PUBLISHED ON March 21st, 2011
Most homeowners rely on indoor pest control strategies to deal with pest invasions in the home. However, the underlying cause of indoor pest control problems is often the yard and outside area surrounding your home.
A home can rarely, if ever, be entirely free of bugs or insects. But when you actually have a pest control problem, this indicates pests have found a way into your home in large numbers. Thus, the best pest prevention tactic is to implement good outdoor pest control practices.
Here are six pest prevention and control tips for your yard:
Insects thrive in tall grass, so keep your grass cut short. Remove fallen leaves, dead foliage and other lawn debris, as these create places where insects can lay eggs or start a nest. Trim your shrubs and bushes, and remove unwanted plants growing on or around your home.
Excess moisture in your yard is also attractive to many insects, so an important pest prevention strategy is to keep the moisture level down around the outside of your home. When watering your lawn, try to water earlier in the day to allow ample time to dry. You should also monitor your yard, particularly during rainy seasons, for any drainage issues or standing water that may attract pests.
Clogged gutters can overflow and cause pools of water to form around the foundation of your home. They can also become breeding grounds for pests. Keeping your gutters clean is an important component of outdoor pest control.
As any pest control company can tell you, most pests will go wherever food can be found. This is particularly true for ants. Once insects have found a food source near your home, they will eventually find a way inside. To prevent this, make sure to remove any sources of food surrounding your home, such as garbage bags, pet food, bird feeders and fallen fruits.
5. Keep pest attractors away from the house.
Pests are often attracted to common yard features such as wood piles or compost piles. While it may not be desirable or feasible to eliminate these entirely, you should store them at least 25 feet away from the sides of your home.
Mulching around flower beds and landscape features is a popular way of reducing weed growth and keeping plants healthy, but it can also attract more pests to your yard. If you choose to mulch, use it sparingly and choose one made out of aromatic, insect repelling bark, such as cedar. Keep mulch away from the foundation of your home.
Finally, different insects migrate and reproduce during different times of the year. This is key to understand the connection between indoor and outdoor pest control. Hence, if you are in doubt, find a local pest control company that can offer you quality pest prevention services-using natural, thorough and efficient methods-and give them a call.