7 Flower Garden Pests You Shouldn't Ignore (2023)

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Jamie McIntosh

Jamie McIntosh has written about gardening and special occasion flowers for the Spruce since 2011. She has more than 20 years of experience caring for flowers and plants. She was a feature writer for Organic Gardening at Suite101, where she won awards for her writing.

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Updated on 11/16/21

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No one likes to find their flower gardening efforts thwarted by hungry insects intent on making a meal of prize specimens. However, some insect pests do more than just snack on our plants; they can introduce fungi and other diseases that can sound the death knell for our favorite flowers.

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  • 01 of 07

    Aphids

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    Gardeners everywhere curse the presence of tiny aphids on rose, honeysuckle, and other flowering foliage growth tips in the springtime. The sucking action of these insect pests causes stunted growth and deformed leaves and flowers. However, aphids bring more havoc to the flower garden by transmitting plant viruses and fostering the growth of black sooty mold fungus.

    Start your aphid battle the natural way:

    • Plant sweet alyssum in the flower garden to draw beneficial wasps.
    • Include cosmos to attract hungry lacewings, and add penstemon or yarrow to attract ladybugs.
    • Insect soap and a strong blast of water will take care of heavy infestations.
    • Encourage ladybugs in your garden. A single ladybug can eat as many as 5,000 aphids in its one-year lifespan and larvae eat hundreds before they pupate.
  • 02 of 07

    Borers

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    Borers are an insidious pest, destroying your flowering plants from the inside out.

    The worst borer in the flower garden is the iris borer, which will tunnel through an entire iris rhizome, leaving bacterial rot in its wake. You should be suspicious if you notice sawdust material around the base of your irises or ragged leaf margins. Pinprick holes in the leaves of iris are the signs of tiny caterpillars that have infiltrated the leaves and are making their way down into the rhizomes.

    • Discourage borers by removing iris leaves in the fall, which provide a host for borer moth eggs.
    • In the spring, you can apply the systemic pesticide Merit or the nontoxic spray Garden Shield.
    • The best non-toxic control is to dig up affected plants after flowering is done, trim out the rotten rhizomes, and replant the good portions.
  • 03 of 07

    Leafhoppers

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    Only about an eighth of an inch long, leafhopper insects look innocuous enough. The green insects don’t congregate in large numbers on plants and hop away when you approach. However, what you won’t notice is the toxin these hungry pests inject every time they insert their mouthparts into the underside of your flower’s foliage. This allows the damage to travel beyond the chewed part of the leaf, showing up as distorted leaf tips and edges. The insects also spread the aster yellows virus.

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    • Remove debris from the garden at the end of the season to eliminate overwintering sites.
    • Use floating row covers toprevent leafhoppers from reaching your plants.
    • Blast leafhopper nymphs from plants with a strong jet of water.
    • Spray adults with insect soap, pyrethrin, or Sevin.
    • Keep dandelion and thistle weeds away from the flower garden, as they provide cover for leafhoppers.
    • Encourage beneficial insects, such as ladybugs, lacewings, and pirate bugs, which all prey on the eggs and larvae of leafhoppers.
  • 04 of 07

    Mealybugs

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    Mealybugs don’t draw much attention, as the pests are only 3/16 inch long and move very slowly. The honeydew they excrete supports sooty mold growth. When enough sooty mold accumulates on foliage, it can reduce photosynthesis, weakening the plant and making it even more susceptible to garden pests.

    If you notice white fuzzy growths on your plants, you may have mealybugs. Ways to control mealybugs include:

    • Avoid overwatering andover fertilizing since mealybugs are attracted to new growth and plants with high levels of nitrogen.
    • Dip a cotton swab in rubbing alcohol and touch it to the pests to desiccate and kill them instantly.
    • You can also spray the pests away with water, or apply Malathion or Orthene pesticide sprays.
    • Use insecticidal soap or neem oil as repellants; these products do not harm honeybees and other beneficial insects.
    • Encourage beneficialinsects, such as ladybugs and lacewings, which are predators of mealybugs.

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  • 05 of 07

    Plant Bugs

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    "Plant bugs" is a term that includes a number of true bugs, members of the Hemiptera order of insects. The most common plant bugs of interest to gardeners are cinch bugs, harlequinbugs, and squash bugs.

    Like leafhoppers, plant bugs inject a toxin into your plants’ leaves, buds, and shoots as they feed. The result is a plant mottled with brown or black spots and deformed growth. Dahlias, azaleas, daisies, Liatris, and asters are just a few of the flowering plants these bugs commonly feast upon. Gardeners should be on the lookout for tarnished plant bugs and four-lined plant bugs, growing up to a 1/4 inch long. Plant bugs often have an unpleasant odor.

    • Plant bugs are fast moving pests, but you can pluck them off and drop them into a bucket of soapy water if you’re an early riser, as the bugs are sluggish in the morning.
    • Spraying young bugs with neem oil or insecticidal soap will offer some control for most plant bugs.
    • Protecting edible crops with floating row covers will prevent plant bugs from damaging your vegetables.
    • Plant bugs can be killed by spraying your plants with neem, Sevin, or diazinon. Use sparingly, as these chemicals will also kill beneficial insects.
  • 06 of 07

    Scale

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    At first glance, scale insects may not even seem alive. The waxy covering that serves as a protective shield on the bugs makes them resemble lichen or other natural growths on their host plants. The scale insect under this waxy covering is very much alive, though, feeding on garden plants throughout the entire growing season and on houseplants throughout the year. Damage appears as stunted growth, leaf drop, yellow spots on leaves, and sooty mold growth that thrives on the scale’s honeydew.

    Parasitic wasps love to use scale insects as hosts, and you may see evidence of this as tiny holes piercing the scale’s armor. This same armor makes scale resistant to many pesticides, but dormant oil can suffocate the insects during the winter season.

    To control scale:

    • Dispose of affected branches and leaves, which harbor the insects.
    • Pick off the insects by hand—a viable solution if the numbers are low.
    • Dab individual insects with a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol.
    • Encourage beneficialinsects such as ladybugs and lacewings, which feed on scale insects.
    • Use insecticidal soap or oils to coat scale. This will require repeated applications but is very safe for the environment.
    • Apply neem oil to affected plants. A concentrated form of neem oil, azadirachtin, is a very effective control.
    • If chemicals are needed, those containing acephate or imidacloprid are effective as systemic pesticides.
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  • 07 of 07

    Whiteflies

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    Upon disturbance, whiteflies flutter about their host plants like an ephemeral cloud, but their damage is formidable. This is another honeydew-secreting pest, encouraging sooty mold while simultaneously leaving plants yellow and stunted after sucking on plant juices. Some whiteflies also carry plant viruses. Whiteflies are the bane of greenhouse growers, who detect their presence with yellow sticky traps. Whiteflies can be controlled in a number of ways:

    • Take advantage of the small size and weakness of these insects by using a vacuum to remove them from plants.
    • Yellow sticky traps can be used to trap adult whiteflies.
    • Encourage natural predators such as ladybugs and lacewings.
    • Insecticidal soaps work well on heavy infestations but must be applied regularly.
    • Neem oil and other horticultural oils will kill whiteflies; make sure to completely drench plants.
    • Where chemical pesticides are needed, use natural insecticides containing pyrethrin.
    • Malathion is a more aggressive chemical that can be used sparingly.

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  6. Four-Lined Plant Bug Crushing Oregano (and other plants). Ohio State University College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences.

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FAQs

What is eating my flowers in the garden? ›

Caterpillars, cutworms, slugs, the potato beetle (which eats more than potatoes), the Mexican bean beetle, flea beetles, the Japanese beetle, and the tarnished plant bug. Each of those is capable of doing some real intensive damage to most your garden plants.

What is eating all my garden plants? ›

Rabbits, Voles, Woodchucks, Deer, Chipmunks, Squirrels. All eat leaves or fruits of plants in vegetable gardens. Symptoms include: Large parts of the plant are chewed off.

What insect eats the most aphids? ›

LADYBUGS

Know them: Ladybugs are the most notorious predatory insects around. They're famous for eating aphids, but most gardeners only recognize them as adults. While the alligator-like larva may be less cute, they are even more voracious.

What is the hardest pest to get rid of? ›

The three most difficult pests to exterminate are:

Termites. Bed Bugs. Cockroaches.

What pests cause the most damage? ›

Some can be more damaging than others and require different solutions. Here, we'll break down five common household pests that can cause the most damage to your home and what to do about it.
...
  • Ants. Ants are an incredibly common house pest. ...
  • Cockroaches. ...
  • Termites. ...
  • Rodents. ...
  • Honeybees.

What is eating all my flowers? ›

Beetles and Budworms

Populations are now found in California – though the state is doing everything it can to keep them out – and Oregon. During the day, they eat flower petals as “skeletonizers,” which are insects that feed on tissue between veins while leaving the veins intact.

What insect kills flowers? ›

Insects Causing Damage by Piercing-sucking. Perhaps most damaging although not as apparent, are insects and insect-relatives that suck plant juices. Leafhoppers, thrips, aphids, plant bugs and mites are among the most common. Insects with piercing-sucking mouthparts do not chew plant tissue.

What can I spray on my flowers to keep bugs from eating them? ›

Oil Spray: Mix 1 cup of vegetable oil with 1 tablespoon of mild liquid soap. Add 2-8 teaspoons of this mixture to 1 quart of water and spray your plants as above. The oil in this spray smothers the insects so it is effective on aphids, thrips, mites, and scale.

What is eating my flowers and leaves? ›

Common sucking insects include aphids, squash bugs, and spider mites. Spray your plants diligently with insecticide, as sucking insects can breed so rapidly a single application often isn't enough. If your plant is strong enough, a good blast with a hose can work well to physically knock them away.

What's eating my plants at night? ›

Leaf holes from slugs and snails are common in many types of plants, including basil, hosta, hibiscus, cabbage, cucumbers, lettuce, tomatoes and peppers. These pests do most of their damage at night. A nighttime stroll with a flashlight will help confirm your hunch is right.

How do I identify pests in my garden? ›

Holes in leaves, small grubs around the roots of container plants, speckled foliage and skeletonized leaves are just a few signs of garden pests. The best offense is a good defense. Check your plants often and act as soon as you spot a problem.

What instantly kills aphids? ›

Soap and water:

Apply with a spray bottle directly on aphids and the affected parts of the plant, making sure to soak the undersides of leaves where eggs and larvae like to hide. The soap dissolves the protective outer layer of aphids and other soft-bodied insects, eventually killing them.

What is an aphids favorite food? ›

They have sucking mouthparts and feed exclusively on plant sap. Aphids feed on stems, leaves, and even roots!

What is a natural enemy of aphids? ›

Predators (which may consume all or parts of aphids) include green and brown lacewings, lady beetles, hover flies, midges, bigeyed bugs, damsel bugs, soldier beetles, and blister beetles. In many cases, both adults and larvae (or nymphs) feed on aphids.

What is the most annoying pest in the world? ›

They buzz around you head, bite you, and leave behind painful, itchy bites. Arguably, mosquitos are internationally considered the most annoying pests ever.

What is the most annoying insect on Earth? ›

1) Mosquito's: Itchy bites, annoying buzzing sounds, and they carry diseases. 2) Fleas: Tough to handle infestations, itchy bites on pets and people. 3) Midge/Sand Fly: Painful bites, and they attack in groups. 4) Common House Flies: Hang around our food, loud buzzing, nasty habits, and they carry disease.

What bugs should you stay away from? ›

Bugs, including mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, and flies, can spread diseases such as malaria, yellow fever, Zika, dengue, chikungunya, and Lyme.

What are the four major pests? ›

Pests can be broken into four main categories
  • Vertebrate Pests. Have a backbone. Examples: Rodents, birds, reptiles, and other mammals.
  • Invertebrate Pests. No backbone. Examples: Insets, spiders, ticks, slugs.
  • Weeds. Any plant growing out of place.
  • Diseases. Fungi, bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms.
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What insect has caused the most deaths? ›

The most deadly animal in the world is the mosquito. It might seem impossible that something so miniscule can kill so many people, but it's true. According to the World Health Organization, mosquito bites result in the deaths of more than 1 million people every year.

What are some bad pests? ›

Most Searched Pests
  • Ants. Carpenter Ants. Pharaoh Ant. Fire Ants. ...
  • Beetles. Carpet Beetles. Ground Beetles. Grain Beetles. ...
  • Cockroaches. German Cockroaches. American Cockroaches. Brown-Banded Cockroaches. ...
  • Other Flying Insects. Identifying Gnats. Drain flies. Mosquitoes. ...
  • Other Crawling Insects. Ticks. Earwigs. ...
  • Wildlife. Mice. Norway rats.

What is chewing holes in my flowers? ›

Holes From Sucking Insects

Rasping-sucking pests, such as thrips, scrape leaf surfaces and suck plant juices from the oozing holes. Sucking insects strike many plant types, from flowers and grasses to roses, hydrangeas, cabbage, eggplant, tomatoes and kale. Their damage happens day and night.

What's killing my flowers? ›

The most common pests of foliage and flowering plants are spider mites, mealy bugs, fungus gnats, whitefly and aphids.

How do I get rid of flower pests? ›

Start by rinsing your plant thoroughly with a sink sprayer, shower, or hose. This will get rid of the majority of adult aphids present on your plant. Then, spray regularly with an insecticidal soap or neem oil. You can also sprinkle systemic granules into the affected planters.

What keeps bugs away from flowers? ›

Other Plants that Deter Bugs

Mint: Similar to lavender, many insects don't like the smell of mint. Lemongrass: Citronella is a common oil found in many mosquito repelling candles and waxes, however, lemongrass naturally produces it. Rosemary: Rosemary will protect vegetable gardens, in particular, from an infestation.

What are the little bugs on my flowers? ›

Aphids. These are the tiny pear-shaped insects that you've probably seen outside in the vegetable plot. They can find their way onto indoor plants, too, and like to cluster around new leaves and flower buds. They suck the sap from the plant and excrete a sticky substance called honeydew.

How do you stop pests from eating plants? ›

To get rid of them, you can try placing upside-down citrus skins around your plant to trap them. Copper wire or tape around the rim of your pot will also keep them away.. If all else fails, netting around your plants will stop the slugs in their tracks.

Can I spray vinegar on my plants? ›

Though vinegar can be fatal to many common plants, others, like rhododendrons, hydrangeas and gardenias, thrive on acidity which makes a bit of vinegar the best pick-me-up. Combine one cup of plain white vinegar with a gallon of water and use the next time you water these plants to see some amazing results.

Is vinegar a good pesticide? ›

Acetic acid makes vinegar an excellent tool for pest control, repelling some of the most common backyard nuisances and even killing weaker insects. It's most effective against ants, spiders, and mosquitos. You can keep spiders from entering your home by spraying vinegar around your property's perimeter and entryways.

What is the best homemade insect repellent? ›

Mix 1 part oil of lemon eucalyptus or lavender essential oil with 10 parts witch hazel in the bottle. (For each drop of oil, use 10 drops of witch hazel.) Shake gently to mix. Spray to apply.

What is a natural slug repellent? ›

There are a handful of plants which are believed to be a natural repellent for slugs. What you need: Slug repelling plants “ Living Green suggest that wormwood, rue, fennel, anise, and rosemary are the best slug repelling plants.

What is digging holes in my flower bed at night? ›

Rodents like squirrels, rats, mice, and guinea pigs are possible animals digging up your plants at night. They are invading your garden to get some food, shelter, and water. It's simple to figure out whether they're the ones digging up your plants.

Why plants should not be cut at night? ›

In addition, at night you may not be able to see dangerous, spiders, bugs, or snakes that make their home in trees. In addition, at night it is difficult to identify dangerous plants (e.g. poison ivy, poison oak, stinging nettle, etc.).

Why don't we cut plants at night? ›

Don't pluck that flower at night for the plant might be sleeping after a long day in the sun, suggests new research that measured the changes in the shape of plants during the day and night cycle.

What is the most common garden pest? ›

Here are 10 of the most common plant pests, and how you can keep them in check.
  1. Aphids. Aphids live only about a week, but a mature female can reproduce rapidly. ...
  2. Leaf miners. Leaf miners are the larvae of various pests, including moths, flies, and beetles. ...
  3. Scale. ...
  4. Whiteflies. ...
  5. Earwigs. ...
  6. Cutworms. ...
  7. Fungus gnats. ...
  8. Mealybugs.

What are the 4 signs of pest infestation? ›

What are the Signs of Pest Infestation?
  • Droppings. Droppings are an obvious sign that a pest may be living or roaming in your area of work. ...
  • Footprints. Footprints are another obvious sign of the presence of pests in a location. ...
  • Damage to Property and Equipment. ...
  • Nests. ...
  • Foul or Unusual Odour. ...
  • Insects. ...
  • Rodents. ...
  • Birds.
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What indicates a pest infestation? ›

You might often hear scratching on the walls, gnawing, squeaking, or scurrying. Larger bugs might also be heard if you listen closely. Holes and gnaw marks: Small holes in the walls and floors, or holes in or around the property are a giveaway of a possible infestation.

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What is the most common garden pest? ›

Here are 10 of the most common plant pests, and how you can keep them in check.
  1. Aphids. Aphids live only about a week, but a mature female can reproduce rapidly. ...
  2. Leaf miners. Leaf miners are the larvae of various pests, including moths, flies, and beetles. ...
  3. Scale. ...
  4. Whiteflies. ...
  5. Earwigs. ...
  6. Cutworms. ...
  7. Fungus gnats. ...
  8. Mealybugs.

What are the most destructive pests to agriculture? ›

Lepidopterous fruit borers are generally the most important pests affecting production. Other important species include various leaf- and flower-eating caterpillars and beetles, bark borers, scales, leaf mites, fruit-sucking bugs, fruit-piercing moths and fruit flies.

What is one of the worst insect pests in vegetable production? ›

Stink Bugs

They feed on the stems and leaves of plants and the juices of fruits and vegetables including apples, peaches, berries, peppers, and beans. They can also feed on pecans, sorghum, and cotton and severely cut into all of these crop yields.

What insects destroy gardens? ›

44 Common Garden Pests
  • Red Spider Mites. The tiny mites live under leaves and suck sap, causing yellow mottling. ...
  • Gall Mites. These microscopic mites suck sap and cause abnormal growths. ...
  • Bagworm. ...
  • Japanese Beetles. ...
  • Leaf Miner. ...
  • Codling Moth. ...
  • Winter Moth. ...
  • Aphids.

What are the five 5 common insects that causes damages to plants? ›

Top 10 insect pests to plants
  • Cotton bollworm (Helicoverpa armigera) ...
  • Tobacco whitefly (Bemisia tabaci) ...
  • Two-spotted spider mite (Tetranychus urticae) ...
  • Diamondback moth (Plutella xylostella) ...
  • Taro caterpillar (Spodoptera litura) ...
  • Red flour beetle (Tribolium castaneum) ...
  • Green peach aphid (Myzus persicae)
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What are the four major pests? ›

Pests can be broken into four main categories
  • Vertebrate Pests. Have a backbone. Examples: Rodents, birds, reptiles, and other mammals.
  • Invertebrate Pests. No backbone. Examples: Insets, spiders, ticks, slugs.
  • Weeds. Any plant growing out of place.
  • Diseases. Fungi, bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms.
30 Jun 2022

What are the 4 signs of pest infestation? ›

What are the Signs of Pest Infestation?
  • Droppings. Droppings are an obvious sign that a pest may be living or roaming in your area of work. ...
  • Footprints. Footprints are another obvious sign of the presence of pests in a location. ...
  • Damage to Property and Equipment. ...
  • Nests. ...
  • Foul or Unusual Odour. ...
  • Insects. ...
  • Rodents. ...
  • Birds.
20 May 2022

What is the most annoying pest in the world? ›

They buzz around you head, bite you, and leave behind painful, itchy bites. Arguably, mosquitos are internationally considered the most annoying pests ever.

What are key pests? ›

- Pests include insects, nematodes, mites, snails, slugs, etc. and vertebrates like rats, birds, etc. Depending upon the importance, pests may be agricultural forest, household, medical, aesthetic and veterinary pests.

Which pest causes the most damage to property each year? ›

Termites

Termites are number one for a reason – they can cause some serious damage. The National Pest Management Association states that termite infestations cause nearly $5 billion in damage in the U.S each year. Termites can cause damage rather quickly.

What can I spray on my flowers to keep bugs from eating them? ›

Oil Spray: Mix 1 cup of vegetable oil with 1 tablespoon of mild liquid soap. Add 2-8 teaspoons of this mixture to 1 quart of water and spray your plants as above. The oil in this spray smothers the insects so it is effective on aphids, thrips, mites, and scale.

What is the rarest pest? ›

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

The Academy's Entomology Collection contains five specimens of the world's rarest and most endangered insect, the land lobster (Dryococelus australis).

What are some bad pests? ›

Most Searched Pests
  • Ants. Carpenter Ants. Pharaoh Ant. Fire Ants. ...
  • Beetles. Carpet Beetles. Ground Beetles. Grain Beetles. ...
  • Cockroaches. German Cockroaches. American Cockroaches. Brown-Banded Cockroaches. ...
  • Other Flying Insects. Identifying Gnats. Drain flies. Mosquitoes. ...
  • Other Crawling Insects. Ticks. Earwigs. ...
  • Wildlife. Mice. Norway rats.

What insect kills flowers? ›

Insects Causing Damage by Piercing-sucking. Perhaps most damaging although not as apparent, are insects and insect-relatives that suck plant juices. Leafhoppers, thrips, aphids, plant bugs and mites are among the most common. Insects with piercing-sucking mouthparts do not chew plant tissue.

What bugs harm flowers? ›

Bugs that Can Do the Most Harm to Your Flower Garden
  1. Aphids: If you have done any gardening, you are probably familiar with aphids and the disastrous results they can have on flowers and plants. ...
  2. Lace Bugs: ...
  3. Snails and Slugs: ...
  4. 4. Japanese Beetles: ...
  5. Cutworms:

What bugs do you not want in your garden? ›

6 Spring Pests You Don't Want on Your Plants
  • Beetles. Although some beetle species are helpful to have in a garden, most mean trouble for plants. ...
  • Slugs. There are several species of slugs, four of which are considered a threat to plants. ...
  • Caterpillars. ...
  • Weevils. ...
  • Spider Mites. ...
  • Aphids.
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