Keeping undesirable insects like mosquitoes, ticks, ants, beetles, snails, and stink bugs out of your yard and garden can be a never-ending fight. However, several practical pest control methods are available, whether you’re dealing with moths, fleas, caterpillars, beetles, or another type of bug. To avoid your backyard becoming a paradise for pests, contact an expert pest control company like Avondale Pest Control or use some patented and tried-and-true methods to keep creepy-crawlies away.
Get rid of standing water
Mosquitoes aren’t only annoying; they’re also hazardous carriers of Zika, dengue fever, and other diseases. Is there a birdbath in the yard? Water buckets for pets? Even if the rainwater is not draining correctly, all of this effectively lays down the welcome mat for mosquitoes. Mosquitoes don’t travel far from where they spawn, and they can’t lay eggs, hatch, or moult without water. So ensure that any potted plants are adequately drained of excess water, birdbaths or fountains are cleaned or added to prevent the water from becoming stagnant. If there is a pool, ensure that the chlorine and other chemicals are added in the proper amounts.
Use natural scents
Certain odors are repulsive to some creatures, notably ants. However, Cinnamon, black pepper, vinegar, lavender, mint, and various other ingredients are efficient repellants. There are several methods to use this to your advantage: grow mint in the yard, combine the cinnamon essential oil with water and use it as a spray for the grass, or sprinkle black pepper in problematic places in the yard.
Keep a watch out for firewood
Most people store their firewood in the backyard, which is convenient. However, if the wood begins to rot, it becomes a highly appealing resort for pests of all types, attracting cockroaches, termites, and all their friends—and your garden will be their next visit. Do not wait if indications of deterioration appear. Get rid of the firewood as soon as possible.
Food-grade diatomaceous earth
Many people have never heard of food-grade diatomaceous earth, yet it kills any pests it comes into contact with and is one of the most effective remedies for ants, bed bugs, and fleas. This non-toxic, naturally occurring soft, siliceous sedimentary rock, also known as diatomite, is the fossilised remnants of a kind of protist. It quickly crumbles into a fine white powder, which may then be spread over your garden or any locations you are worried pests are entering your home. On contact, food-grade diatomaceous earth will dry out insects, and its tiny edges will cut them, hastening the process.
Are you still struggling with lawn pests?
Of course, various pests require different solutions, and not all of these methods will work on every type of garden invader. Any comprehensive and long-term solution to a pest problem will include the involvement of a specialist. At Avondale Pest Control, we have the skills, experience, and instruments to deal with any pest bothering you.