You aren’t the only one who finds fresh, homegrown vegetable plants to be a tasty treat. A variety of insect pests may also target your vegetable garden. Take action to defend the garden, using a wide range of cultural and chemical controls to keep bugs off of vegetable plants so you can enjoy a lush, bountiful vegetable harvest. Lay yellow sticky traps on the soil around the affected vegetable plants. Bugs that attempt to scurry over the trap will become stuck in the sticky adhesive. The bugs cannot escape and will remain on the trap until you throw the trap away. Traps are also effective against larvae that feed off of the bottom of the plant and its roots. Replace the traps and allow them to reside on the soil until they stop collecting bugs. Spray an insecticide that is safe to use for vegetables over your crop. Such insecticides will kill the bugs on the vegetables without causing any harm to the plants. Most insecticides are sprayed onto the plant, but read your product’s label to know how your particular brand works.
Spray the affected vegetable plants with a strong spray of water from the hose. Some garden pests, such as the aphid, will fall off of the plant when squirted with a strong blast of water. Some will even drown or die from the impact. Bug eggs, which are often found on the undersides of the leaves, will also often become knocked off of the plant with water.