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How To Control Yard Pests Without Doing Damage

Posted by San Diego Landscaper on Wednesday, 11 May , 2022

It is always upsetting when you go out to enjoy your beautiful yard only to discover that some type of pest has been damaging your plants.  Before you take drastic action, however, consider the further damage you can do by using the wrong methods to control pests.  There are ways to control pests in your yard without harming your plants, friendly insects, or the environment.

Pest Control Begins With Knowledge 

The old saying “knowledge is power” has never been more true than when you are dealing with yard pests.  Before you take any steps to eradicate the problem, you have to know what you are dealing with. 

However, identifying yard pests can be a problem, since there are hundreds of species of insects, not to mention other animals, as well as viruses, bacteria, fungi, and other organisms that can harm your yard.  Begin by asking a few basic questions:

  • What type of damage is being done? Changing colors on leaves are often indicative of disease, while insect infestations often manifest with bitten or chewed plants.  In many cases, you may be able to spot the insects or their eggs with careful observation.  Birds and other animals often prey on fruit or blooms from your plants; their damage is usually on a larger scale and easier to see.
  • Am I seeing insects on the plants? Even if you do spot insects, you cannot assume that they are the cause of the problem.  In many cases, beneficial insects live side-by-side with harmful ones.  Pollinators are especially helpful in allowing your plants to bloom and fruit, and you must take care not to harm them as you decide what to do about harmful insects.
  • Where can I research harmful insects or animals? There are several online databases that help you identify insects if you can see them.  Some databases also include photos of damage from fungi, bacteria, or viruses.  However, be cautious:  researching may only give you a general idea of the type of organism you are dealing with.  Many insects look very similar but are in fact very different species.

What Can I Do If I Find Destructive Pests in My Yard?

While prevention is always the best strategy for pest control, there are times when you must take stricter measures.  Begin by ensuring that your plants are healthy; a healthy plant is much better able to ward off pest depredations.

There are also low-level interventions you can perform to help protect your plants.  Picking off harmful insects and spraying plants with water in targeted sprays can be beneficial, but require a great deal of work on your part.

One of the quickest and easiest ways to handle yard pests is to trust an expert who focuses on total landscape management.  Juniper Landscape Company has been helping San Diego home and business owners control pests for many years.  Give us a call today to learn how we can use non-invasive, eco-friendly methods to help you control your pest problems!


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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