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The 5 Worst Common Garden Pests

Are you a keen gardener? Do you tend to grow a lot of your own fruit and vegetables, as well as pretty flowers and plants? Then you probably know there are many pests out there looking to undo all that hard work.

There are quite a few contenders for garden pest of the year prize, but which ones are generally the worst culprits?

Read on to find out more about 5 of the most badly behaved common garden pests.

Vine Weevils

Most people have seen vine weevils at some point, even if they don’t really know what they are. These little beetles love eating plants, and have a penchant for potted varieties. These insects are more common garden pests than you’d think. It’s often the case that weevil grubs will have already caused a lot of damage before the plants even start to bloom.

Snails and Slugs

We all know what slugs and snails look like. And even though they come in a variety of different sizes and colours, they all want the same thing in life. That is, they want to eat your plants.

snails in a london garden

Snails and slugs both consume a range of greenery. However, in UK gardens, they will particularly target Hostas, Clematis, Cabbage, Lettuce and Potato Tubers.


Very small and incredibly annoying, aphids are known for their appetite for flowers, fruit and vegetables. They normally attack the stems, foliage and leaves. They coat the plant in a sticky residue, effectively bringing its growth to a standstill. They are often known by the more familiar names of blackfly and greenfly.

Box Tree Caterpillar

In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of box tree caterpillars in London gardens. As a result, these are becoming more common garden pests. Obviously, as the name suggests, they target Buxus plants (commonly referred to as Box).

box tree caterpillar

Keep an eye out for these crafty caterpillars. They have dazzling black stripes and measure around 4cm. You’ll find them underneath leaves where they cluster in white coloured and very fine webbing. They can cause your Box to suffer damaged foliage and cause them to die back.

One of the Most Common Garden Pests – Foxes

When we think of garden pests, our minds invariably go to insects. However, certain mammals are as much if not more of a pest than insects.

Although foxes are a marvel to behold in the wild. But, that’s not usually the case when they’re digging up your garden and flowerbeds, or rummaging through your bins. Let’s not even mention the smell they make when they mark territory. And they will answer the call of nature just about anywhere!


Sally has been writing on the subject of pest control for 4 years. She always carries out extensive and in depth research and always tries to bring you the most up to date, interesting topics.

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