Organic Pest Control: What Works, What Doesn’t

Our nationwide reader survey reveals the best methods for managing common garden pests.



Tomato Hornworm
The tomato hornworm, a thorn in the side of many tomato growers, claimed the No. 7 spot in our list of the 12 worst garden pests.
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Garden Slug
In our nationwide pest control survey, slugs took top honors as the most bothersome pest.
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Squash Bugs
Squash bugs took the No. 2 spot in our ranking of pesky pests.
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Cabbageworm Moth
The fourth-ranked garden pest, cabbageworms attack brassicas with a vengeance. If you see these white butterflies in your garden, protect your crops before the moths lay their eggs.
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Aphids
Aphids, the No. 3 ranked pest, were a problem for 50 percent of our survey respondents.
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Squash Vine Borer
Many gardeners use crop rotation and grow resistant varieties to protect their crops form squash vine borers, the fifth worst garden pest.
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Cutworm
An amazingly high percentage of gardeners reported getting good control of cutworms by using rigid collars around their plants.
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Japanese Beetle
Forty-six percent of our survey respondents reported battling Japanese beetles in their gardens.
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Cucumber Beetle
Take care to protect your cool, crunchy cukes from cucumber beetles, the No. 10 worst pest in home gardens.
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Coran Earworm
If you see dark spots on the end of your corn ears, you may have a corn earworm problem.
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Grasshopper
If you see grasshoppers — the No. 9 worst pest — hopping through your garden, you’d better hop to it with your control strategies!
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Whitefly
The whitefly flies in at No. 12, rounding out our worst garden pests list.
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