Your top 5 Garden Pests

Do you know your Snails from your Vine Weevil, your Red Spider Mite from your Whitefly?

Gardening Direct will help you identify and eliminate some of your worst garden pests with these useful tips. Find out what the Top 5 Garden Pests don’t want you to know about them here.


Imagine, you’ve done all the hard work and your garden is looking wonderful and then you spot a partly eaten leaf, or your delicious greenhouse fruit is being devoured or your plants are looking increasingly unhealthy. It could be the result of slugs or snails or perhaps an invasion of vine weevil.

This series of articles from Gardening Direct will help you to spot the signs of these common pests, give you helpful advice about how to prevent infestations and treat them if they take hold.

Use this guide below as quick and easy point of reference to help you spot which pests are plaguing your garden. Why not print it out as a reminder of what to look out for.

  • Aphids: Small insects colonise shoot tips, and flower buds such as roses
  • Slugs and Snails: Holes in plant leaves, complete disappearance of young small plants over the ground
  • Glasshouse Whitefly: Clouds of small white-winged insects will fly into the air when an infected plant is disturbed. Creamy nymphs on the underside of leaves
  • Vine Weevils:Irregular semi-circular notches eaten into the edges of leaves, plant completely wilts and dies and then upon closer examination has no roots left
  • Red Spider Mite: Fine silk webbing on the plants and leaves lose their green colour, dry up and fall off.



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