When you plant a vegetable garden the goal is to end up with homegrown vegetables that you and your family can enjoy. Allowing pests to snack on your vegetables before you get a chance to try them is definitely not part of the plan. If you find that pests are infesting your vegetable plants you have a few options for eradicating the problem and preventing it from recurring.
Plant your vegetables in raised beds
Raised beds are a way to protect your vegetable plants from certain types of pests. For example, voles are burrowing pests that like the eat roots, bulbs, and other underground parts of plants. They can kill your plants from below by eating away at the roots. You can avoid problems with voles eating your vegetable plants by putting them in raised beds.
Include pest repellant plants in your garden
Another way to help prevent pests is to include pest repellant plants in your garden. These plants naturally repel a variety of pests with the scents they give off. The type of pests they repel is dependent on the individual plants. Some of the pest repellant plants are ornamental but there are a number of them that are herbs and thus a natural addition to your vegetable garden. You can place these naturally repellant plants strategically around your garden so they protect your vegetables from being eaten by pests.
Apply insecticide on your own
If you need more help dealing with pests that have attacked your vegetable plants you can spray them with insecticides. The type you choose depends on your preferences for your garden and the type of pest problem you are experiencing. There are a number of options when it comes to spraying for pests on your own. You can make your own pest spray or choose one of the many options available at your local hardware store.
Get your garden professionally treated
Bringing in a lawn and garden professional could be your best option if you are experiencing a severe or stubborn infestation. They will have the knowledge, experience, and equipment necessary to successfully treat your vegetable garden for pests. Through the treatment process they will identify what type of pest you are having problems with and treat them accordingly. Once you know what type of pest you are dealing with you can work toward preventing a re-infestation after treatment.
Do not hand over your vegetables to hungry pests. Implement some of these suggestions to prevent an infestation from occurring. If you are already at the point of having an infestation it is important to take action quickly so the pests do not have time to ruin too many of your vegetables.