Last year I managed to grow both cucumbers and tomatoes in containers and was extremely proud of my efforts. Everything was on the up and up, on my way to a good crop but initially as the fruit began to mature I noticed little white bugs where destroying them. I didn’t really know what to do about it so I bought some herbacide from home depot in he hopes that I could get this under control. This did little to deter the critters and the majority of my crop was destroyed.
Before you begin to treat a pest problem you must understand the type of pest that you are dealing with. It is necessary to identify the pest before choosing a product to help you eliminate them. The following are descriptions of 5 garden pests.
Description: Perhaps the most descructive pest for plants. These small, soft bodied insects deplete plants of juices producing leaves that are rolled and leaving the honeydew they produce behind.
Tiny creatures seen only with a magnifying glass. They cause the leaves to slowly yellow and wither by depleting plants juices. If there is severe infestation there may be a covering of fine webs.
Description: Roundish yellow/brown insects that produce cotton like deposits and sticky leaves. This insects will not move if leaf is touched.
Description: White insects that live on the undersides of leaves depleting plants juices which causes leaves to be yellow and withered. These insects will fly off the leaves when touched.
Description: A type of beetil that lives in potting soil and feeds on the plants roots.
Once you identified what type of pest you have, you will be able to treat accordingly. There are many natural household remedies that you can try to get rid of pests first before purchasing chemical products.
Happy Container Gardening!