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The Most Common Garden Pests

Posted on October 21st, 2013 by Panther Pest Control Team
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If you notice that the plants in your garden are attacked by pests there are a number of things that you can do. It is not advisable to go for chemical substances to fight garden pests – such products can do more harm than good. Try searching for environmentally friendly solutions, or if you want the most effective strategy possible, call an exterminator. But first of all, you should identify the exact kind of pests that have invaded your garden. Below you will find a list of the most common pests which might torment your precious plants:

Gall mites

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Abnormal growth is usually caused by those really small mites that are red in colour. Some deformations like matted hairs on leaves, or enlarged buds are not that dangerous and unless your whole garden is infested you can leave the small creatures be.

Larvae of various kinds

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Flies, moths, sawflies and beetles nest their eggs in the leaves of your plants. The larvae feed on the leaves, causing internal damage to their structure that is clearly visible from the outside.

Codling moth

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This one is the most common cause for maggots infesting your apples. It requires treatment with several special products like bifenthrin at least twice in midsummer.

Winter moth

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The damage caused by moths is easily detected on the leaves of fruit trees at the beginning of the spring. They eat the plant leaves leaving many small holes on their entire surface.

Scale insects

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You can easily conclude that scale insects have infested your garden, when you notice that there are blisters and shell like bumps on the back of the leaves. This is a serious matter, since it hampers the growth of your plants and thus the issue should be treated carefully. Wash any mould that is visible on the leaves and apply horticultural oil.

Viburnum beetle

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The mature species, as well as the larvae of this kind of insect feed on the leaves of your garden plants. Their presence is easily detectable, since they leave small holes on the leaves. They slow down the growth of your plants and they also make your plants look far from beautiful, so you need to use bifenthrin or thiacloprid to fight them.