Managing Pest Populations in Your Backyard Garden

Wednesday, May 20, 2020
A "lady bug" on hte prowl for some aphids

Soil has been tilled, prepared and fertilized, plants are planted and irrigation is under way. Unfortunately, now something is eating your garden and all that hard work is literally being eaten away. So, how do you manage insect/arthropod/gastropod pests in your backyard garden? Well it depends, which is probably the most widely used answer in the pest management field.

One of the most important aspects of any kind of problem is first correctly identifying what is causing the issue. Is it an aphid, an earwig, a planthopper, a virus or a fungus that is attacking your plants? Control strategies for each particular pest widely vary and may also differ depending upon the type of plant in question. Most problems associated with plants/gardens are misdiagnosed from the start, which can be costly to try and remedy (especially if the remedy is not correctly controlling the problem).

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