Summer Garden Pests That You Should Always Keep an Eye out For

by - July 24, 2019

Whether you’re new to gardening, taking over gardening chores for summer or plan to start up your own herb garden, pests and insects are no joke and should always be taken seriously. Perhaps you’re tired of chewed-up leaves with holes in them or creepy insects crawling all over your lovely garden and rampaging through it. Whatever the case may be, summer garden pests need to be dealt with immediately unless you want your plants riddled with holes and unsightly hordes of insects.

So in this post, we’re going to take a look at a couple of common summer garden pests to look out for, how to deal with them and also how you can avoid them in the future if possible.


White fly

If you’ve ever tried to shape up your garden for the summer then you’ll likely have come across these small white insects that are particularly resistant to pesticides and other control methods. These are fairly common all across the nation but are particularly bothersome during summer periods in the north.

They’re relatively small moth-like insects that are typically white or a light shade of green. They have a pair of white wings on their back and are around 1/16th of an inch in size, making them very small but noticeable especially if you look at your plants. They’ll appear as small specs that look very similar to grains of uncooked rice, so they’re easy to spot if you have an invasion of white flies in your garden. If you look closely, you’ll also see small translucent dots that look like droppings but are in fact eggs. You’ll typically find white flies on the underside of leaves munching away and leaving certain plants in shambles.

Getting rid of white flies is often done with yellow sticky traps that can help to suppress the adult population which ultimately leads to their demise. However, you’ll also find that ladybugs can be an effective natural predator that counteracts their population. Certain insecticides can work as well, but we do not recommend these as they can have harmful effects on the environment. Use it as a last resort and consult a pest control expert if you want to go this route.

Wasps

It’s very easy to get bees and wasps confused. After all, they’re both yellow and black, they sting and they make similar noises. However, wasps have a tendency to root themselves into your home or garden especially if they can do so undisturbed. If you’ve got a shed in the garden that’s often untouched for long periods of time then you might find a nest growing across the roof at some point. It’s incredibly important that you do not disturb the nest unless you want to be stung a dozen times by its angry residents.

In order to avoid wasps, here are a couple of simple home keeping tips:

  • Examine your garden regularly and be on the alert if you spot a wasp or signs of a wasp nest so that you can deal with it as soon as possible.
  • Don’t leave sugary drinks around such as cans of soda or glasses of lemonade in the garden because they will attract wasps.
  • Keep your garden as clean and tidy as possible including areas that you might not visit often such as your shed.
  • If you spot the nests during winter, then get rid of them while the wasps are dormant so that it’s easier to clean up and remove them.
  • Know the difference between bees and wasps so that you can deal with them appropriately.

To conclude, if you’re going to work on your garden in the summer then it’s vital that you learn about bee hives and wasps. Know their differences and know how to remove them effectively so that they don’t infest your garden and create an unsightly view. They can wreak havoc on your summer garden if you’re not careful, so pay attention to the signs of a wasp infestation and deal with it as soon as possible.


Leaf Miners

If you spot strange snake-like patterns on your leaves then there’s a good chance you have leaf miners in your garden. These are incredibly frustrating to deal with and their name comes from their habit of burrowing into leaves, but the term is actually used to describe several different varieties of insect larvae. This means that the patterns themselves can vary in shape, size and length. In most cases, these larvae are caused by the larvae of flies, beetles and moths. While they don’t necessarily inflict a lot of damage to your plants, they do make leaves look unsightly and could indicate a sign of another infestation.

To deal with leaf miners, you’ll likely need to deal with the source of the larvae first. This could be a moth infestation, beetles or some variety of fly. If it isn’t immediately obvious what the initial infestation is then you might be lucky enough to only have an isolated case of leaf miners. In this situation, all you need to do is remove the affected leaves and dispose of them. The other option is to use insecticides, but we recommend against this unless it’s a trusted brand that you have used before.

Red Spider Mites

As their name suggests, these red spider mites are very small red spots that typically affect gardens in the summer. They’re commonly found on leaves and can often be found on indoor plants as well. Contrary to their name, however, red spider mites are only a red/dark orange color when they are less active. Instead, they’re often a light green color when they are actively chewing on your leaves.

To get rid of red spider mites, the most natural way is to simply use ladybugs or lacewings as a natural predator. The alternative is to use an insecticidal wash on your plants or even raise humidity levels if you find them indoors or in your greenhouse. They’re not particularly difficult to get rid of but can but annoying once discovered.




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