Your yard is a place you like to come home and admire while relaxing after a long day. Even the smallest oversight and it can quickly become the breeding ground for every single pest and nuisance that may ruin it and your home. There are five major landscaping tips that will help you prevent unwanted guests set on ruining your home.
Keep the Yard Clear of Debris
Clear away all ground timber and any other organic materials covering your yard. Not only do they provide shade and protection to pests, but they also create ideal locations for bugs to eat. Removing branches and any other debris that sit within eight inches from the ground will force insects to seek shelter as well as eliminate the larger pests that hunt those smaller bugs.
Remove Over Hanging Limbs
Pruning and trimming back any branches or foliage from your roof will reduce unwanted intruders like roof rats. Eliminating access to your roof, and in turn your attic, eliminates any shelter or potential food source for these nuisances. Eliminating access to a food source is the quickest way to impact and eliminate a pest population.
Fill and Seal All Cracks
Making sure you stay on top of your home repairs is critical to preventing pest infestation. Cracks in exterior walls or concrete can grow, becoming an entry point for pests like scorpions that may live in there for years breeding. The only way to stop these types of invaders is by sealing cracks, repairing torn screens, and adding door seals.
Keep Your Lawn Trimmed Regularly
The longer your grass is, the more ideal of an environment it becomes for pests. Regularly trimming your lawn will keep pests from settling in. Keeping your flowers and other plants well-maintained will also eliminate potential homes and hunting grounds for annoying insects.
Shallow Water Attracts Mosquitos
Be aware of standing water areas in your yard because these areas are what attract mosquitos most. Find ways to remove the water, if it can be swept up or if you need to upgrade your drainage system. These pests and others love shallow water, so consider a drip irrigation system instead of the sprinklers you currently use.
Keep Your Yard Free of Pests
Make spring the ideal time to implement your integrated pest management plan. Use the five key indicators mentioned above, assess your property, and make a plan of attack. If done on a regular basis, it is quick and easy maintenance that keep your yard healthy and pest free!
Call Bain Pest Control today with questions on how you can make your lawn pest free today!