How do you recognize which insects are attacking your plants?


Every devoted gardener is afraid that when he visits the garden in the morning, he will not find a scene in which most of the garden has disappeared due to the action of various pests.

Although after that the first reaction of many would be to water the garden with various pesticides as a means of protection, there are still better solutions both for the plants themselves and for the soil in which they grow.

For starters, it’s important to keep in mind that they are most insects inhabiting your garden or completely neutral or even desirable inhabitants of each garden.

Yet how individual insects can represent danger to different types of plants, a good way to control them is to act on whole groups of insects at once, rather than on each pest separately.

In this connection, insects are grouped into several groups, depending on how they attack the plant, or what kind of signature they leave behind.

Leaf-eating insects

This group includes insects that I chew the leaves of plants. The traces that these attackers leave behind are holes as well as worn edges of the leaves. They fall into this category primarily caterpillars, locusts and various species of beetles. Caterpillars, for example, are a consequence of the flight of moths, and your garden is usually not their target at all. However, if they bother you, you can remove them by hand and immerse them in soapy water.

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Insects that suck the sap of plants

The trail they leave behind is faded leaf surface as a consequence of drilling and sucking juices from them. These insects inhabit oak, maple, willow, poplar. Soap and oil are effective for smaller representatives of this group of insects, such as aphids, while for larger ones, such as stink bugs, an insecticide is necessary.

Insects that drill holes

Worms also belong to this group of insects. Holes in tree trunks or shrubs are a sure sign that these pests have inhabited your garden. The damage they create is especially dangerous as it can completely destroy the plant before just damaging it. As worms first attack plants that are under stress, the best defense is to keep the plants in good condition.

Insects that feed on the root

The most obvious signatures of these insects are holes in the bulbs. They are mainly fed by larvae or caterpillars of beetles. The main measure is respect for crop rotation, joint planting, proper watering so that the plants would not be under stress.

Insects that attack the fruit

Caterpillars can eat fruit but also the leaves of plants. These insects can be picked up and manually removed from the garden as well as treated with organic solutions that contain caterpillars that are fatal to caterpillars. stink bug they are insects that endanger the fruit of plants, and we often find them on various types of fruit, but also on tomatoes, peppers, sweet corn and beans. An effective remedy against them are pyrethrum-based solutions.

Leaf aphids, thrips and mites they are among the attackers that endanger the fruit of plants and leave behind yellowish, twisted and distorted leaves, as well as black spots on the leaf mass.

If your garden is not large, sometimes spraying the plants with a jet of plain water may be enough to get rid of these pests, and if you still need a stronger product, soaps can be helpful. in combination with refined oil. In this treatment, it is important to treat the insects with the solution since the soap and oil in combination, suffocate insects. However, as this solution does not have a residual effect but is exclusively contact, spraying must be repeated in order to destroy new generations of insects.

Source: Treehugger