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Rogues’ Gallery of destructive garden bugs—and how to give them the heave-ho

May 13, 2011 -

Meet the “Most Wanted” creepy, crawling, and flying pests who are out to eat your garden plants. Let us help you evict them from your garden.

The Slime Twins: Slug and Snail

As Tricia says in our new video, take an evening stroll in your garden, when so many of these pests come out for a snack. Pick off the slugs and snails (if you keep chickens and ducks you know how much they’ll love these “treats”.)

Open a Slug Saloon for your slippery visitors, sprinkle Sluggo Plus (no it won’t hurt anyone else) in your garden beds, or spread Insect Dust (diatomaceous earth) in dry areas around your plants.

Earwigs aka Pincher Bugs

You don’t want these in your salad, do you? They hide in dark places, like between artichoke leaves. Luckily, all our snail and slug tactics work on earwigs too.


You’ll find aphids on both the tops and the undersides of leaves. They’re a familiar garden pest on everything from vegetable seedlings to roses. You can make aphids a lot LESS familiar by adding more ladybugs nearby. Yes, let’s take a break to see a beneficial insect.

That’s better. Now, back to fighting aphids by other means.

Our sticky yellow traps attract aphids too. If you need sterner stuff to combat an aphid problem, we’ve got lots of organic products to do that. We have so many products that we made a directory on the left side of our Pest Control page. Just look  for the name of the bug you’re fighting, click on the name and our whole battery of appropriate products will appear.

If you’re bothered by cucumber beetles (we have a special lure, just for them) look them up in the directory.


Is your peskiest pest the whitefly? We’ve got 37 ways to solve that problem.

A handy aid to identifying more Garden Rogues is a set of Landscape Pest ID Cards. Easy to carry around the garden, the laminated cards have photos of the Public Enemies in their various life stages.

Match the bug on the card to one of the 35 bugs in our Pest Control directory and you’re on your way to solving any pest problems.

Solutions: Aphids, Cucumber Beetles, Earwigs & Sow Bugs, Slugs & Snails, Whiteflies

Categories: Organic Pest Control, Insect Trap, Organic Pesticide, Natural Insecticide, Insect Lure, Insect Control

Len Behr Says:
Aug 4th, 2012 at 9:09 am

I would like to see a suggestion for killing off stink bugs.  I have had a major ‘surprise’ infestation of these monsters this year and they are on everything in the garden rather suddenly.

I have tried combinations of pyrethrin, neem ol, spinosad, and insecticidal soap all with only minor success.


Len Behr

Charlotte from Peaceful Valley Says:
Jan 28th, 2013 at 1:16 pm

Len, We now have a Stink Bug kit Hope .this is helpful.

Jeanette Rodman Says:
Mar 18th, 2013 at 7:05 pm

These buggers have become major pests everywhere—and they eat everything !  When we had our siding replaced our contractor swept literally thousands of them off our house.  We still get then hatching out as soon as the weather gets warm.  The chickens love them, oddly!  Unlike me.  If I could get rid of these and snake root I would be one happy girl.

Charlotte from Peaceful Valley Says:
Mar 28th, 2013 at 11:07 am

Jeanette, Wishing you a pest and weed free summer!

elena eger Says:
Sep 11th, 2013 at 8:44 pm

Looking for an organic way to control cabbage moths.  Planted seedlings today and already the moth is in my garden!


Charlotte from Peaceful Valley Says:
Sep 12th, 2013 at 3:35 pm

Elena, It is the cabbageworm larvae that do the damage.  Dipel, and on a smaller scale pbi291 Safer Caterpillar Killer (liquid) and Safer Garden Dust pmb101, contain B.T. and are registered to counteract cabbageworm and most other lepidoptera, but not beneficial insects. Many neem products are also registered for worm control.

Maggie Says:
May 11th, 2014 at 5:57 pm

Squash Borers and Squash bugs wrecked my garden last year.  I tried removing the eggs of the squash bugs with tape and squishing them and a homemade insecticidal soap.  Is there anything else!  It was so disappointing I don’t want to garden this year!

Stephanie Brown Says:
May 12th, 2014 at 9:34 am

Oh no Maggie!

That sounds so disheartening. You can additionally make little squash bug traps out of squares of cardboard. Here is the ipm fact sheet to help you with an IPM strategy for getting rid of those bugs.

cintra Says:
Jul 21st, 2015 at 8:20 am

I am so disheartened with bugs in my garden.  So now that my beans are looking wonderful and producing I have Mexican bean beetle.  I hate picking them of and squashing them by hand…...any other way to deal with them?

Suzanne at Peaceful Valley Says:
Jul 21st, 2015 at 9:47 am

Cintra, you can hand pick and put them in a bucket of soapy water if you don’t want to squish them. I cannot make any specific recommendations, but insecticidal soaps are listed to control these beetles. In the future, consider increasing your beneficial insect population to help control these. Praying mantis, spined soldier bugs or parasitic wasps will help to control these beetles. You might also try yellow sticky traps and see if they will be attracted to the color.

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