A List of the Most Dangerous Garden Pests (with Images)

A List of the Most Dangerous Garden Pests - Golly Gee Gardening

There are more than three dozen really harmful insects or bugs that you must protect your garden from. These bugs can be broadly classified as chewing insects, boring insects and sucking insects.

To give you an idea, here are the most dangerous bugs for your garden (get ready, it’s a long list):

American Oil Beetle

American Oil Beetle

Aphids

Aphids

Asian Multicolored Lady Beetle

Asian Multicolored Lady Beetle

Assassin Bug

Assassin Bug

Bald-Faced Hornet

Bald-Faced Hornet

Bed Bug

Bed Bug

Black Carpenter Ant

Black Carpenter Ant

Black Vine Weevil

Black Vine Weevil

Black Widow Spider

Black Widow Spider

Black-Legged Tick

Black-Legged Tick

Blister Beetle

Blister Beetle

Boll Weevil

Boll Weevil

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Buffalo Treehopper

Buffalo Treehopper

Carolina Locust

Carolina Locust

Cottonwood Borer Long-Horned Beetle

Cottonwood Borer Long-Horned Beetle

Differential Grasshopper

Differential Grasshopper

Dogbane Leaf Beetle

Dogbane Leaf Beetle

Emerald Ash Borer Beetle

Emerald Ash Borer Beetle

Giant Whip Scorpion

Giant Whip Scorpion

Gray Hairstreak Butterfly

Gray Hairstreak Butterfly

Kudzu Bug

Kudzu Bug

Megetra Cancellata Blister Beetle

Megetra Cancellata Blister Beetle

Mutillid Wasp

Mutillid Wasp

Red Pavement Ant

Red Pavement Ant

Red Velvet Cow Killer Ant

Red Velvet (Cow Killer) Ant

Red-Legged Grasshopper

Red-Legged Grasshopper

Rose Chafer Beetle

Rose Chafer Beetle

Spotted Cucumber Beetle

Spotted Cucumber Beetle

Spotted Tree Borer Beetle

Spotted Tree Borer Beetle

Spur-Throated Grasshopper

Spur-Throated Grasshopper

Three-Lined Potato Beetle

Three-Lined Potato Beetle

Tick

Tick

Tobacco Hornworm Moth

Tobacco Hornworm Moth

Western Conifer Seed Bug

Western Conifer Seed Bug

White Oak Borer Beetle

White Oak Borer Beetle

All these insects or bugs damage your plants or trees in different ways, or even pose a threat to you and your family. Some will bore into the plants, some will chew the leaves and flowers, some will suck out the sap, some will lay eggs and the larvae will feed on the plants and there can be an array of damages caused on almost all plants. These insects don’t target every flower, fruit, weed or vegetable. Each bug has its preference. Just as the bugs are different, their targets vary and how they cause damage can be distinctly dissimilar, the treatments are also quite varied. One single solution will not protect your entire garden from all bugs.

One of the best and easiest ways to take care of your bug woes is to just get a professional to inspect the bugs and the damages they are causing. You may want to get a proactive inspection to study the vulnerability of a garden given its location and the type of produce you are growing. The professional will recommend a host of measures that you can use to prevent any kind of damage.

Many bugs can be physically prevented with special types of fencing and screens. Some bugs are eaten by other bugs which you can introduce or plant trees to invite the latter. There are organic insecticides that you can resort to. Pesticides and other harmful chemicals should be the last option. There are many seasonal and annual kits available from various companies which will proactively protect the trees and all plants in your garden. It is much like the vaccines that protect us from viral diseases. Do not wait for your garden to be infested with insects. Take proactive measures.

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