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PESTS AND PLANTS
For the East Texas region, there are specific insect and plant pests to be aware of because of the threat they pose to your landscaping. The most dangerous of these is listed below.
- Index 1: silverfish, mayflies, grasshoppers, roaches
- Index 2: termites, lice
- Index 3: true bugs (squash bug, leaffooted bug, etc.)
- Index 4: true bugs (whiteflies, aphids)
- Index 5: aphids, scales, thrips
- Index 6: beetles
- Index 7: beetles, borers
- Index 8: beetles, weevils
- Index 9: beetles, weevils, fleas, flies, mosquitoes
- Index 10: fleas, moths
- Index 11: moths, butterflies, caterpillars
- Index 12: moths, butterflies, caterpillars
- Index 13: moths, worms
- Index 14: wasps, bees
- Index 15: bees, ants, mites, ticks, spiders, scorpions
- Index 16: centipedes, millipedes
With recent rains and the sudden spike in temperature, we’ve received quite a few calls about how to deal with garden pests. Texas is certainly known for its critters, big and small, but harsh chemicals are not always the answer.
Its important to think of your yard as an ecosystem. You depend on it for beauty, recreation, to add value to your property. If you have pets its also their home and play area. Then there are the native wildlife, beneficial insects, and the many streams, aquifers, and water sources that are connected to it. That’s why its so important to be smart about how we deal with pests, so we can avoid poisoning our pets and other beneficial critters or contaminating our water supply.
The first thing you need to determine is do you really have an infestation, or did you just notice one or two pests that you’d rather do without. If your yard is healthy, those bad bugs won’t last long as they fall prey to beneficial insects like ladybugs or get eaten by birds. If you truly have an infestation, there is a process to follow.
Bottom line yes bugs aren’t our favorite things, but they are part of our ecosystem. So we do have to deal with them—to an extent. We just have to make sure that we do it in a way that is both considerate of our larger community and that truly gets to the heart of the big problem.