Many people love gardening either as a hobby or for commercial reasons. Whatever the reason is for gardening; your plants are precious and need protection from bugs. Pests can cause serious harm to your plants. Immediate action should be taken to mitigate the danger posed by these bugs. You will find different kinds of bugs in your garden. Each one of them attacks a given plant. You need to identify the pests and their preferred plants so that you are able to tackle them. The following are some common pests you are likely to find in your garden.
The beetles are red and blue-black with yellow and blue covers for the wings. Their larvae are gray with a black head. They mainly attack the stems and leaves of asparagus where the beetles also lay their eggs. Plant your asparagus alongside tomatoes. These beetles do not like tomatoes. Birds, duck and chicken also feed on these beetles but might ruin your plants in the process.
Cabbage maggots can wreck havoc on a number of plants in your garden. Apart from cabbages, they also love broccoli, radishes, turnips, cauliflower, celery and beets. Their larvae attack turnips, rutabagas and Brussels sprouts. The maggots come from the soil at the beginning of spring. They come in the form of tiny gray flies. They lay white eggs on the soil at the base of plants. In less than a week, the eggs hatch small legless maggots that burrow themselves into the soil. Once underground, they attack the roots of their preferred plants. In less than a month, the maggots emerge as flies.
They love to feed on cabbages, lettuce and cauliflower. It is easy to tell their presence because their larvae fed on leaves of plants leaving ragged holes. Look out for brownish or gray-green chrysalides suspended on different objects close to your cabbages. In early spring beautiful white butterflies emerge. The butterflies have spots on the wings. The butterflies lay yellow eggs on the underside of leaves in the garden. After about one week, smooth green caterpillars are hatched. The caterpillars feed on leaves for the next couple of weeks before they pupate. Plants such as tomatoes, garlic, sage and onions can be planted together with the vulnerable plants to help keep cabbage worms at bay.
It attacks other vegetables and fruits in addition to corn. Beans, tomatoes and bell peppers are also prone to attacks from the corn borer. The larvae of the corn borer are found in old stalks. They are black spotted caterpillars measuring about one inch in length. Early in summer they turn into adulthood. The adult of the corn borer is a yellow brown moth. The moths lay their white eggs on the underside of leaves which then hatch into the devastating larvae. Larvae can be destroyed by hand. Any stalks harbouring eggs or young larvae should be destroyed. Unless preventive measures are taken against these destructive pests, your plants will be destroyed before you enjoy the fruits of your labour. You can find simple and effective ways of dealing with these pests without having to use chemicals.