Pests That Can Negatively Affect Your Lawn & Garden
When it comes to landscaping, the majority of homeowners primarily focus on mowing the grass, raking sticks & leaves, and picking weeds. One crucial landscaping step that people commonly forget about is pest control. Preventing pest infestations in your lawn can keep your grass green and lucious, and keep the crops in your garden healthy! In this article, we’ll talk about a few different pests that can negatively affect the health of your lawn & garden and offer some tips on how to prevent them! If you are a resident of the Greater New Orleans area that is experiencing any kind of pest problem, please contact our team at Pied Piper Pest Control today to get a free estimate on an extermination service!
Caterpillars are the larva of butterflies and moths. There are thousands of species of caterpillars, each of which have different sizes, colors, and shapes. Caterpillars can negatively impact your garden because they primarily feed on live leaves. Some species of caterpillars can also harm plants in your garden by wrapping them in silk, damaging the plants themselves and the fruits and vegetables that grow on them. In order to prevent the damage that caterpillars may cause to your garden, you should regularly check for them and remove any you see. In addition, using natural insecticides and fabric garden covers can help prevent them from attacking your plants in the first place.
Another pest that can damage your lawn and garden are aphids, which are small, pear-shaped insects that feed on plant sap. When aphids infest a garden, they weaken plants, making them more susceptible to other factors that can affect their growth like a lack of water or extreme temperatures. In addition, aphids can transmit diseases to the plants they are feeding on. One popular method for preventing aphid infestations on plants is to spray the garden with neem oil, which can prevent both aphids and fungal diseases.
Slugs & Snails
Two more types of pests that can negatively affect the growth of plants in your lawn and garden are slugs and snails. Both these pests are part of the mollusk family, with the most noticeable difference between the two being the presence of an external shell on snails. Each of these pests have diets that primarily consist of leaves, fruits, vegetables, decaying plant matter, meaning that when they stumble upon a garden, they think they’ve hit the jackpot in terms of food resources. Some methods for preventing snail and slug damage in a garden include setting traps and spraying natural repellants.
Contact Pied Piper Pest Control!
If you’re a resident of the Greater New Orleans area that is experiencing a pest infestation on your property, please don’t hesitate to contact our team at Pied Piper Pest Control for a free pest control estimate! We provide a wide range of pest control & extermination services for insects, termites, small mammals, birds, bats, and more to home & business owners throughout the New Orleans area! Contact us today to get a free estimate on a pest control service by calling us at (504) 366-1333 or by filling out the contact form on our website!