It takes a lot of time and work to cultivate a beautiful garden. You have to find plants that are both aesthetically pleasing and able to thrive in the climate where you live. Once planted, you have to nurture the plants and protect them from outside factors that can cause damage. One of the elements in your garden that can cause major damage to your plants is harmful bugs. If you suspect a bug infestation in your garden, there are a few steps you can take to deal with the problem.
- Determine if the bugs in your garden are harmful.
If you look closely, you will find many different types of bugs in your garden. Do not get worked up simply because you see bugs, they are essential to a healthy garden. There are bugs that help the plants by breaking down organic matter that in turn improves the soil. In addition, some of the ‘good’ bugs feed on the bugs that can do harm to your garden. So, before you start spraying every bug you see attempt to determine if that bug is beneficial to your garden.
- Attract beneficial bugs.
As previously mentioned, there are several types of bugs that are beneficial to your garden. In fact, killing off all the beneficial bugs will put your garden at risk for damage. Instead of getting rid of bugs, you may need to focus on attracting more bugs. For example, if you have a problem with aphids eating up the leaves of your plants, you can try and attract insects that eat aphids. One example of an aphid eating insect is the hover fly. Hover fly larvae can eat a large amount of aphids during the development process. You can attract hover flies by strategically planting some of their favorite plants throughout your garden.
- Use common household ingredients to get rid of the bugs.
If you have a serious bug infestation in your garden you may need to take more direct action against the bugs to save your plants. It is relatively simple to throw together a spray to kill unwanted bugs using common household ingredients. For example, one recipe calls for hot peppers, water, and dish soap. If you discover a bug problem in your garden you can quickly whip up one of these homemade pest control sprays and immediately address the problem.
- Seek out the services of a professional to help you determine the best route.
Sometimes when you have a bug infestation in your garden, it requires more than attracting beneficial bugs and applying homemade bug killer. If you are in the place of needing a stronger treatment, think twice before you run to the hardware store to buy insecticide. You can do more damage than good if you choose the wrong type of insecticide or apply it improperly. In addition, if you misdiagnosed the problem you may end up killing off bugs that help keep the harmful pests away. A professional lawn and garden care company can help you through the process of identifying the problem and coming up with the appropriate solution.