Garden Pests

There are a number of common garden pests that can invade your plants and do serious damage. They are generally at their peak in summer so reduce the likelihood of pest infestations by keeping your plants healthy; feed them with fertiliser and water regularly. Your plants will be more resistant to any insect attack if they are in good condition. Seaweed products which are nutrient-rich can assist plants to repel most pest invasions. Alternatively, you can choose to spray with a common pesticide or low-impact systemic spray. Always read the label to ensure the pesticide you buy will control the specific pests invading your plants.

Some of the common garden pests you may come across are:

  • Aphids
  • Caterpillars
  • Scale
  • Thrips
  • Whitefly
  • Red spider mite
  • Two-spotted mites

There are many suitable pesticides available to combat these pests and many kill more than one type of pest. You may also wish to try a natural method of pest control if you decide not to use pesticides.Snails and slugs can also do extensive damage in your garden, particularly in the milder, wetter months. There are a number of snail baits that are very effective in combating both snails and slugs. Read the label carefully as some baits contain chemicals which, if ingested, may be harmful to children, animals and birds. Be sure to keep the bait in a safe place until you are ready to apply it. Do not heap the bait but sprinkle lightly around the affected area; this will be enough to do the job while minimising any hazard to birds or animals.