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What’s Eating My Food Garden? 3 Bad Bugs, 1 Solution

04/23/2020 11:24AM ● By Gill Garden Center + Landscape Co.
Words and Photo by: Gill Garden Center + Landscape Co. 

These three insect groups will be the source of many gardeners’ angst this Spring. All three can do serious damage to food gardens. From chowing on leaves, to boring holes to piercing tomatoes…BUT don’t worry one organic solution takes care of all.

 Flea beetles leave their signature pin size chew holes in newly planted herbs and veggies. They’re also fond of flower buds just before they open.

Squash borers are the larvae of the squash borer moth. They lay their eggs at the base of the squash stem where the larvae bores into the plant, which causes the plant to die.

Stink Bugs and Leaf Footed Bugs are famous for the spots they leave on prized tomatoes. They pierce the fruit leaving holes that begin to rot. The immature-nymphs look like red spiders.

Your best solution for all three of these pests is Natural Guard Spinosad Soap. This organic spray controls all of these plus other garden pests very effectively. Plan to spray late in the day or early evening when bees are not foraging. It is safe for bees once the spray dries. Follow the instructions and these bad bugs will leave your food plants alone.

Click here to see detailed photos of these pests so you can identify them in your garden.