Now that summer is in full swing, you’ll certainly see an influx of pests that weren’t as visible during the colder winter months. Don’t be down, though – there are a number of simple do-it-yourself techniques that homeowners and renters can apply that will help keep their yard pests to a minimum. One of the keys to remember is that a messy, unmaintained yard can act as a mini paradise for pests. Overgrown shrubbery, puddles of water, and piles of wood and debris provide pests with luxurious places to live and eat. By maintaining the yard, you can help to minimize areas for pests to flourish.
Maintaining Grass and Shrubbery
We all know that a well-trimmed lawn and other foliage help to increase the curb appeal of homes. For some, this benefit is enough to motivate homeowners and renters to get the job done and keep it done on a regular basis. However, those who were not convinced before may be enticed by knowledge that well-maintained greenery around the yard is also one of the best pest prevention techniques.
This includes simple yard work like cutting the grass, trimming trees and bushes, and removing piles of brush and old leaves. Overgrowth and debris provide a great nesting ground for pests like ants, fleas, spiders, cockroaches, and rodents. Therefore, the absence of these liabilities will equate to less space for them to invade!
Moisture is one of the key components for facilitating pests. Homeowners and renters should be sure to keep moisture to a minimum. Mosquitoes need stagnant pools of water to lay their eggs. Therefore, those who have bird baths and similar decorations should be sure to consistently replace the water to make sure it’s fresh. If possible, try to get a bird bath that flows so that the water is not stagnant.
Ditch the Mulch
While many may opt for mulch in their gardening, it’s important to keep in mind that mulch retains a lot of moisture. As a result, it acts as a great harbor for pests like ants and termites. While mulch is okay for the main areas of the yard, it’s best to avoid mulch against the home. Opt for a mulch-free barrier made of dirt or stone in the area that spans roughly 18 inches from the foundation of your home. This way, you can help to keep pests away from the home’s immediate perimeter, which significantly reduces the chances of pests entering the home.