Gardens can take a lot of work and the last thing you want is for pests to come in and destroy it. Read more to learn the insects that most commonly invade gardens, and how to discourage them from coming in the first place.
Good Insects vs Bad Insects
Not all insects are harmful to gardens. Some are actually beneficial and naturally help keep bad insect numbers down by eating them or using them to house their offspring.
Beneficial insects include:
- Praying mantises
- Honey bees
To attract these insects to your garden, you can provide them with pollen or nectar-rich plants like dill, marigolds, and sunflowers.
Pests That Threat Gardens
The insects you don’t want to encourage in your garden include:
- Slugs or snails
- Japanese beetles
- Spider Mites
Preventing Garden Pests Naturally
Some pests are hard to get rid of once they’ve infested your garden, so the most useful technique to keeping your garden pest-free is preventing them from nibbling on your plants in the first place. Many pesticides and insecticides can be dangerous, fortunately there are less invasive methods.
- Use row covers: These lightweight fabric sheets cover plants in the garden, protecting them from small pests and insects. They can prevent pollinations, so row covers should be raised while flowers are blooming.
- Use raised beds: With your garden higher than the ground, insects may have a tougher time finding their preferred meal and are more exposed to their predators.
- Contact your local garden store or nursery: Ask for recommendations about all natural products that are available.
- Add companion plants: Some herbs and plants, like garlic or sage, have a strong aroma that works well to keep a variety of insects away.
- Invest in cultivating predators: Wildlife like toads, frogs and hummingbirds eat insects and can also protect your plants. You can attract them near your garden by creating a mini-habitat for them. Think bird boxes and ponds.
Protecting your garden can be a daunting task. If you’ve tried everything you can and pests are still harming your garden, contact the experts at Pioneer Pest Management to learn how we can keep your garden safe and healthy!