Whether it’s a small herb garden or a large vegetable patch, a garden is a wonderful way to get in touch with nature and enjoy fresh fruits, vegetables or herbs straight from the ground. Unfortunately, your garden may also be a magnet for a wide variety of insects. While some of these insects can actually be beneficial, many others can cause significant damage. Here are a few of the most common insects your garden is likely to attract, and what you can expect if you see them.
Red Spider Mites
One of the most common garden pests, red spider mites quickly become ubiquitous once a population takes root. These diminutive arachnids attack plants in droves, often clinging and spinning very fine webs on the underside of plant leaves. If left unchecked, their large populations and very rapid breeding may allow red spider mites to infest large areas relatively quickly.
Like red spider mites, aphids are attracted to a wide variety of fruit and vegetable plants, ornamental plants and trees. Aphids are small, pear-shaped insects that can appear green, yellow, brown, red or black depending on the species and various environmental factors. They are sap-sucking insects, and they appear most frequently near new plant growth. In addition to direct damage, aphids also secrete a sweet, sticky substance called honeydew, which can attract harmful ants and prompt mold growth.
Another common guest in many gardens, caterpillars come in a dizzying array of species and appearances. Caterpillars appear as soft-bodied, segmented larvae with six legs attached to their front segments and false legs near the rear. Caterpillars generally cause damage by chewing leaves and new growth, though some species may burrow directly into the fruit.
Common across North Carolina and every other state east of the Mississippi River, Japanese beetles can quickly devastate plant growth if left unaddressed. These beetles feature a distinctive appearance, with a metallic blue-green body and bright bronze-colored wings. Japanese beetles eat and skeletonize leaves, eat flowers and stems and can even completely defoliate plants over time. Their larvae frequently attack the roots of plants, compounding the damage.
These and other pests are common sights in flower, vegetable and herb gardens, and they have the ability to cause extensive damage. Unfortunately, removing them safely can be a difficult and time-consuming affair. If you suspect your garden may be under attack by these or other common pests, contact Clegg’s online. Or you can call on the phone at 888-672-5344 for a complete evaluation of your home or business.