While your garden should have some insects because they keep more dangerous pests out and help to pollinate it, there are some that are useless and harmful. These insects can multiply quickly and become more foe than friend in the garden you worked so hard in. Here are some common garden insects you might be dealing with and how to properly get rid of them.
Ladybugs, also called lady beetles, are not bad insects. While they may look like pests you want nothing more than to get rid of, try not to! Before they grow into ladybugs, the lady beetle looks like a long, spiky insect that is mostly black. They will live on your leaves, but they do not eat the leaves. They will, however, help you kill off and scare off some of the other pests that do eat and destroy your plants. Try to keep these around if possible.
One type of insect you do want to get rid of is the leaf miner. These will destroy the leaves on your plants and flower bushes and should be eliminated as quickly as possible. Once the leaf miners get onto your leaves, they not only destroy them, but they lay eggs on the leaves, which hatch and then burrow into the leaf tissue. Many plants are prone to leaf miners, such as columbine, which rarely survive. The best thing you can do when you're dealing with leaf miners is to remove the leaves affected, as insecticides could damage the plant.
Japanese beetles are a terrible insect to find in your garden. Not only do they start destroying your lawn as grubs, but as an adult they will ruin your plants during the day. They even have a very fast reproduction rate, which only makes it worse. They look like a rounded beetle that has a gold body with reddish-copper wings. While you may not be able to completely get rid of them all at one time, you can try knocking them into a jar of soapy water, then closing the lid, to at least lower the population.
If you are looking at the stems of your plants and you notice minuscule bumps along it, this isn't actually a disease on your plant; it is an insect called a scale. Scales are deadly to your plants because they attach to plant stems and start sucking up the juices, which dries it out. Many people who don't know better just assume their plant has died of natural causes, but is actually from these pesky little insects. To get rid of scales, you can either prune the branches affected by them, or use an oil on the branches if it is in early spring.
If any of these insects become a problem you aren't able to take care of, call your local pest control company like Metro Exterminating.