Having your property sprayed by a pest control expert will be your first line of defense against most critters, but there are some steps that you can take to eradicate bugs in between those service calls. Believe it or not, your home yard can be altered to be a fortification against bugs, making it a hostile environment for them while still creating a beautiful and natural space for you.
Here are a few tactics and strategies that will help you keep your property pest-free.
Get Rid of Standing Water
Getting rid of stagnant water is one of the most effective ways to keep bugs out of your home and off your property. In addition to drinking the water, many bugs also lay their eggs in puddles and ponds.
If your yard regularly floods, then you might need to dig a drainage ditch or install a French drain. Those devices will prevent water from pooling in your yard after a heavy rainstorm.
While a draining ditch may not sound the most appealing by name, they can easily be decorated to feel more like a natural creek than a draining system, and the moving water will make your yard much less hospitable for pests.
Clean Up Your Yards
Overgrown weeds and piles of clutter are perfect habitats for bugs, and that is just one of the reasons why you need to clean up your yard. At least once or twice a year, you should clear out old branches, leaves, and dead foliage. You also need to make sure that there isn’t any food debris or trash in your yard. Over time, that debris is going to attract ants, flies, and other bugs.
You can mitigate the initial pileup by putting mulch around your plants to make it harder for weeds to settle their seeds into the soil, as well as using hardscaping to create easy to sweep-clean patios and walkways. Certain types of clutter are more attractive than others, such as wood piles or compost, so doing some research on pest control or related sites can help you get a more thorough idea of what needs to be cleared out and what to replace it with.
Entice Predator Critters
In a balanced ecosystem, predators will keep insect populations from exploding. Unfortunately, those ecosystems often become skewed, and that could drive off key predators.
Putting a bat roost or birdhouse in your trees might attract a handful of predators that will decimate the bug populations. Bats are particularly helpful in taking out mosquito populations, moths, and other night pests that are harmful to humans.
Birds feed on pest bugs during the daylight hours and can even protect your trees against insects that can hurt them. Some stores also sell boxes of carnivorous bugs such as ladybugs, lacewings, and soldier beetles. These bugs are natural predators that are beautiful, non-aggressive to humans, and will keep more dangerous insects at bay.
Plant Bug-Repelling Bushes and Flowers
While some flowers are going to attract bugs, others will actually repel unwanted critters. Many of these bushes and flowers give off powerful chemicals that drive bugs off, and they are a great option for those who want to get rid of pests naturally.
Some of the most popular bug-repelling plants include lemongrass, lavender, rosemary, garlic, and mint. This means that not only will these plants keep your pests away, but you can use them as a home-grown herb garden.
For a more comprehensive list of plants that repel insects, and which are safe for pets, consulting with a pest control service or even a landscaping service can give you valuable insight to protecting your home.
All bugs require a source of food, a source of water, and some type of shelter. As long as pests can’t find those necessities on your property, they most likely won’t stick around. Planting the proper plants and introducing natural predators to your yard can also help immensely in keeping bugs away permanently. While large infestations require the help of professional pest control, these steps can help you fortify your yard before, during, and after an infestation to make prevent repeat invasions.
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