Keep the Bugs Off Your Lawn
The arrival of warmer weather heralds many wonderful things: blooming flowers, greener lawns and an abundance of sunshine. Unfortunately, it also means the return of common lawn pests.
Beyond the psychological and visual lack of appeal that bugs create, they can also damage your carefully maintained yard and garden. If you’re at a loss on how to prevent-- or evict-- these pests, here are some tips!
Avoid Ponding Water
This is a tip that helps in many areas of lawn growth. Too much standing water in your yard can cause rot and wash out helpful nutrients. Puddles can also serve as the perfect breeding ground for the bane of all outdoor gatherings: mosquitos.
Avoid the blood sucking swarms by filling in low-lying areas of your lawn. If you have planters or decorative pots in your yard, make sure to dump them out after a rain.
What we see as a garbage can, bugs see as a smorgasbord. Ants in particular are attracted to the residue of sticky foods.
Make sure to not just take out the trash, but to clean down your garbage bins periodically to prevent food build up. It probably goes without saying, but make sure your yard stays litter free too! Beyond just being unsightly, that spare wrapper could be inviting tiny invaders.
Plants Pull Double Duty
One way to get proactive about pest control is to choose plants that naturally repel bugs. Lemon or citronella grass, marigold, lavender and rosemary are all common suggestions for this. Fortunately, they both repel bugs and smell good to humans!
Citronella in particular is a commonly used bug repellent. Citronella candles and tiki torches are a great option for your patio parties.
A Close Cut
Bugs thrive in long grass and untrimmed lawns. Keeping your grass regularly cut and your hedges trimmed will go a long way towards removing pests’ places to hide. Pay attention to any branches or vines that are making contact with your home; these can be an easy inroad for bugs.
Call in the Pros
One of the most effective ways to cut back on bugs once they’re already there is by using a good pesticide. However, pesticides can contain powerful chemicals that might do more harm than good if applied to the wrong areas or in the wrong way.
This means that sometimes your best bet is to call in the professionals for their input on what pesticides to use and how to use them. That’s where we come in! If you’re needing some help banishing unwanted yard residents, give us a call.
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