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5 Springtime Garden Pests to Watch Out For

Spring is on its way, so now is a great time to revamp your garden. However, you do need to keep an eye out for pests that can destroy all of the hard work that you put into it. Here are five springtime garden pests to watch out for as you nurture your garden.


Japanese Beetles

Pesky Japanese beetles look pretty, but they can destroy your garden very quickly. They are an invasive species and have been known to eat almost any plant that they come into contact with. If you notice small holes in the leaves of your foliage, Japanese beetles may be the culprit. These beetles have a metallic sheen to them, with a green head and brown wings. There are pesticide options targeted at these beetles, but unfortunately, they can be difficult to completely get rid of on your own. You may need to call an exterminator to eradicate them.

Slugs and Snails

Slugs and snails are most easily identified by the slimy trails they leave behind. Slugs tend to eat a variety of foliage like lettuce and hostas. They take large bites, and they can easily destroy a garden with little effort. If you see a snail or two in your garden or on the side of your house near it, you shouldn’t ignore them. They will end up eating all of your plants very quickly. Despite the fact that these pests tend to have a very short lifespan, they can do a lot of damage to your garden very quickly.


Aphids are tiny and therefore you might not notice them immediately. Because of that, you can quickly find yourself with an aphid infestation. You will find them clinging to the bottom of leaves in the garden. They reproduce rather quickly, and they won’t just munch on the leaves of your plants. They will eat everything from the roots to the stems. This is why you need to contact a pest control professional in order to help you eliminate your aphid infestation.


This is a difficult pest to spot because they tend to stay below the soil. Cutworms like to eat young plants right at the stems. If cutworms are present in your soil. They can make it difficult for you to start a garden this spring. You likely won’t see them on sunny days, so if you think they might be the culprit of your struggling garden, check your garden around dawn or dusk or on cloudy days.


If you see whiteflies on your foliage, then you have a huge problem. Like aphids, they will suck the sap out of your plants and cause them to die. You will be left with a garden that wilts and has yellow leaves. Unfortunately, whiteflies can be difficult to eliminate on your own. If there aren’t enough of their natural predators in your garden, like ladybugs or green lacewings, try using a pesticide or calling a professional.

Pests can be a huge problem in your springtime garden. They can destroy all of your hard work fairly quickly. If you see a pest, you should act quickly. If pesticides aren’t working, you need to contact an exterminator to eradicate unwanted pest in your garden.


Author Bio:  Anita Ginsburg is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She studied at Colorado State University, and now writes articles about health, business, family and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family whenever she isn’t writing. You can follow her on Twitter @anitaginsburg.


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