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Common Garden Pests in San Diego

Posted by San Diego Landscaper on Wednesday, 15 September , 2021

San Diego’s temperate climate and friendly weather mean that gardens can grow year-round, making our homes beautiful and our yards enjoyable every month of the year.  However, this also means that garden pests can be a problem throughout the year as well.  Learning how to spot certain common pests will help you take control of your yard and protect your valuable landscape from damage.

San Diego’s Most Common Garden Pests

A few of San Diego’s most common garden pests include:

  • Wood-boring beetles. There are several species of wood-boring beetles that can infest trees and shrubs in the San Diego area.  These insects, as their name implies, bore into the wood of trees and can eventually cause serious health issues in some varieties.  Often, the only signal that you have a problem is outward signs such as small holes, left by the beetles when they emerge from boring into the tree; a powdery substance called “frass,” left behind when the beetles digest the wood; and stained or blistered spots on your tree from larvae tunneling beneath the surface.
  • The term “mealybugs” is used collectively to describe several types of small insects that secrete a powdery, waxy substance that stains leaves and bark.  They cause damage by sucking the sap from leaves and stems, often weakening the plant in the process.  The first sign most people notice is a white, powdery coating over leaves in small spots, although sometimes the tiny insects are also visible.
  • The tiny green insects you see on your leaves and flowers may well be aphids, one of the most common garden pests.  They can quickly multiply and weaken your plants or kill fruits, so it is important to get them under control.  Most people notice the small, bright green insects congregating on leaves or fruit, although you may notice dead or dropping leaves first.
  • Many common types of mites, such as spider mites, attack plants but are invisible to the naked eye due to their small size.  Therefore, you must look for the damage they do to the plants instead of the insects themselves.  Spider mites can quickly infest plants and cause serious leaf damage that often shows up as brownish, dead spots.
  • While caterpillars do turn into beautiful butterflies and moths, they can do serious damage to your plants before they transform.  Caterpillars can infest garden plants and multiply quickly; some are also harmful to humans if handled.

If you are struggling to control garden pests in your yard and do not want to use harsh chemicals, it is important to be sure that you seek the help of experienced professionals.  At Juniper Landscape Company, we offer organic pest control options to help you overcome attacks from insects while still protecting your yard and the environment.  Call us today to learn how we can help you maintain your yard in its healthiest condition with natural, organic treatments that will kill pests but save the planet!

Juniper Landscape Company is a provider of professional landscaping services in San Diego, we strive to make San Diego a beautiful place by doing business with integrity and creativity.


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