What’s Destroying Your Garden

If you’re not an expert, pest identification isn’t the simplest of tasks.

london garden with pests

But being able to tell what’s destroying your vegetable patch or leaving behind unsightly yellow patches on your lawn may make a huge difference to the health and life of your garden.

Of course, you will always have the support of Pest Control in London if you find yourself overwhelmed by a garden infestation, but for those who want to find the culprit, read on.

Below we have compiled a short guide to three pests that may be munching away at your leaves, grass roots and veggies.

Leather Jackets

The larvae of Crane Flies, Leather Jackets cause damage to plants and lawns by targeting roots. Yellowy brown sections on the grass and plants that have started wilting are both good indications that you may have a problem.

Of course, there are other pests that can leave these signs behind, so keep an eye out for a mass of adults (crane flies) and larvae during the evening, where they may be caught devouring the stems of plants.

Thunder Flies

Unlike the pest above, Thunder Flies make a habit of attacking leaves, leaving behind a trail of brown petals and black dots on plant leaves.

These tiny insects can also affect an otherwise healthy growth rate, causing plants to curl.

Aptly named because they thrive and swarm in stormy weather conditions, these pests can also pass on viruses, making it important to catch and address the issue quickly.

Scarlet Lily Beetle  

Our last garden pest is the Scarlet Lily Beetle, named due to their tendency to target lilies in particular.

In appearance, they are bright red, therefore easily recognisable and signs include eaten leaves (holes).

Considered to be a fairly invasive breed, the Scarlet Lily Beetle will lay vibrant orange eggs when populating, usually on leaves, so keep an eye out for this if you haven’t spotted any adults in your garden.

These three pests are by no means the end of the list, but should provide an insight into what may be destroying your flora.

If you have any queries, feel free to get in touch today or see our blog for more information on pests.


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