leaves off your plants up to check the underside of them. Aphids are very small and green. One way to get rid of them is to release ladybugs onto your plants. Ladybugs eat aphids and will help to keep the population down. Another way is to apply an all-natural bug repellent that won’t hurt your plants, but will keep away the nasty pests.

Scales

These are nasty little pests. On a plant, they can appear to look like little scabs. They come in a variety of colors and may even appear wooly to the naked eye. They’re roughly 1/16 to 1/8 of an inch wide. Scales can also be scraped off a plant just by using your fingernail. They’re nasty little suckers, and will most likely require an all-natural spray to get rid of them.

Mealybugs

This is another type of pest you should look for when your leaves start to look a little to shiny. Leaves on your plants may also begin to distort if these pests are about. Other symptoms are plant leaves can also have growth deformities or can appear spotty. Mealybugs also enjoy hiding in the crevices of plants. The best place to look for them is usually at the base of where a stem or leaf meets the main stalk of the plant. Their appearance is similar to that of greasy cotton or dirty balls of fluff on the leaves.

These are only a couple of the gardeb pests you will encounter when it comes to your plants. It’s always good to at least give your plants a cursory check over every couple of days. This way you can be prepared to deal with any pest infestations should they begin to show. One of the best ways to prevent an infestation is to nip it in the bud before it can get a foothold on your plants. Should you fine pests on your plants be sure to react accordingly and apply the necessary spray, or take the steps to get rid of the pests immediately.

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