Garden plays an important and special role at your home. It is a beautiful safe space to relax and rest from our busy lifestyles. It is a place to enjoy the beauty of pretty flowers and bushes or to immerse yourself in cultivating fruits and vegetables to forget about high demands of work life and get rid of ever-present worries about plans and endless to-do-lists. However, you are not the only one who thinks that your garden is a paradise. Various insects and rodents find it a perfect home or a honeymoon resort for themselves. Some of them are relatively harmless and can peacefully dwell in your garden without bringing much trouble, but others can cause a significant to damage your precious plants. So it is important to be able to identify those bugs and small animals early on to be able to take measures before they multiply and cause irreversible damage to your lovely garden. To help you know your enemy by sight, we made a description of a several garden pests common in Arizona:

Aphids

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Aphids are small (about 0.04-0.39 inches) soft-bodied insects which can appear in light green, white, pink, brown, red, dark-grey or black color. That pear-shaped insect has a long antennae and long legs. Look for aphids on leaves – especially on undersides. A sign of aphid infestation is a sticky sugary liquid on leaves called honeydew, which aphids release while feeding on sap. Honeydew causes mold on plants and it also attracts other insects, which also can be destructive for your plants. Another sign of aphid infestation is yellowish, curling or deformed leaves. If you notice these symptoms, you should request help from Core Pest Solutions as soon as possible because aphids feeding on your plant cause slow growth, illnesses or death of a plant.

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Scale insects

Scale insects have a pretty similar effect on plants as aphids – leaves turn yellow, growth slows down, and an affected plant loses its vigor – which eventually might lead to its death. There are over a thousand species of scale insects widely varying in appearance. They are usually white in color and can be either hard-shelled or soft. Sometimes they have white legs reminiscent of a spider. Females attach themselves to leaves, braches or twigs and secrete a wax to build a protective shell. After secreting the wax their legs fall off and they remain immobile under their shell, so they look like a white mold rather than like an insect. They spread onto other plants through wind or they are carried on feet of birds and other animals.

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Scale insects have pretty similar effect on plants as aphids – leaves turn yellow, growth slows down, an affected plant loses its vigor, which eventually might lead to its death. In Arizona, there are hundreds of species of scale insects widely varying in appearance. Usually, they are white in color. They can be either hard-shelled or soft. Sometimes they have white legs reminding those of a spider. Females attach themselves to leaves, braches or twigs – they secrete wax to build a protective shell. After that their legs fall off and they remain immobile under their shell, so they look like a white mold rather than like an insect. They spread onto other plant through wind or they are carried on feet of birds and other animals. If you notice those immobile white spots on your plants call Core Pest Solution for help – we will save your precious plants from illness and death.

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Pocket gophers

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This cute little furry animal with chubby cheeks is actually a harmful rodent which destroys your plants by eating roots, bulbs, and tubers, and burrowing tunnels in your garden. Gophers vary in color from light-brown to black, their body size is around 6-8 inches. Apart from your plants, they can also damage an irrigation system, wires and cables with their sharp teeth. Their subterranean activity also denudes soil. Watch out for signs of gopher presence like crescent-shaped mounds of dirt. Take actions early on because they bury tunnels on large territories pretty quickly. Request professional services from Core Pest Solution before these animal destroyed your garden.