The spring is finally here and that means that it is time to take the fun outdoors. The great thing about the warmer weather is all the activities that were put on hold during the cold winter. When the weather warms up one of the things that many people get started on is gardening! This is a great way to add some beautiful flowers that bring extra spruce to your home. It is also a great time to plant veggies and fruits that can be enjoyed throughout the entire spring and summer. The problem that comes with gardening is pests come along too. The pests that are found in your garden can be good for it but there are many kinds of pests that are a danger to your plants.
A-Tex Pest Management lists the most common pests you might find in your garden this spring.
Caterpillars are One of the Most Common Insect Garden Pests Found on Plants: There are many types of caterpillars species that can be found in gardens all over the state of Texas. No matter the kind of caterpillar that you have in your garden, they all do the same thing. They eat away at the plant’s leaves and they are then left without a way to continue to grow and develop the fruits, vegetables or flowers that you were hoping for. Caterpillars tend to blend in well with their surroundings and will hide under leaves in the shady part to eat. If you start to see holes in the leaves in your garden you may have caterpillars.
Pillbugs Are Bad for Your Garden: A pillbug is also called a roly-poly and is not actually an insect or a bug but is a crustacean that lives on the land. The roly-poly got its name because it rolls up in a ball as a defense mechanism. They are pretty small and don’t move very quickly but can cause some serious damage. They are known to feed in the night on plants during the springtime and when the plants start to die and decay they will feed on that too!
Aphids Can Damage Plants & Attract other Pests: An aphid is one of the hardest pests to find in your garden. Not because they are not there but because they are small and very well camouflaged in the plant. They hide in groups on the underside of the leaf and stay pretty still. They may go unnoticed until you see that the plant is starting to die off. The aphid will feed on the sap and will leave a honeydew behind that also attacks other pests such as ants.