Garden Pests 2018-03-17T15:02:09+00:00

Garden Pests

Just as with garden weeds, any type of animal can become a pest in your yard, if it is unwanted. A little damage like some holes in the leaves, actually means you have a healthy yard. You can not have butterflies, if you don’t feed the caterpillars.
Animal damage only becomes a pest when it threatens the health of you plants. Such an event can be occasional, caused by a temporary situation like a drought or an unusual wet season. The best way to prevent pests is to create a healthy habitat with biodiversity. If you have a plant that is regularly attacked by pest, maybe you should consider replacing it with a more suitable species.
But if you have a perfectly healthy plant that is attacked by a temporary invasion of insects, or rodents, you should try to mechanically remove the pest ( netting, hand picking, traps), if this doesn’t help look for an organic solution first before using a chemical solution.



Slugs and Snails




Bugs and Weevils




Regretfully many pests have become long lasting and even invasive, due to more permanent transitions, like globalisation, climate change and loss of habitat. Scientist are predicting more problems with invasive pests in the future. With the fragmentation and pollution of habitats and the evolving climate change, more resilient insects will survive the more vulnerable insects, and become pests. If you have a healthy yard, but are still bothered by invasive pests, the best thing you can do is to check with the local agricultural extension of your state’s university, and use their expertise. Most states have organizations that are involved with the management and prevention of invasives. Early detection can be essential,  don’t hesitate to ask how you can help.  Invasives are not only a ecological but also a serious economic problem. Here are some of the more common invasive pests we have at the moment:

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

False Codling Moth

Light Brown Apple Moth

Oriental Fruitfly


Pine Shoot Beetle

Emerald Ash Borer

Marmorated Stink Bug

Asian Long Horned Beetle

Asian Citrus Psyllid

European Gypsy Moth

Spotted Lantern Fly