Insect Pests

Grasshopper

Grasshoppers

Grasshoppers are prevalent in gardens because they are herbivores, meaning they only eat plants. That's why they are commonly known as garden pests. Grasshoppers come in many sizes and can be up to 5 inches in length. They have 5 eyes but no ears; however they can hear using a special part in their bodies called the tympanal organ. They also have front and hind legs; front are used for eating and walking & hind are used for hopping and making sounds.

Grasshoppers lay eggs in the soil, which can lead to plant damage. Tilling the soil will destroy some of the eggs, but CORRY’S Insect Killer can help finish the job.

Grasshoppers can jump 20 times the length of their body and there are about 18,000 species on this planet!

Source: http://www.bugfacts.net/grasshopper.php

Beetles

Beetles are insects that can be found anywhere and everywhere; from hot deserts to the cold Antarctica. Currently, there are over 300,000 species of beetles that live in the world and over 12,000 if them in the Unites States alone! In fact, one out of every four animal is a beetle!

Beetles are normally known for having hardened forewings, which protects the delicate wings for flying and their soft abdomen underneath. They can also vary very dramatically in size.

Like any other insect, Beetles go through metamorphosis starting as eggs and hatching into larvae (sometimes known as grubs). They then go into the pupa stage before transforming to adult beetles.

These familiar bugs can “skeletonize” leaves, eating away all the green except for the veins.

Sources: http://easyscienceforkids.com/all-about-beetles/
https://www.thoughtco.com/fascinating-facts-about-beetles-1968118

Earwigs

Earwigs is another common pest that can be found in your garden or lawn. Earwigs are omnivores which means they eat both plant & insects, and often feed during the night. Earwigs are long and narrow and can be anywhere from dark brown, black, tan or reddish in color. Just like any other insect, they too have legs, an abdomen and a head. Another distinctive character of the earwig is their antenna which is used to catch prey and for defense. Their pinchers may look scary, but they don’t hurt humans at all. What is scary is how much damage they can do to plants and gardens when feeding.

To control earwigs, start by encouraging this pest's natural predators in the garden, including toads and birds. You can also trap earwigs at night by placing sheets of newspaper in your planting beds. The bugs will hide beneath the sheets, and all you have to do is scoop them up in the morning and drown them in soapy water.

Sources: http://facts.net/earwig/
https://www.amdro.com/learn/regional-pests/common-summer-pests-of-the-pacific-northwest

Sowbugs

Sowbugs are commonly dark to slate gray and range in size from 1/4 to 1/2 inch long. They usually have oval bodies flat or concave underneath and have about seven legs and a pair of antennae. Sowbugs usually leave their habitats to feed at nights and on young plants. They flourish in areas with high humidity and like to hide underneath objects during the day. Around buildings and homes, they can be found under compost, mulch, flower pots, stones and sometimes on damp soil.

To effectively control ""rolly pollies"" which is what sowbugs are also known as, you should minimize moisture and hiding places near the foundation such as removing leaves, grass clippings and mulch.

Source: https://entomology.ca.uky.edu/ef439

Ants

One of the most prevalent insects in the environment is ants. Some forage indoors and returns to outdoor nests , but others live inside as well. Ants vary significantly in color and size and have different food preferences from grease to sweets. The damage and disruption that result from ants can range from serious structural damage to food contamination and embarrassment.

Source: https://www.amdro.com/learn/household-pests/ant-damage-and-disruption-clues-to-your-culprits

Cutworms

Cutworms are actually a name used for larvae for a number of adult moths species. They are known to do the most damage in the early gardening season when they finally come out of hibernation.

Cutworms chew through plant stems at the base and they primarily feed on the root on young plants. Even if just the bottom is damaged, the top of the plant will eventually shrivel and die.

These moth larvae rely on weeds and compost to lay eggs. Keeping such “fertilizer” to a minimum will help prevent this pest from making your property their home.

Source: https://www.almanac.com/pest/cutworms
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