Last Updated: February 28, 2019

Definition - What does Pest mean?

In the plant world, pests refers to harmful organisms that latch on to plants, rendering them unsuitable for harvest. While most of these organisms tend to be insects, some fungi or plants can also be classified as pests.

Every garden is prone to pests. Some organisms are harmless but the majority are detrimental to a plant’s roots, leaves, and overall health. This is why it is important to carefully prune plants and adopt the necessary precautions for proper pest control.

MaximumYield explains Pest

If left untreated, pests can destroy an entire crop. It should be known that they also affect flowers, vegetables, and fruits. Some of these harmful organisms have also been known to spread to neighboring crops.

Pests can stunt a plant's growth, especially smaller ones, disturb the soil, harm the foliage’s appearance, and drastically reduce the overall quality of fruits and vegetables. When left untreated, pests often result in the plant’s death.

Ants, snails, slugs, caterpillars, spider mites, whiteflies, fungus gnats, and aphids are the most common types of garden pests.

As far as pest control is concerned, the majority of gardeners ultimately resort to the use of pesticides. In some cases, these can harm the actual plants and disrupt the overall garden ecology, which is why some people choose to use organic products.

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