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The First Signs of Infestation in the Garden: What to Look For

by on August 28, 2012

infestedAn infestation in the garden can ruin your day and your harvest. In many cases, knowing what to look for – the early signs of pests infestation – can save your crops and your sanity as well. Let’s take a look a few first signs that you should always be on the lookout for.

Color
Watch for unusual changes in color of the plants in your garden. Yellowing or darkening leaves can be an early indicator of a pest infestation in the garden.

Texture
Are your leaves unusually dry, brittle, or oily? Are the stems weak or more woody than normal? Pest infestation can be the culprit.

Holes in the Fruit
Does your produce have tell-tale holes or other defacing marks? Be on the lookout for pests.

Don’t Overlook the Obvious
You might also see obvious signs of infestation like clusters of tiny insects on the underside of the leaves. On first glance such clusters can look like nothing more than dirt, but they can be bugs or even their eggs!

In many cases, infestations can be dealt with quickly if they are discovered quickly. That requires you to be constantly aware of the plants in your garden. Know what they look like under normal conditions so you can easily recognize changes that can indicate infestation.

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