BBC HomeExplore the BBC
This page has been archived and is no longer updated. Find out more about page archiving.

17 September 2014
Accessibility help
how to be a gardener - The complete online guide

BBC Homepage
Lifestyle
Gardening
Part One
Part Two

Are you signed in?
Go here for more information





Contact Us


homeModule 1Module 2Module 3Module 4Module 5Module 6Module 7Module 8
6 - Pests and diseases
Print page

RobinGarden friends
Many of the insects, birds and amphibians which come to our gardens will help to control pests by eating them.
There are lots of ways we can encourage these friends:
  • Grow nectar-rich flowers, such as the poached egg plant, Limnanthes douglasii.
  • Leave places for them to live over winter.
  • Make a wildlife pool.
  • Put out bird food, water and nesting boxes.
Blue tit Birds What they feed on
Robin and blackbird Soil grubs, caterpillars and other nuisances
Thrush Snails
Blue tit Greenfly
Wrens Thunderflies and springtails
Hedgehog Mammals
Hedgehogs Snails
Foxes Snails and grubs
Amphibians
Frogs and toads Slugs
Insects
Ground beetles and larvae Slugs, cabbage root fly, flea beetles, weevils and other soil pests
Lacewing and larvae Aphids and other small pests
Hoverflies and larvae Aphids
spider Spiders Flying pests, aphids, newly hatched caterpillars and woodlice
Ladybirds and larvae Aphids
Centipedes Springtails, mites, slugs and other insects
previouspage3of3Next
6. Problem solving

Introduction
Pests and diseases
 Common pests
 Common diseases
 Problems caused by growing conditions
Weeds
Test your knowledge
Go further

Highlights
Plant lists Plant lists
View plant lists on:

Find thousands more plants in the BBC Gardening database.
InteractiveInteractive
Find out how to control problems in your garden with the pest paparazzi game.
Requires Flash 5


About the BBC | Help | Terms of Use | Privacy & Cookies Policy