Visual pest and disease identification - how does it work?

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Visual pest and disease identification - details

Insects and larvae are part of your garden’s ecosystem and often they are harmless or even beneficial. They turn into garden pests only when they begin to harm your favorite plants. But even in this case, you do not need to use chemical agents immediately. Mastersmine will give you some tips on how to solve this problem most effectively.

Most garden pests have a lot of natural enemies. For example, ants and ladybirds feed on aphids.

Chemical agents can destroy useful insects that feed on garden pests. Pay attention to the protection of such insects by using chemical agents against garden pests less often. You can also attract allies to your garden by planting parsley, dill or, for example, angelica.

If you notice insects on the plant, your first step will be to identify the type of pest and understand the level of danger to your plants.

It is important to familiarize yourself with the most common garden pests, because some of them harm plants in a way that is not visible at first glance. Aphids, for instance, feed on saplings, transmitting viruses at the same time. Thus, aphids inhibit the growth of seedlings. The sooner you start pest control, the sooner plants will recover.

Pest control in the garden is not so difficult – even simple solutions can work wonders. To get rid of small insects, such as aphids, it is sufficient to irrigate garden beds and plants from a garden hose.

The list below describes the types of visible damage caused by pests and their possible causes:

  • Aphids - sticky deposits and wilted parts of plants
  • Mole or field vole - land heaps and eaten plant roots
  • Winter moth - small, red eggs next to the plant bud
  • Snails - eaten leaves closer to the ground
  • Hopper - small holes in the leaves
  • Vegetable maggots - eaten reddish-brown tubules in vegetables