As we know, insects play a vital role in our gardens' vitality and functionality; however, when our plants start to die, this may indicate the presence of an unwanted pest. So, how do you know your garden has pests? And how do you get rid of them? Let's find out.
The Balance of Animals in Your Garden
Every garden has a different and complex variety of pests and problems. However, to understand these, it is important first to understand the complex balance each garden has in its ecosystem.
Insects represent a massive component in the biodiversity of most terrestrial ecosystems, including your garden. This includes important ecosystem functions your garden provides, including nutrient cycling and plants' ability to complete photosynthesis (1).
Insects play a vital role in managing the relationship between plants and the soil they reside in. No matter how it flows through your garden ecosystem, organisms are involved. The state of your garden depends on the number and diversity of insect species (2).
The species in your garden community provide stability and drive the proper function for it to flourish. However, there are some pest species that your garden would be better off without (3). So, what are these?
What are the Most Common Garden Pests?
If you look around your garden, you will likely see some insect or pest species you would prefer not to be there. Every garden has a different, and complex, myriad of pests. Pest problems tend to vary with region, climate, soil type, plant species, and garden practices you use (4).
To get on top of any pest problem in your garden, it is important to know what animals to look out for. The most common pest species to watch out for are (5,6):1. Grasshoppers and Locusts
These two common pest insects belong to the Orthoptera group. They tend to have two pairs of wings, and their mouthparts are formed especially for chewing. They tend to create large communities with swarms so large they appear like "clouds" in your garden. They cause direct damage to the plants by chewing.2. Aphids
Aphids are an insect group that you would be familiar with. They are involved in terms of reproduction and tend to appear green when they wander your tasty garden. In addition to chewing, they can cause damage by the secretion of honey-dew, driving the growth of unsightly black mold. On top of this, they result in harm by carrying viruses, which cause some of the most notorious plant diseases.3. Beetles
The adults of this large group of insects, also known as Coleoptera, are characterized by hard forewings. They have chewing mouthparts, causing extensive damage by feeding on foliage. Their larvae (known as grubs) live in the soil and can cause significant damage by feeding on plants' roots.4. Butterflies and Moths
The group name, Lepidoptera, refers to the dust-like scales that cover their wings and bodies. While the adults are not pests, the juveniles, commonly known as caterpillars, are. They feed on a substantial amount of foliage and can extensively damage several plants in the garden. One example of this is the well-known cutworm. They have an extremely disastrous impact on any species in the garden due to their tendency to burrow and eat the foliage. Cutworms tend to kill far more plants than they can consume. Control of these pests is best by using insecticides, such as EcoClear's Stop Bugging Me!™.5. Flies
Flies, known as Diptera, are very familiar to everyone around the world. They have a single pair of wings, and the group includes the most typical insects that plague us, such as mosquitos, horse flies, and common house flies. While they, in particular, are not overly damaging to plants, a few members of this group are, such as the rose midge.6. Bees, Wasps, and Ants
This large group of insects is mostly credited with providing a sizeable functional service to any garden; however, some are incredibly damaging. For example, the giant hornet inflicts damage to a range of plant species, such as boxwood, lilac, rhododendron, and shrubs.
What Can You Do About Them?
There are several practices you can employ to try to curb any pest infestation in your garden. In general, the best mode of pest eradication is to eliminate pests and then prevent their return (7).
To prevent pests, the best and the least complicated way is to use a broad-spectrum insecticide. There are a significant number of products you can choose from to use in your garden; however, a fair number of these use strong chemicals, which can be hazardous for you, your garden, and your family (8).
Stop Bugging Me!™ is the perfect example of nurturing nature. This incredible insecticide is all-natural and chemical-free, specifically created to eradicate and prevent insect pest infestations. It works immediately to eliminate insect infestation while remaining safe for you, your family, your furry friends, and of course, the environment.
The Bottom Line
The presence of pest insects in our garden is an inevitable evil. However, all is not lost; there are several techniques you can use to get that garden to flourish again.
One such step is the use of a broad-spectrum insecticide. This is where Stop Bugging Me!™ comes in. While incredibly useful, this fantastic product will keep you and your family safe, letting you go out to smell the roses in no time.