Need some suggestions on what to plant in your new garden beds? Check out the following list of common garden pests and plant pests that destroy garden furniture. This list will help you choose plants and garden decor that are better suited to your home, giving you more resistant garden furniture pieces, like teak garden furniture.

If you come across any pests in your garden then it would be important to call a pest control specialist to ensure that there is not an infestation in your garden that could then get into your house. This is especially true when you are purchasing wooden furniture because these are the best environments for things like termites and therefore, you would need to contact people like terminix in oh, and other regions to get rid of the problem before it gets worse.

Here is the list of common garden pests and plant pests:

Potato Bug

Common Name: Tubal Borer

Health Effects: (Danger Level: Low) Potatoes can be affected, but, by no means should all plantings be destroyed or destroyed altogether. Plants affected by tubal borer may lose leaves or foliage from the upper leaf parts and upper portion of the main stem. Smaller tubular like areas may appear, which can make this pest difficult to detect.

Potato Bug Habitat: Subspecies Potini

Specific Description: The potato bug can cause symptoms that resemble haemorrhaging on the upper leaf surfaces, except that they are not, but they will often cause severe leaf damage. Leaves will be soft and yellowish, often with pale streaks. The leaves will eventually fall from the plants. This pest is very sensitive to the chemical natron in fertilizer and soil. Plants with tubular blooms are particularly vulnerable.

Identification: The potato bug is a fast mover and often takes off to find a different food source. It is also found in all parts of the country. It usually emerges in the spring but can emerge in the fall, when the tubular flowers are found on plants. This pest can cause serious damage to your teak garden furniture.

Life Span: When raised in a greenhouse or large nursery, the potato bug can live for 2 years, but it is the common potini variety that can grow to be very large. Once the adult insect takes flight, the adult life span can be up to 2 years.

Primary Reproduction: The adults can only reproduce when the plant is well established and produces tubular flowers. In the northern parts of its range, a cold spring can cause this bug to overwinter as adults, whereas it can overwinter in the southern parts of its range. Usually when spring comes, the adult is able to reproduce and have its next generation of eggs laid.

Plant Disease: (Danger Level: Low) The potato bug may leave a yellow spot or stain on the leaf surfaces of the plant. This can give the impression that the plant is diseased, but in most cases the potato bug will eventually move on and not leave permanent stains on the plants.

The only way to know if the plant is affected is to check the upper leaf parts for tubular blooms, discoloured, or soft spots. Smaller tubular like areas may appear. Due to the superficial nature of this damage, the tubular blooms are the more likely culprit.

We recommend checking your plants regularly. This will help keep them in good condition and give you plenty of wild-life to enjoy from your teak garden furniture.

Questionable Truth: Is the potato bug really a pest? Yes, but not in the typical way that people think. A small bite or sting will not be felt by a person, but if the insect is large enough, the damage is significant. This pest does not cause as much damage to a plant as some other pests.

Remember to keep an eye out for the potato bug all year round. This pest has the potential to cause damage to your teak garden furniture and this can seriously effect how it weathers over time.

Zoe Kickhefer
zoe@everydaylifes.com