What’s Eating Your Plants?
When the warmer months are here, many people look forward to the serenity and joy of a backyard garden. Whether you use your garden for ornamental flowers or for food, it’s disappointing to come to your yard and see that you’ve had hungry visitors. If your plants are being plundered by wildlife, the first step in trying to prevent it is to identify which pest has been around. Looking at the characteristic clues can help you make an identification.
Uneven Holes in Leaves
If you notice irregular holes throughout the leaves of your plants, there could be several different types of creatures at work. At night, slugs and snails may be tearing up your most precious undergrowth. These animals typically disappear during the day into moist spots, such as beneath rocks or other hard surfaces. When darkness falls, they can nearly destroy the greenery, leaving small, uneven holes behind.
Caterpillars are another type of bug that can cause these kinds of holes in your shrubbery. Although these insects typically eat during the day, you may not notice them until you see butterflies flying around and insect eggs attached to the underside of your plants. The larvae of the sawfly are also unwelcome visitors that can leave behind this characteristic damage to your florae.
Serrated Edges in Foliage
Another variety of common damage seen by gardeners is different levels of serrated edged bite marks throughout the yard. Such bite marks are typically the sign of mammals such as deer or rabbits invading your property. With deer, they aren’t technically bite marks, since these animals don’t have top incisors. Deer bite and rip the edge of the plant off with their mouths, causing problematic harm to your vegetables and fruits. You may notice their droppings and hoof marks throughout the soil of your yard. Rabbits looking for food may cause damage lower to the ground. Rabbits like to eat newly sprouted plants and can quickly destroy seedlings.
Other Types of Damage
Lastly, there are specific species of insects that can cause unique damage to the vegetation on your property. Leaf-cutting bees may shred plants such as roses by cutting into the greenery, leaving behind a semicircular shape. Japanese beetles as well have an exclusive clue that they demonstrate. When they’ve been around you may find leaves in shreds, with only the veins remaining.
Your garden is a project that you want to protect and keep viable. If you’ve got irritating pests destroying your hard work, you may want to consider pest control services to take back your garden for yourself.