Garden pests such as insects and animals can cause a huge amount of damage to anything that is growing in the garden. Nothing is more frustrating than having your hard work destroyed by unwelcome guests.

Garden pests come in all shapes and sizes from the smallest creepy crawly to something the size of a deer and they can damage or destroy a small section or a whole plant. Every gardener will have to deal with a variety of these garden pests at one time or another.

Firstly, you should always ensure that you buy strong healthy plants and grow them in good well-cultivated soil so that garden pests will be less of a problem.

It should be remembered that some creatures and bugs are beneficial such as toads, ladybugs, lacewings, and spiders, which prey on plant-eating insects, and should be encouraged.

two ladybugs on a plant eating aphids
Ladybugs will eat the aphids that are damaging your plants.

If you use a broad-spectrum pesticide to control your garden pests you will also kill the beneficial ones too, so try to avoid this. Instead, many garden pests can be treated with organic pest control measures or by companion planting. This is also a much better way of ensuring the health and safety of your family, pets and the environment.

To make it easier a beneficial bugs garden packs are sold in many stores that can control 250 pests naturally all season long.

Try to eliminate garden pests before you can see any damage to plants. Once you notice holes in leaves or fruit the garden pests have done their evil work! Examine your plants regularly and don’t wait for them to show any problems. Early identification of garden pests is essential to providing the correct solution and enjoying healthy plants.

two live snails on leaves in the grass
Snails will eat the healthy leaves on your plants.

Some common garden pests are:

  • Ants
  • Aphids
  • Birds
  • Caterpillars
  • Deer
  • Pets
  • Slugs and Snails

For a complete problem-solving guide to keeping your garden and yard healthy without chemicals see The Organic Gardener’s Handbook of Natural Insect and Disease Control.

Author

Hi, my name is Janie Blackford. I have been gardening in my South Carolina hometown for over 2 decades. You can learn more about me here.