Which Pests Are Hurting Your Garden?
With winter almost behind us, it’s time to get back out into our gardens. We need to give it some well-deserved TLC, but there are some pests lurking in the corners, ready to spoil your enjoyment and your garden!
Garden pests can cause a lot of damage to your garden. They can damage plants, trees, lawns, sheds and garden furniture. Pests that can inflict this sort of damage can range from insects to rodents, meaning we need to be on the alert.
- Aphids – These insects cause damage to your plants by eating the leaves. As a result, they will spread plant diseases, and can attract other garden pests.
- Ants – Will mainly attack your fruit plants.
- Flies – Once they find a great area, they will feed and breed. Flies spread diseases like salmonella, and can even give you a nasty bite!
- Mosquitoes – Bites are very itchy.
- Stinging insects – Wasps, bees and hornets will build their nests wherever they feel it’s safe. When threatened, they will use their sting to protect themselves. Stinging insects are very attracted to flowers and fruit.
- Rats – Will eat everything in sight! Rats will gnaw on any wooden items in your garden, like sheds and furniture.
- Mice – Much the same as rats, your garden furniture and sheds are at risk from mice teeth.
- Squirrels – Will eat bird seed and flower buds, although many people don’t mind squirrels entering their garden.
- Moles – Will disrupt the soil by burrowing underground. Consequently, they can create unsightly holes in your lawn.
- Slugs and snails – These are the most common of all the garden pests, and probably the most hated. These slimy pests thrive in the damp, and feed on a large range of plants. Yuck!
- Spiders – Can be beneficial to your garden, as they will love to eat other garden pests, such as aphids and flies.
How To Keep The Pests Out Of Your Garden
- Maintain healthy soil.
- Clear up any garden rubbish and debris.
- Use barriers made from copper or fabric.
- Repair any damages to your shed and greenhouses to keep the pests out.
- Store compost in a secure contained that is sealed with a tight lid.
- Dispose of any standing water left around your garden.
- Ensure all of your outside bins are not overflowing, and are secured at all times with the lid firmly in place.
If you find a pest problem in your garden and need some help, call in Pest Exterminators today!