Our Guide to Removing Garden Pests

During the year our garden can attract all sorts of pests such as bugs, weeds, mould and moss. These pests can make your garden unsightly, create slippery walking conditions and destroy beautiful plants and flower displays. In this blog, we share some common garden pests and what you can do to prevent them from invading your garden.

How to remove harmful garden bugs

Your garden can attract a whole host of interesting and friendly wildlife and insects. Some can add to your garden making it a special haven and green space. However, others can wreak havoc by eating plants and spreading disease. It’s important to know your good bugs from your bad bugs to help keep your garden plants safe and healthy.

Bugs such are bumblebees, earthworms, ladybugs, and butterflies are of the friendly variety and are often desirable to have in your garden. These bugs often help us in maintaining our plants by pollinating, helping to fertilise soil, and by eating some of the bad critters! So be sure to roll out the welcome wagons by planting attractive flowers for bees and butterflies to pollinate and consider adding a bug hotel to let these insects make themselves at home.

Every now and then you may find that some bad bugs are in the neighbourhood eating your plants. So how do you tackle these harmful garden bugs? Well, first it’s important to know what bugs are causing the infestation as this will often indicate how you tackle the problem.

Some common bad garden bugs include:

  • Aphids
  • Tomato hornworms
  • Caterpillars
  • Spider mites
  • Cucumber beetles

How to remove harmful garden insects:

Once you’ve identified the culprit you can then decide on the appropriate and humane way to ensure that it doesn’t destroy your plants. For some insects such as tomato hornworms and cucumber beetles handpicking them off on sight is the best method. For others, such as caterpillars introducing natural predators such as birds, wasps or ladybirds can help to keep the problem at bay. Another method that works well for aphids and spider mites is to spray them off with water using a hose or spray bottle such as the Thrust One Mini 2000.

How to remove mould in the garden

While mould is more commonly associated with growing in moist, warm areas in the home like the bathroom, it can inhabit your garden too. Usually, garden mould will grow on soft furnishings that are left outside in the garden, for example, patio chair cushions. If soft furnishings are rained on it can create the perfect conditions for mould and mildew to grow.

The good news is that most soft furnishings are able to be easily cleaned in the washing machine - but be sure to check the washing instructions prior to doing this! If the mould infestation is severe, mix some lukewarm water with stain remover and use s scrubbing brush to gently remove the mould before placing in the washing machine (if applicable).

How to remove weeds effectively

When it comes to garden pests, it’s likely that common garden weeds won’t be far from your mind. There are a number of ways to tackle weeds in your garden so experiment to find the methods that are most effective for you. Some people prefer the extremely hands-on approach of using hands and a trowel to manually pull them out from the roots. Others prefer using a sprayer to distribute weed killer.

However, if you do opt for using a sprayer, be sure to only spray the weeds and not any surrounding plants. One method to avoid this is to reuse old 2 litre plastic bottles. Cut the top and the bottom off of the plastic bottle and place the cylinder over the weed. Then spray directly into the cylinder, the plastic bottle should protect any surrounding plants from unintentional spray.

How to remove moss with ease

Moss can be another pest that can infest your garden. If you read our recent blog ‘How to Remove Moss From Paths’ you’ll know that one commonplace it can grow is between paving slabs and on pathways. This can create dangerous walking conditions if left unchecked.

Unfortunately, moss doesn’t just grow on pathways, they can appear in multiple places throughout the garden - including on your garden furniture! Mosses thrive in damp growing conditions so they can often be found growing in places with poor drainage, shady areas, or nearby other trees and vegetation.

When it comes to removing moss from your garden Wet & Forget Rapid is one sure way of eradicating the issue quickly and easily. Rapid’s Sniper Nozzle can help you target large areas with ease and then you can sit back and let Wet & Forget do the work.

Our products are specifically tailored to help you target and eradicate mould, mildew lichen, moss and algae in and around the home. Explore our range of cleaning products and find out how Wet & Forget can help you solve your infestation problem.