Guest post by Angela Thomas, NY City Pest Control
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One of the most common problems discussed among all vegetable gardeners is about pests and pesticides. Only by identifying problems in your garden, you can come up with solutions accordingly. You must know some of the insects are beneficial to your garden, and some might cause trouble. This infographic describes many of the natural ways of controlling pests in a garden.
The best way to maintain a healthy garden is by learning to identify the pests that cause trouble. The sooner these pests are identified, you will be able to control them organically.
The symptoms of aphids are yellowing, and distortion of leaves; stunted growth and a black sticky substance on the plants. Aphids feed on a wide variety of plants, and if the infestation is severe, plants may even die. Some say they don’t respond well to natural pesticides. But, there are friendly insects that can be attracted to your garden which will prey on them. By planting mint, fennel, dill, yarrow, and dandelions you attract bugs like lacewings and ladybugs, and they will be helpful in wiping out the infestation.
Armyworms are larvae of moths. They are light green in the early stages and dark green or brown when they are fully grown. These worms mainly feed on grasses blades and also eat some vegetables like beans and cabbage. It is hard for them to survive in freezing temperatures but, adults do and their infestation is severe during the summer season. To get rid of them, you have to rely on pesticides or contact pest control services in your vicinity.
- Root Maggots
They have the name root maggots because they attack the roots of vegetables. They are white in color and about ¼ inch long. It is hard to spot the infestation until the damage is done. Damages are in the form of holes or tunnels in the roots or tubers of the plant. If the infestation is severe, the plant will wither or turn yellow. An organic cure is spreading diatomaceous earth around the plants while they are sprouting. Pesticides can also be used, but it will be difficult for the chemicals to react once they affect the roots.
- Asparagus Beetles
Asparagus beetles are orange and black in color and they look similar to ladybugs. They mostly damage asparagus plants and they feed on the tips of the plant. Organic methods must be followed unless the plant is in danger. As soon as you notice them, start handpicking them and toss it into a bucket of soapy water. Neem oil can be applied to the plants. Try to terminate them in the initial stages as they cause serious harm to beneficial insects.
Controlling pests is a round the clock job. Do some research and find out crop varieties that resist common pests in your area. You can also purchase beneficial insects and pets to control pest infestation in your garden. Keep your garden clean by clearing out garbage and dead plants.