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Common Garden Pests

Japanese beetle eating leaf is a common garden pests

How to identifying common garden pests and eliminate them.

If you have plants then at some point you have had or will have garden pests. Some pests aren't bad by themselves but large infestations can totally wipe out your plant or all the plants in your garden.

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If only a small infestation is present, spraying your plants with a blast from your water hose can help control the pests.

Identifying pests can sometimes be difficult so knowing what to look for can help with eliminating them.

I try to use all natural ways to get rid of pests in my gardens because even though pesticides work they will also eliminate beneficial insects as well. That is always something to keep in mind.

Here are some of the most common garden pests you may encounter.

Get rid of Japanese Beetles

Japanese Beetle

These green and copper looking beetles will eat your leaves until they look like skeletons with only the veins of the leaves remaining.

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Getting rid of Aphids


These small soft-body pests suck the sap out of your plants and leave honeydew behind that attracts ants and can drop off trees and onto your car, and outdoor furniture.

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How to get rid of Mealybugs


These little white cotton-like bugs can destroy your plants by sucking the sap out of the leaves which make them turn yellow and die. 

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Help to get rid of Earwigs


These garden pests do not hurt humans but they will eat your plants. If you find holes in the leaves, then earwigs might be the cause.

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Get rid of slugs on your plants


These slimy little pests will leave holes in the leaves of your plant during the night and hide during the day.

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More Common Garden Pests

How to get rid of Caterpillars


Caterpillars love to munch on leaves making your plant look unhealthy. 

How to get rid of Spider Mites

Spider Mites

Found on both houseplants and outdoor plants, these microscope pests will suck the sap out of the leaves and eventually they turn yellow and drop off the plant and eventually kill the plant.

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Get rid of Leaf Miners

Leaf Miners

If you see wiggly lines through the leaves of your plant, then you have leaf miners. 

They are larva from wasps, sawflies, and flies and live inside the leaves.

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Control whiteflies

White Flies

These soft bodied, winged pests love to suck the sap out of leaves and leave behind honeydew that attracts ants and can drip from the leaves onto anything that is under them.

Garden Insect Pests

There are a lot of ways to deal with garden insect pests if they become harmful to your plants. 

Do you use all natural remedies like dish soap and water or do you use insecticides? And on which garden pest?

Do you have other garden pests not listed here? How do you eliminate them?

What is your best way to rid your garden of pests? 

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Identifying and dealing with garden pests is something every gardener has to do at some point. How are you dealing with the pests that invade YOUR garden?

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