Ways To Control Common Garden Pests

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Gardens provide a haven for a number of wildlife and insects. However, this also means the unwelcome arrival of various garden pests. From snail, slugs, rats and more, if left unchecked can prove detrimental to the health and aesthetic of your garden. 

In this post, we will discuss the top ways to help identify, prevent and control common pests in your garden. 

Types of Garden Pests

Most of the time, pollinators and predatory insects keep destructive pests in check. However, the may balance shift and a plant can sustain enough damage that you’ll want to take action. Common garden pests in Australia include:

  • Aphids
  • Caterpillars and worms
  • Flea beetles
  • Japanese beetles
  • Mealybugs
  • Slugs and Snails

Does Your Garden Have A Pest Problem?

Unfortunately, every garden will suffer from a pest infestation at one point or another. The trick is to nip the problem in the bud. However, identifying a pest problem can be difficult until it is too late. Here is what to look out for.

  • Large holes in leaves
  • Dying and curling leaves
  • Excess slime trails
  • Excess snail shells
  • Stem damage at soil level
  • Mottled leaves
  • Excess bug eggs and droppings

Repel Garden Pests with Plants

Many plants have natural pest-repelling properties. As such, growing these throughout the garden can help prevent and control pest invasions.  Here are some of the best plants to repel your garden pests.

  • Catnip prevents aphids, beetles, caterpillars and shield bugs.
  • Dill prevents aphids, caterpillars, shield bugs and spider mites.
  • Mint prevents aphids, beetles, caterpillars, shield bugs and whiteflies.
  • Nasturtium prevents aphids, beetles, caterpillars and shield bugs.

Control Garden Pests with Predators

Attracting natural predators is another easy and simple solution to treat garden pests. These can include other bugs, birds and wildlife. Depending on the species and predator there are a number of ways to attract pest eating predators – From natural ponds and water features to flowers, bug hides and bird feeders.

Kill Garden Pests with Natural Sprays

Chemical sprays and insecticides will not only eliminate garden pests but can also harm the good insets and wildlife that promote the health of your garden. By using natural, organic sprays, you can achieve the same results with less harm to the environment and your garden.

Regular Garden Maintenance

Finally, it is important to carry out regular lawn care and maintenance. This not only helps to remove pests but also encourages the growth of new flora and fauna that can help repel these insects.

By removing dead and dying plants, trimming overgrown bushes and maintaining your lawn are all great ways to keep your garden looking good and pest free.

Taking Care Of Your Garden

By taking care of your lawn, you can help keep the number of pests under control. But, for many of us, we simply do not have the time, knowledge and equipment to effectively do so. Surf N Turf are professional lawn care experts with years of hands-on experience in the gardening industry. Get in touch today!

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