A Nearly All Inclusive List of Garden Pests
And what to do about them! Work in the garden long enough – five minutes is usually long enough, and odds are you’ll discover some little critter trying to munch down your personal produce. Odds are it’s more than one and odds are it’s not just a little munching.
The odds are not in our gardening favor. Bugs, rodents, deer, and other varmints are out to eat up the food you’re growing. Some, many you know; others you may overlook or not know about. But they’re either there or they’re coming.
Tara Dodrill and Survival Sullivan did us a huge favor with a huge post on the subject. Their mega list of pests really is “mega.” Not only does she/they cover most of the common and uncommon garden variety (ha!) nuisances we face, but they give good advice for making them go away. Read on (and read the original):
Picture by Pinterest.
Here’s a listing from Dodrill’s expose with highlighting of some maybe uncommon diners you don’t want around:
Ants – not a picnic…
Aphids – cute but pesky.
Birds – and not just crows. Caterpillars and Worms
These are some of the worst offenders. They’re everywhere and they can strip a plant down fast. When you get rid of the ones you see make certain to pick out and destroy the eggs.
Larger pests with an uncanny ability to get around fences and barriers. Some feel sorry for deer losing their habitats. Truth is, they love suburban grounds – it’s easy pickings for them. You’ll need to step up the protection with barbed wire and possibly some chemical deterrent.
Dogs – not the gardeners best friend.
Gophers – call Bill Murray. They not everywhere. But when they are…
Every hobo’s favorite stew meat gets its greasy flavor from plants. And your garden is literally like a supermarket for them. Bird netting and fencing are effective against their intrusion. They also respond (negatively) to some oils. They call it playing possum but possums don’t play….
Scales – not on a fish
Snails and Slugs
Spiders – a special word here – people, for whatever reason, don’t like them … but, they eat a ton of the other bugs on this list. Just a thought….
The lessons don’t stop with the little pests. Dodrill also recommends plants for the garden that have been known to deter critter entry:
Eucalyptus, lemon grass, basil, sunflowers, and 26! other plants make her list. See that now.
And, she gives us a variety of eco-friendly sprays that do the job to.
**Tara Dodrill is a homesteading and survival journalist and author. She lives on a small ranch with her family in Appalachia. She has been both a host and frequent guest on preparedness radio shows. In addition to the publication of her first book, ‘Power Grid Down: How to Prepare, Survive, and Thrive after the Lights go Out’, Dodrill also travels to offer prepping tips and hands-on training and survival camps and expos.
This really is a mega resource. Many thanks to Tara for the wisdom. MEGA – Make Gardens Great Again! For us, not the bugs and friends.
Note: no word on keeping SJWs and gun grabbers at bay. Maybe leave some old tools lying about; I hear they are work adverse. Soap maybe…
Perrin Lovett writes about freedom, firearms, and cigars (and everything else) at www.perrinlovett.me. He is none too fond of government meddling.