Insect pests in the garden can be a nightmare, especially when they're seeking out your plants as an appetizer or breeding ground. The following articles provide information on some of the most common of these problematic insects and what you can do to both prevent and rid them of your garden plots. Read on to learn more.
By Raffaele Di Lallo, Author and founder of Ohio Tropics houseplant care blog
Thrips indoors are not as common as thrips on outdoor plants, but they do occur and it is important to take care of them before the damage becomes too difficult to deal with. It is best to identify them early in order to have the best chance in getting rid of them. Learn more here.
Managing pests in the south requires vigilance and recognizing good bugs from bad bugs. By keeping an eye on your plants and vegetables, you can catch problems before they become a full-blown infestation. Click here for tips on how to manage pests in southern regions.
For home fruit growers, blister mite damage is usually cosmetic, but problems for commercial fruit growers can be significant. Click on the following article for more information and learn how to control blister mites in your garden.
Many types of nematodes are beneficial for gardeners, helping to process and decompose plant matter for healthy plant growth. Unfortunately, root lesion nematodes are anything but helpful. Learn how to prevent lesion nematodes in this article.
You may never have heard of stunt nematodes, but that doesn’t mean that these microscopic worms aren’t affecting you. If you’re looking for a description of stunt nematode symptoms, plus a few tips on stunt nematode control, then this article can help.
One square foot of soil in your garden probably has one million of nematode worms. As a gardener, it is important to know which nematodes are bad for plants and cause damage. Most are not only harmless but actually helpful. Learn which are bad in this article.
You can have fun if you use toilet paper rolls as pest control in the garden. How to stop pests with toilet paper rolls? It’s ingenious but simple. Click here for all you need to know about cardboard tube pest control, including protecting plants with toilet paper rolls.
When adding new crops, it is important that growers familiarize themselves with any possible or preventable issues that may be common. This is especially true with grain crops and their susceptibility to hessian fly infestations. Click here for info on hessian fly management.
Have you ever had the sensation something is biting you but when you look, nothing is apparent? This may be the result of no-see-ums. What are no-see-ums? Click this article for important biting midge info, including tips on controlling no-see-um pests.
You are just as likely to find roaches in the garden as indoors. Outdoor roach problems can soon become indoor roach problems, which means that garden roach control should be a priority. Learn how to kill cockroaches in the garden with info from this article.
Troublesome pests like pin nematodes may be difficult to detect without prior suspicion of their presence. Awareness of pin nematode symptoms may help in determining whether or not this may be an issue in the home garden. Learn more about the pests in this article.
Though aphids are most commonly found the leaves and stems, another type of aphid can be found below the soil surface. These root aphids attack the root system of plants and can cause quite a bit of trouble for growers. Learn about root aphid treatment in this article.
Although pink citrus rust mite pests may be a pretty color, there is nothing cute about these destructive insects. Anyone growing citrus in a home orchard should be able to recognize pink citrus mite damage. If you need more information, this article will help.
Although they are often found flitting around in the same area, are there differences between the shore fly and fungus gnat or are shore flies and fungus gnats the same? If different, how do you tell fungus gnats and shore flies apart? Find the answers in this article.
While they feed on algae rather than the crops, growers and gardeners battle shore flies aggressively. If you want to know more about shore fly damage, click here. We’ll give you information on shore fly control and tips on how to get rid of shore flies.
Various types of inchworms are found in and near the home garden. These pests are responsible for damage in both vegetable gardens and home orchards. By knowing the signs to look for, gardeners are better able to defend against future damage. Learn more here.
There are probably hundreds of insects that plague our gardens daily, but the most common plant pests seem to do the most damage. Once you recognize these bugs, you can start taking steps to protect your plants with effective control. This article will get you started.
By Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden
Large, irregular rips and tears in the foliage? You may be seeing spanworm damage. “What are spanworms and how do I go about getting rid of spanworms before they strike again?” Learn more about spanworms, their sneaky habits, and spanworm control here.
Starting and maintaining a garden is exciting and rewarding but can also be frustrating when fireworm pests wreak havoc on plantings. Recognizing the signs and symptoms of infestation is the first step to a healthy growing space. Learn more here.
True scavengers that love meat and sweet food, yellowjackets are a real nuisance at outdoor get-togethers. They become even meaner when colonies are large and food is scarce. So, how to manage yellowjacket pests? Click this article for helpful tips.
Melons, squash, cucumbers, and other members of the cucurbit family are susceptible to infestation with nematodes. Cucurbits with nematodes may suffer varying degrees of crop loss, and management strategies are important for control. This article can help with that.
What is a spotted snake millipede? Does Blaniulus guttulatus cause damage in gardens? If so, is there a spotted snake millipede control? The following article contains the answers to these questions and other Blaniulus guttulatus millipede information.
Armored scale insects are hiding under your nose right now and you probably don?t even know it. These master mimics are everywhere, but you can learn how to detect and eliminate them from your plants in this article. Click here to learn more.
Lumps, bumps and weird cottony fluff on your plants are more than just some strange coincidence, they?re probably soft scale insects! Don?t worry, we have the answers to your burning soft scale questions. Click this article to learn more.
It?s amazing how many tiny things can live on a tree, without anyone really ever noticing. Such is the case of the Eriophyid mite, the cause of spindle galls on your tree leaves. Take a look at this article for more information about them and how they affect your plants.
Did you know that you can actually deter moths with herbs indoors? Your very own dried herbs are great alternatives to toxic, stinky mothballs and will help you keep moths out of the house and away from your clothing and linens. Learn more in this article.
Most scorpion stings to adults are not life threatening but the pain is enough for you to consider scorpion control to prevent pets and children from getting hurt by these arthropods. Learn ways to rid the garden and other areas of scorpions in this article.
What is a glassy winged sharpshooter? This harmful pest is a type of large leafhopper that feeds on fluids in tissues of various plants. Learn about managing glassy winged sharpshooters and tips on how to prevent transmission of dangerous plant diseases here.
Inside the roots of plants in the Acacia family, fat white grubs can be harvested that are called witchetty grubs. What are witchetty grubs? Click here for some interesting witchetty grub information and some thoughts on how to prevent their injurious activity in your plants.
Jack jumper ants may have a humorous name, but there?s nothing funny about these aggressive jumping ants. In fact, jack jumper ant stings can be extremely painful, and in some cases, downright dangerous. Click this article to learn more.
Diaspididae scale is commonly known as hard scale and is a more host specific insect. Coccid scale is commonly known as soft scale and is more widespread. As it is the more common scale, this article will discuss soft scale on plants and coccid scale control.
Maybe you?ve tried to grow carrots, but they came out knobby and twisted. Or maybe your potatoes were covered in warts and galls. If so, your garden may have a nematode problem. Learn more about controlling nematodes with plants in this article.
If your plants are attacked by two-spotted mites, you are going to want to take some action to protect them. What are two-spotted spider mites? They are mites that infest hundreds of different plant species. For more information, click on the following article.
It's surprising that such tiny creatures as spider mites can have such a big impact on trees. Even the largest tree can sustain serious damage. Find out what to do about spider mites in trees with the information found in this article.
Billbugs are destructive insects that can ruin a lawn. The grubs begin feeding in the grass stems, gradually working their way down to the roots, killing the grass blade by blade. Find out about billbug lawn treatment in this article.
The common names of bugs can give useful information about the type of damage they might do to your plants. Twig girdler beetles are a great example. As the names suggests, these insect pests chew the bark around small branches. Learn how to control them here.
The downside of standing water in rain barrels is that it makes an ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes. However, there are a number of ways of preventing mosquitoes in rain barrels. Click this article for a few helpful suggestions.
What are kermes scale pests? Kermes scale are aggressive sap-sucking pests that can cause significant damage in oak trees. Treating kermes scale on plants is attained by a variety of methods. Learn about kermes scale control in this article.
Small branches and cleanly cut twigs on the ground around a tree may indicate a problem with twig pruner beetles. The beetles attack many types of trees. Find out about identifying and controlling twig pruner beetles in this article.
Cicada bugs emerge every 13 or 17 years to terrorize trees and the people who care for them. Are your trees at risk? Cicadas can damage trees, but not in the ways you might think. Learn how to minimize cicada damage to trees in this article.
Between medical costs, property damage, and the cost of insecticides to treat for fire ants, these tiny insects cost Americans more than 6 billion dollars each year. Find out how to control fire ants in this article. Click here for more information.
Greenflies are simply another name for aphids - tiny pests that wreak havoc in gardens and farms around the world. This article contains information on their damage and what you can do to rid them of your garden. Click here to learn more.
The first Japanese beetles to appear become scouts for others, notifying the rest of the adults by marking territory for them to follow. These advance scout beetles basically run reconnaissance on your garden. Find out how to control them here.
Tortrix moth caterpillars are small, green caterpillars that roll themselves snugly in plant leaves and feed inside the rolled leaves. The pests affect a variety of ornamental and edible plants, both outdoors and indoors. Click here for more information.
Capsid insects feed on plant sap and damage is most common on plant tips in woody or herbaceous plants. Early capsid control is essential to preserving the foliage and fruit of your trees and shrubs. This article will help with that.
Controlling aphids with plants is an easy and effective practice that anyone can do. Use the information found in this article to learn more about plants that naturally repel aphids as well as trap plants for aphid pests.
When you kill a blister beetle by crushing it against your skin, a poison in the beetle's body causes a painful blister. The blisters are only the beginning of the many problems that these insects cause. In this article, you'll learn about blister beetle control.
Keeping your yard and garden flea free sometimes seems like Mission Impossible. If nothing seems to work for you, take a few minutes to understand what makes these fierce little pests tick. This article focuses on flea control for gardens.
Named for their skill at jumping short distances, planthoppers can destroy plants when their populations are high. They also transmit pathogenic microorganisms that cause plant diseases. Find out about planthopper control in this article.
Bees and flowers are combo linked by nature and there is very little you can do to separate the two of them. Flowering plants rely on bees to do the necessary pollen transfer to help them reproduce. If you are still thinking about deterring bees with plants by finding flowers bees don?t like, read on.
If you?ve never read any golden nematode information, you might not know about golden nematodes in gardens. Golden nematodes are among the world?s most damaging pests of potato plants and other plants in the nightshade family. Learn more here.
If you have a problem with withering and browning fruit, the culprit may be the spotted winged drosophila. This little fruit fly can ruin a crop, but we have the answers. Find the information you need on spotted winged drosophila control in this article.
Your lawn is looking pretty scruffy about midsummer, and you?re wondering about leatherjackets - those ugly-looking pests you may see pushing up through dead patches and dried up turf. Learn more in this article.
What are boxelder bugs? Boxelder bugs are major nuisances around the house but, fortunately, boxelder bugs in gardens are relatively harmless. Click this article to learn more about boxelder bugs, including a few tips for boxelder bug control.
What are chinch bugs? These insect pests are known to plague turf grass across North America. There is a species for almost every climate and their activities cause irreparable damage to lawns. Click this article to learn more.
Have you ever grown garlic or onions and been distressed to see that the plant has stunted gnarled, yellow streaked leaves? You are probably looking at wheat curl mite damage. What are wheat curl mites? Click this article to learn more.
Generally, katydids in the garden nibble leaves but do not do serious garden damage. You?ll need to get a few more katydid facts to determine whether to try to get rid of them. This article provides more information about katydids.
Also known as figeater beetles or green June beetles, fig beetles are large, metallic green beetles that dine on corn, flower petals, nectar and soft-skinned fruits. Figeater beetles can cause extensive injury in home lawns and gardens. Learn about their control here.
Tortoise beetles are small, oval, turtle-shaped beetles that survive by chewing their way through the foliage of various plants. Click on this article for more information and tips on tortoise beetle control.
Depending upon where you are reading this, you may already be familiar with rosemary beetle pests. If you live for fresh herbs in your cooking, you?ll want to know about managing rosemary beetles. This article will help.
Homemade wasp trap instructions abound on the internet or you can also purchase ready-made versions. These easy-to-assemble traps simply catch the wasps and drown them. Learn how to make a homemade wasp trap in this article.
Pests that eat your plants leave telltale signs in their chewing patterns, meaning you can easily figure out what you?re up against and fight back accordingly. This article has more information that can help.
Ticks are nasty little pests that feed on the blood of vertebrates - including you and your pets. If you?re anxious to learn about preventing ticks or you want to know how to get rid of ticks, this article has more information.
Controlling ants in the lawn becomes important where their hill building causes root damage to grass and unsightly mounds. Knowing how to control ants in lawns begins with some information that you can find in this article. Click here to learn more.
Sweat bees are often seen flying around the garden with a heavy load of pollen on their back legs. Don't let the fear of sweat bee stings keep you out of your garden. Find out how to control sweat bees and avoid stings in this article.
There are few things that can match a forest fire for sheer destructive force on trees - with exception to the bark beetle, which can eat its way through stands of trees. You should keep an eye on new holes in your trees? surfaces. This article will help.
Gardening is all fun and games until the insects show up to spoil your landscape. Find out how to manage a common beetle pest, the black vine weevil, in this informative article. Click here to learn more these insects and their control.
Darkling beetles get their name from their habit of hiding during the day and coming out to feed at night. This article will help you identify and control these pesky insects. Click here to get more information about darkling beetles.
If you live in the eastern or southern parts of the United States, there?s little doubt that you?re familiar with the. So do cicadas damage plants? Experts offer mixed opinions on the subject. Read this article to learn more.
Leaf problems abound in the home landscape but nothing is more puzzling than the causes of skeletonization. The reasons for skeletonizing leaves may stem from insect or disease and occasionally chemical injury. Click this article for more info.
Although many of the bugs in the garden can be easily distinguished as friend or foe, the leaf footed bug is not among them. These sometimes problematic insects require careful observation so you can clearly say if they?re harming your garden plants. Learn more here.
Midges are tiny flies that have a big impact on your garden plants. They are destructive insects that can prevent flowers from blooming and form unsightly knots on plant stems and leaves. Read here for information on blossom midge control.
Kissing bugs feed like mosquitoes: by sucking blood from humans and warm-blooded animals. People don?t normally feel the bite, but the results can be devastating. Find out how to get rid of kissing bugs in this article.
Snails and slugs are a gardener?s worst enemies. Their feeding habits can decimate the vegetable garden and ornamental plants. Prevent future generations by identifying eggs of slugs or snails. What do slug and snail eggs look like? Read this article to learn more.
Invisible and evil, chiggers can make the summer unbearable with the itching they cause, especially when you?re out in the garden. Learn how to manage chiggers and deal with their bites in this article.
Ants herd and care for aphids in order to keep a much loved food in constant supply. Aphids and ants on plants are as interdependent as peanut butter and jelly. Learn more about this relationship in this article.
Slugs are capable of wreaking havoc in the garden, and even potted plants aren?t safe. Slugs eating potted plants are easily spotted by the silvery trail they leave behind, and by the round, chewed holes in the foliage. Learn more here.
Armyworms in gardens are no fun, but if you keep a close eye on the activity among the veggies, you'll quickly have them under control. The information in this article will help, so click here to learn more.
For those of you whose garden is being decimated by crickets - or for those who just can?t get any sleep due to their singing - the question becomes ?how to kill crickets?? Read this article to find out.
If you spy what looks like a giant mosquito, don't panic - it's only a crane fly. Though beneficial decomposers, crane flies and lawn damage also go hand in hand. Learn how to control them in this article.
Before you spray for psyllids, read this article so you better understand the difference between harmless psyllids and the psyllid pests that pose a real threat to your plants. Click here to learn more.
Although they may give you a scare, cicada killer wasps are actually beneficial garden insects, only inflicting painful stings as a last resort. So exactly what are cicada killers wasps? Read here to learn more.
So your once beautiful plant is now covered with unsightly galls. What you may be seeing is eriophyid mite damage. So what are eriophyid mites? Read here to learn about eriophyid mites on plants and their control.
If you are seeing signs of curled, yellow leaves, tiny webs or just sickly plants, you might have a nearly invisible foe. Mites are hard to see with the naked eye, but this article has information that will help.
Cup moths are Australian insects that feed on eucalyptus foliage. Voracious feeders, a severe infestation can defoliate a tree in no time. Learn more about these pests and their control in this article.
Those pesky little flies that seem to flood your kitchen from time to time are known as fruit flies or vinegar flies. They are not only a nuisance but can carry harmful bacteria. Find tips for controlling them here.
Although our tendency may be to kill spiders, even common garden spiders, they can actually be very beneficial. For those who are squeamish, remedies for spiders in gardens are helpful. Learn more here.
Although woolly aphid populations rarely get large enough to harm most plants, the distorted and curled leaves they cause and leave behind can certainly become unsightly. Find out how to control them here.
By Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden
Sow bug control in the garden is a tricky process, as the bugs like moisture and gardens cannot exist without water. Good cultural practices can help reduce sow bugs in the garden, and this article will help.
Fungus gnats are not a common houseplant pest, but when these little fly like creatures invade your houseplant?s soil, they can become a serious nuisance. Read this article to learn how to get rid of fungus gnats.
Considered as one of the most devastating insect pests, especially in eastern parts of the United States, American Japanese beetles love to feed on garden plants. Look at how get rid of Japanese beetles here.
Leaf miner damage is unsightly and, if left untreated, can end up causing serious damage to a plant. Taking steps to rid plants of leaf miners will improve their overall health. Learn how to kill leaf miners in this article.
While wasps are often seen as pests, they?re actually important for the garden as both predatory insects and pollinators. That being said, the use of wasp deterrent is occasionally necessary. Learn more here.
If cutworms are attacking your seedlings, you’ll want to know how to get rid of cutworms. Control of cutworms is possible with a little know-how. For more information on how to kill cutworm pests in the garden, this article can help.
One of the most common household or yard pests has got to be the common ant. They like sweets and, if they don't find them in your gardens, they will come inside and find what they need. Learn more here.
Red spider mites are a garden pest that affects a wide variety of plants. Once you get an infestation, you will find them everywhere, so it is important to take care of the infestation quickly. Learn more here.
Tent worms are more of an eyesore or slight nuisance rather than an actual threat. However, getting rid of tent caterpillars is occasionally necessary. The information in this article will help with that.
Lawn grubs live in the soil eating grass roots and leaving your yard brown and unsightly. Taking care of the problem is a matter of how to detect them and when to apply grub worm treatment. This article will help.
Root weevils are a plant pest both indoors and outdoors. Identifying and controlling root weevil in your garden and houseplants can keep your plants from suffering unnecessary damage. This article will help.
Squirming gray or yellowish white worms on root crops mean you have vegetable root maggots. These root eating insects can cause some serious damage to your plants. Learn how to control them in this article.
Slugs are one of the most damaging pests in the garden. Understanding a few facts about slugs can help you kill garden slugs in your garden before they wreak havoc on your plants. This article will help.
Whiteflies are the bane of nearly all indoor gardeners. Effectively controlling whiteflies begins with familiarity of their life cycles, including various species. The following article can help with that.
Getting rid of aphids is no easy task. Large masses of them seem to appear overnight and without quick treatment, they can overwhelm and kill a plant. Look at a few organic control of aphids in this article.
Garden snails are kissing cousins to the nefarious slug that also terrorizes gardens. Tips on how to control garden snails can be found in the following article, so read here for additional information.
Nothing can ruin the beauty of a lovely flower vine faster than a parade of little black ants crawling all over the blossoms, and the same goes for your other flowers and vegetables. Learn more in this article.
Not all bugs are bad; in fact, there are many insects that are beneficial to the garden so consider keeping them around. Find out the best way to draw these beneficial bugs to your garden in this article.