The natural way to control garden insect pests and dealing with
garden pests, the most common garden pests, is to use natural, non-toxic products, such as insecticidal soap sprays, hortocultural oils, neem oil and sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) mixtures.
You should respond quickly to garden pests. Once you have Identified the Insects pests, choose the control that's the least likely
to harm the environment and the beneficial insects that help our gardens.
Many other beetles don't do much damage, just a little such as an occasional hole in buds, leaves and petals.
To control Japanese beetles handpick and treat the soil and the lawn, where they originate from, with 'milky
spores'. This is effective for Japanese beetles but not all others. Sppray with Neem oil or a suitable
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THRIPS: These almost invisible garden insects are nasty. They deform and discolor the flower petals by puncturing the petal tissue. They seem to prefer white and light pastel colored flowers.
Plants that are allowed to dry out are the most likely to be attacked, so water your plants regularly. Remove
affected buds, spray with insecticidal soap, Neem oil or a suitable insecticide if the problem is severe.
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Spider Mites increase rapidly in hot, dry weather. Hose off the surface and undersides of leaves with water
regularly to control infestation. Spray with hortocultural oils.
SCALE INSECTS: These garden insect pests are small round to oval scales on rose canes. Scrape off the scales, using a butter knife or other non sharp tool, and spray with insecticidal soap.
ROSE MIDGES: They are small fly lavrae that destroy the tender tips of new groth, causing them to shrivel and turn black.
The best way to deal with Rose Midges is to stop their larvae from pupating in the soil, by laying down
black plasic sheets under the plants. Cover with some bark mulch. Remove affected shoots.Spray with
insecticidal soap on the leaves, or spray plants and the soil with a proper insecticide.
CATERPILLARS and WORMS: They are the larvae of different flying garden insect pests, such as moths. They
chew holes in the leaves and the buds. Look for the leafroller caterpillar inside rolled up leaves. Pick off
and destroy the leaves.
CANE BORERS: These are worms that bore into new growth or freshly pruned canes and consume the inside pith, or flesh, of the canes. New growth will die.
Handpick by cutting off stems and prune back canes to healthy pith. Destroy.