The results are devastating when insects attack. Some insects strike and don’t just leave a mark. They destroy plants completely. No garden is immune to insects that kill, such as aphids, slugs and Japanese beetles, but you can fight back.
Steps to Control Insect Pests in Vegetable Gardens:
- Identify good and bad bugs. Natural predators, like ladybugs, feed on other pests. Order live ladybugs from HomeDepot.com and release. If you introduce natural predators like ladybugs, do not use chemical insecticides.
- Hand-pick bad bugs and drop into a bucket of soapy water.
- Apply collars or barriers or around the base of plants. You can make collars from aluminum foil, discarded paper towel rolls, cardboard, open-ended paper cups, or tin or aluminum cans with both ends removed.
- Organic Neem-based pesticides and insecticidal soaps also provide good control. Always follow label directions.
- Mulch with aluminum foil. This may repel aphids and other insects. This is practical only on a small scale.
- The easiest way to capture insects is with a trap. Place traps 30’ from the plants you are protecting to lure them away from the garden.
- If all else fails, consider chemical pesticides. Check with your garden center associate for appropriate treatments.