Winter is finally behind us, and it’s time to get the mower out of the shed and get back out into our gardens! At this time of year, our gardens need a little bit of TLC. But what you may find is that some pests will be lurking there, having made your garden their home for the winter.
Here are some common garden pests you might find in your garden that are particularly destructive.
- Aphids – These little bugs will damage your plants by eating the leaves. They can also spread diseases between plants, and just their presence in your garden will attract other pests.
- Ants – If you have fruit in your garden, ants will definitely be around.
- Flies – Once flies find the right spot with the right amount of food and water, they will feed and breed a lot.
- Stinging insects – Wasps, bees and hornets are a common occurrence in UK gardens. They build nests wherever they feel safest, so make sure to keep your eyes peeled for any nests in your garden.
- Slugs and snails – The most common garden pests of all time, and probably the most hated too! Not only are they very slimy, they love to eat all of your plants and leave a path of destruction in their slimy wake.
- Rodents – Rats, mice and squirrels all love to visit your garden, but they will stay if there’s some good food on offer. Trees and garden furniture are at risk of being damaged if rodents make their way into your garden.
So how do you keep the pests out of your garden?
- Maintain healthy soil.
- De-clutter your garden, and clean up any rubbish or debris.
- Repair damages to your fences, and make barriers from copper or fabric.
- Make sure your sheds and greenhouses are repaired regularly to stop pests nesting inside.
- Store any compost in a bin with a tightly fitting lid.
- Don’t have any standing water around your garden, including leaky taps.
- Ensure any outside bins never overflow, and that the lid is shut tightly at all times.
Garden pests are notorious for causing a whole lot of damage in a short amount of time. Nothing is safe, from trees to your garden furniture. I have always used a pest service called Catch-it Ltd who are very good and reliable.