Don’t become the victim of plant pests! By making yourself aware of the summer’s most common garden pests and the signs and symptoms of their attack, you will be able to avoid them more easily and keep your plants safe. Here are the top four bugs that can be found in your garden:
Top 4 Summer Garden Pests
1. Spider mites: These tiny pests leave silvery spots on leaves. Many spider mites produce webbing on the undersides of leaves or, in severe cases, draped between leaves and stems. Plants that have been attacked by spider mites will have leaves that appear dull, curled or stunted. The discolored leaves will fall from the stems.
2. Scale insects: There are two types of scale — armored and soft. Both types form colored bumps on plant stems, leaves and fruit. Armored scale has a hard outer shell and is capable of killing trees. They target citrus, palms, roses, currants, grapes, and shade trees. Soft scale, on the other hand, has a soft body and don’t usually kill the host. They target citrus and other fruits, ornamental trees and shrubs. If your plant has been infested by scale insects, it will look water-stressed and the leaves will yellow and drop.
3. Whiteflies: These bugs swarm in clouds when infested plants are disturbed. These small flying insects are relatives of aphids and feed by sucking plant juices. Adults whiteflies fly while younger ones feed on the undersides of leaves. Once summer comes around, whiteflies reproduce pretty quickly in the heat. Plants that have been infected by whiteflies will have curled, stunted, and stippled leaves.
4. Grasshoppers: Grasshoppers have big, chewing jaws and will eat just about anything. They feed during the day, eating away at leaves and stems of plants. You know grasshoppers have attacked your plant when its leaves have ragged edges and chewed areas with brown edges.
Once a plant has been taken over by bugs, it can be difficult to get rid of them. But with the help of an insecticide, like Kapow, keeping your plants healthy is much easier. The main ingredient in Kapow, lemongrass oil, is a natural insecticide, which means your not only helping your plant, but you’re keeping your loved ones safe too! When your plants are back to good health, be sure to treat them with Green Thumb regularly to keep them thriving.