Any creepy crawly thing with six legs is an insect. They share similar life stages, going from egg to larva to adult. Of course, from your point of view, spiders are bugs, too, even though they're not insects, but arachnids.
Keep Bugs From Eating Your Vegetables
Bugs can do tremendous damage in your garden. There is nothing worse than losing your vegetable plants to hungry garden pests. Keep your garden lush and delicious by controlling problem insects. Here's how.
Find Out What You Have
When it comes to food, bugs aren't stupid. They love succulent vegetables as much as you do. To find the most effective treatment, it helps to know what's eating up your garden. Are your seedlings being eaten up at night? Maybe you have cutworms. Are your plants' leaves looking like lace? Sounds like Japanese beetles. Look around and see what's there. Finding an effective treatment is easy.
For Most Daytime Bugs
For beetles, aphids, leafhoppers, and other nasties, use a product that is effective on your vegetable plants, such as Ortho® Flower, Fruit & Vegetable Insect Killer, which kills listed insects on listed edible plants fast. It also protects your plants for up to 4 weeks. Be sure to read the label to see how long after application you need to wait before harvesting your vegetables.
For Things That Go Munch in the Night
Everyone loves a midnight snack, especially some garden pests. Some of them aren't even bugs. Snails and slugs are mollusks. You can control them with products designed for mollusks, such as Ortho® Bug-Geta® Snail and Slug Killer. It's long lasting. The all-weather formula is effective up to 3 weeks.
For Scales and Mealybugs
These bugs protect themselves with a coating of semi - digested sap. That makes them hard to control. You can treat them with Ortho® Flower, Fruit & Vegetable Insect Killer which provides local systemic control. It's absorbed and held in the plant leaves to control the bug as it eats. You can also use Ortho® Fruit Tree Spray which contains neem oil. Oils control scale and mealybugs by suffocating them.