A little while back, we reviewed a few ideas on how to keep your yard free of bugs. As we reach the closing days of summer and turn into Fall, it remains important to keep these ideas in mind. It’s worth remembering that none of these are completely fool-proof. Nature is often unpredictable, and there are dozens if not hundreds of species in the immediate area of your home that want to hang out in your yard, so it’s difficult to find solutions that will apply to all of theme. These tips, however, are definitely useful for curbing that infestation and giving you the edge you need to be able to still create a space you can enjoy on your property.
Encourage friendly pest hunters to move in- Another great way to discourage bugs in your backyard is to encourage more pleasant animals to your yard that will chase them away. A birdhouse or bird bath is an excellent start. Birds will certainly eat mosquitoes, but it’s worth remembering that for most birds, mosquitoes represent a fairly small percentage of their diet, but they will eat larger and slower bugs that are also plaguing your backyard. Bats are another great predator to welcome to your yard, as they are voracious feeders that will help reduce the pest population. Finally, if you have ponds or other water installations in your yard, consider getting some aquatic guests to help deter bugs from taking hold. Frogs can be a great addition, feasting on any number of bugs, and the “Gambusia affinis” or literally “Mosquito fish” is a great addition to a fish pond, and is often used by insurance companies or developers trying to remove mosquitoes from development sites.
Cultivate plants that deter bugs- Getting a two for one deal is always great, and that’s exactly what you receive when you plant beautiful items like marigolds, lavender, or citronella plants look great in your yard while also detering some kinds of bugs. Or consider herbs such as lemongrass, rosemary, or garlic can be used in your kitchen while again getting annoying bugs to steer clear of your yard while growing.
Finally, when all of these tips have been tried, you may still want to use a chemical treatment to ensure the final touch is taken to truly give you a pest free yard. To be able to take your yard to the level of quality and cleanliness that you need, and the pest control plan you desire, give us a call today!