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How to Control Pests in Your Vegetable Garden

Identify Good & Bad Bugs
A caterpillar rests on a plant.
  • Natural predators, such as ladybugs, feed on other pests. Keep in mind, if you introduce a natural predator, do not use chemical insecticides.
  • Caterpillars and grasshoppers are also good bugs for gardens. Hand-pick caterpillars and grasshoppers and drop into a bucket of soapy water.
Use Neem-Based Pesticides
A bottle of neem ready to be used in a garden.
  • Organic neem-based pesticides also provide good control. Always follow directions.
  • The easiest way to capture insects is with a trap. Place traps 30’ from the plants you are protecting to lure pests away from the garden.
  • Mulch with aluminum foil to repel aphids and other insects. This is practical only on a small scale.
Manage Caterpillars
A caterpillar crawls on cabbage in a garden.
  •  Natural pesticides such as organic BTK is the most effective caterpillar management. It is safe for people, animals and other insects.
  • If all else fails, consider chemical pesticides. Check with your Garden Center associate for appropriate vegetable gardening treatments.

TIP: Create a habitat for birds and beneficial insects, which feed on pests.