Backyard Pest Management

Subscribe to our free E-Newsletter, "Agri-News" (formerly RTW This Week)Agri-News
This Week

Managing common insects, weeds, plant diseases and certain animal pests found in the backyard can be a challenge. However, there are a number of ways to approach the problem. Information in this publication will help identify and manage pest problems.

Pest management methods will vary among individuals according to their tolerance of the pest, the damage and a basic philosophy about handling pest problems.

It may not be necessary to control pests if numbers are low and damage is not significant. At other times, simply spraying a tree with water, pruning a branch or digging up a weed will reduce or eliminate the problem. Natural predators may also control the pest problem.

Backyard Pest Management is designed to help focus on the key areas of pest management. The first section provides basic approaches to pest management and looks at ways to prevent problems and handle them as they arise. Further sections focus focus on the insects and the types of plants they damage.

There are many ways to deal with backyard pest problems. When using pesticides to control a problem, there is the potential for damage and the possibility of legal issues. Use pesticides with caution and always according to label directions.

For more information about backyard pest management, see Agriculture and Forestry’s publications below:

Backyard Pest Management - Pests of Coniferous Trees and Shrubs
Backyard Pest Management - Pests of Deciduous Trees and Shrubs
Backyard Pest Management - Pests of Flowers
Backyard Pest Management - Pests of Small Fruit
Backyard Pest Management - Pests of Turf Grass
Backyard Pest Management - Pests of Vegetables
Share via
For more information about the content of this document, contact Shelley Barkley.
This document is maintained by Rita Splawinski.
This information published to the web on May 20, 2014.
Last Reviewed/Revised on June 14, 2018.