Pests and Kansas seem to go hand in hand during the warm summer months. From grasshoppers to spider mites, landscapers throughout the state spend a considerable amount of time and resources on their landscaping pest control. Here are some bugs to watch for within your landscape so you can take care of any problems before they become major headaches:
- Grasshoppers. There are over 115 species in the state and they love to eat pretty much anything they come across. You can protect individual plants using nets, but for larger areas you will need to frequently apply insecticide.
- Ants. These guys pop up all over the place and are attracted to sap-producing plants. To remove them, simply sprinkle malathion, cyfluthrin, or any number of insecticides around their colony.
- Aphids. These are a major problem as they spread diseases from plant to plant. Controlling them is easy and neem oil, insecticidal soaps, malathion are all very effective.