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5 Ways to Spot Pest Infestations in the Lawn and Garden

Wednesday, July 24, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lauren Middleton
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Pests in the lawn and garden can often by hard to spot. Your lawn and garden will often be in serious trouble before you even notice. These pests move in quickly and often cause destruction and devastation for plants and seedlings. There are, however, ways to spot these pests before they cause major damage. Spotting and treating them ahead of time will often help your lawn and garden survive these pest infestations. Here are 5 ways to spot pest infestations in the lawn and garden. 

 

 

5 Ways to Spot Pest Infestations in the Lawn and Garden

 

1.One of the most common signs of a pest problem is holes chewed in plant leaves. If the leaves are in the middle, they are often caused Japanese Beetles. They chew the leaf veins which turns the plants into literal skeletons. Irregular chewed holes can be caused by aphids and grasshoppers. Holes in the leaves of tomato plants are often caused by Tomato Hornworms. They can easily devastate plants in a single day.

 

2. If you see a lot of ladybugs you can often use that as an indicator that you have an aphid problem. Aphids eat ladybugs pretty frequently. Aphids often feed on young seedlings as well so make sure you trap and spray for them efficiently. 

 

3. Another common type of garden pest is a Spider Mite. These small insects cause pale yellow spots on leaves. Spider Mites often suck sap and can cause stunted growth in young plants.

 

4. The presence of several wilted and dying seedlings can be indication that your garden is infested with Cutworms. These worms will often eat young tomatoes, broccoli, kale, cabbage, and others. Cutworms are larval caterpillars of grey moths. 

 

5. If your lawn or garden has silver trails of slime, chances are you have a snail or slug problem. These creatures often eat every vegetable in the garden they can get their mouths on. You can always apply a safe pesticide to take care of the slugs, or try to attract their predators, such as birds to your garden. 

 

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