Pests are just that – pests!

Every gardener is the victim of them at some time, but at SGA we advocate prevention where possible. Healthy vigorous plants are much more resistant to disease, so, if the pests have descended, as well as trying to get rid of them, it’s worth thinking about what you can do prevent the next lot of nuisances. Make sure that your soil is healthy, there is good air movement around plants and there is a good range of predator insects e.g. lady birds, praying mantis, visiting or dwelling in your garden. Companion planting and having a diversity of flowers and scents can attract them and also attract birds which regard many pests as food.

Here is information about particular pests:

White Curl Grub

Hi, my name is: White Curl Grub (cockchafer in the southern states) Describe yourself: Well, I’m white and, as my name suggests, kinda curly (more C…

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Thrips

Hi, my name is:  Thrip There are around 6000 different species of this insect and they infect a wide variety of plants. Many species target…

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Scale

Hi, my name is: Scale Describe yourself: I'm tiny (about 2mm) but that's not a problem as I'm really unattractive. I am a single mum with up to 2000…

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Earwigs

Earwigs are striking little numbers, about 12-20mm in length. They are smooth, shiny, dark chocolate brown, with sensational pale yellow legs,…

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Christmas Beetles

Anoplognathus pallidicollis Most of us would be familiar with the bright and glossy Christmas beetles. We often see them dazed and confused, crawling…

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Pesticide Use

Ontario says NO to Pesticides Ahhh pesticides, a controversial subject at the best of times. Over beers with mates (bearing in mind we are ALL plant…

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Root Knot Nematode

Hi, my name is: Root Knot Nematode Describe yourself: For some reason, heaps of people are really scared of me. I don't know why, I'm just a…

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Chemical Terms

Use this guide to help you make the most sustainable decision possible when, if there is no alternative, you need to use chemicals. Active…

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Queensland Fruit Fly

Queensland Fruit Fly (Bactrocera tryoni) Queensland Fruit Fly was found in metropolitan Melbourne in January 2008. This is a matter of very great…

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European & English Wasps

(Vespula germanica and Vespula vulgaris) These closely related wasps are the scourge of Australian gardeners and barbecuers alike, with the ability…

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