Common Garden Pests And How To Spot Them

Is something damaging and eating your plants? These pests are every gardener’s worst nightmare and knowing how to spot them is step one. In this article, we will show you all the common pests that are invading your plants and eating at them. This article will also inform you on how to spot distinct signs for each insect. once you know how to spot these pests read our ‘Natural predators to control garden pests.


Aphids are small(5mm) sap-sucking insects and members of the Aphidoidea family. Other common names include blackfly and greenfly. There are many types of aphids ranging in different colours such as red, black, green, brown, or yellow. Different aphids go for different plants. You can tell if you have aphids by distorting growth, creating stickiness, curled leaves, and the aphids are visible under the leaves.

Slugs or Snails

Slugs and Snail are sneaky things, they will only come out when the weather is humid and will feed on your leaves, vegetables, such as cabbages, lettuce, and tomatoes. You can tell if you have snails or slugs invading your garden if you slivery slime trails on the leaves or across the ground. You can also tell when the leaves have ragged edges or irregular holes.

Vine weevile grub

Vine weevil grubs are white, legless, and have a light brown head. They are found in the soil, eating the roots. You will mostly find them from months September all the way through March. You can suspect that you have Vine weevil grubs when your plant(s) starts wilting due to eaten roots.


Earwig is small(15mm) brown and shiny with two end pincers. These are sneaky pests, they hide during the daylight. You can tell that you have Earwig due to ragged flowers and young leaves from Spring to Autumn.

Spider Mite

Spider mites are tiny Spider-like pests. To the rear-naked eye, spider mites look like tiny red, yellow, black, or brown moving dots. They pierce and feed on plant leaves, and you can tell if you have from the silky web is woven around your leaves or stem. In addition, you can also spot tiny white or yellow spots on the top of the plant leaves.


Leafhoppers are small(3mm) long, pale green, sap-feeding insects which can jump and fly short distances. You can tell if you have leafhoppers in your garden if you see a coarse pale mottling appears on the top of the leaf. Adult leafhoppers can be physically seen and the creamy white, wingless nymphs can be also spotted.

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