To solve and get rid of any pest problem, you must first indentify the garden pests. On this page you'll find information on the most common garden pests and photos to help with identifying garden pests.
Other good sources for diagnostic help include your local rose societies and nurseries specializing in roses
or other plants such as vegetables and tomatoes.
There are several ways to deal with pest problems. Once you notice a pest, closely monitor the situation to see if the insect population is increasing or causing more damage.
You can often stop a minor pest infestaion with simple treatments, such as daily blasts with your garden hose nozzle, or handpicking individual insects. Lower impact pest products such as Insecticidal Soap and Neem Oil are effective on a number of insect garden pests.
They also multiply rapidly and can cause severe pest infestation that will disfigure and ruin flowers and leaves. Aphids also excrete a sticky fluid, called honeydew, that attracts ants. The sticky fluid often becomes covered with a sooty mold, a black fungus.
Check for aphids regularly and blast them off with your garden nozzle. For very heavy infestations, treat with
insecticidal soap. Repeat if necessary.
Caterpillars leave behind round or irregular holes in leaves and buds of roses and other plants, and may chew off entire leaves and buds.
To treat, spray infected plants every seven days with Bacillus Thuringiensis, until gone.
Japanese Beetles are mostly found in the Eastern part of United States, but can be found in nearby states also.
Japanese beetles are best treated in the larva stage, a white grub that lives in the soil of lawns and also does
damage to lawns. There are several biological controls available. Check with your garden centers.
They most often start on new foilage, but they can spread to cover the entire plant, which will kill it. Hot, dry weather favors their infestation.
Identifying garden pests like Spidermites can be hard, since they are barely visible to the naked eye. Spraying the underside of rose leaves
or other leaves they infest, daily with a blast of water may reduce their numbers. In fact if you catch them
early, it often takes care of it. So inspect your plants often. They go for indoor plants as well. You
can also use insecticidal soap or Neem oil.
Severe Thrip infestations will deform buds and cause the failure to open. Thrips also do damage to foilage, especially the new growth.
They feed on many plants including grass, so they can be hard to catch and treat. Monitor your roses often for signs of damage. Collect a rose flower, and shake it over a white paper. Thrips will appear as tiny yellow-brown flecks moving across the paper.
Because they hide inside buds and flowers, they are hard to treat. So prune off and destroy Thrip-infested
flowers and buds.
In the picture above the Hornworm is chowing down newly formed bell peppers. They also like tomatoes and cucumbers. Come to think of it, they like all vegetables.
The best way is to inspect your vegetable patch often and hand pick them off. They mostly come out at ningt, so that's the time to take action against these garden pests.