While there are numerous beneficial insects in your yard that assist with pollenation- and even with warding off unwanted pests- there are certainly a few exceptions. Some of the insects on this list are only problematic in large numbers, while there are a few others that no homeowner wants any trace of in their yard.
Aphids have long legs and soft bodies, and are typically found on the underside of a plant’s leaves. They tend to stick to a single host without spreading to other species. They are commonly treated with high-pressure water, insecticidal soaps (?), and the introduction of beneficial insects (such as ladybugs) that help ward them off.
Mosquitoes seek out standing water as a breeding ground. They can become a serious problem in the warmer months, especially the breeds that carry diseases. Commonly treated with______.
Spider Mites are thusly named as they have 8 legs with no antennae, yet the are still classed as insects. Often residing on the underside of a plant’s foliage, they feast on a variety of vegetables and flowering plants. Commonly treated with high-pressure water or insecticidal soaps (?).
Flea Beetles, Cucumber Beetles
Many common beetle types are harmless- even beneficial- to your yard and garden. However, flea beetles and cucumber beetles are a hazard, as they can wreak havoc on your vegetable garden. Easily treated with beneficial nematodes.
Ant infestations are evidenced by their presence on your plants, as well as the noticeable dirt mounds they build in your yard. While there are DIY methods for treatment, professional-grade insecticides tend to be most effective.
Flies are attracted to stagnant water, trash, and decaying organic material. While taking preventative measures is always wise, you may need to take extra steps if you already have a full-blown infestation. Commonly treated with electric fly zappers and_____.
While bees are wonderfully beneficial to plant life and the ecosystem in general, an excessive amount in your yard and garden can become hazardous. If you find a hive or a burrow on or near areas you and your family often use, you will need professional help to get it safely removed.