As summer weather is finally starting to kick in people are spending more time outdoors in their yards. But unfortunately, the warm weather brings some uninvited guests, there are certain species of pests that hide and breed in your lawns and backyards. Not only do these pests cause a nuisance while you’re spending time entertaining friends outside, they can also easily spread from your yard into your house. Because of this reason, regular and proper outdoor pest control is important. IT is bets to call in the professionals such as Endeavour Property Services who offer pest control services in Auckland. As they are equipped to deal with pest infestations of all types as well as methods for preventing pest issues in the first place. Below we will cover some easy steps you can take to make your garden less attractive to a range of pests.
Remove organic matter
Organic matter in your garden such as mulch, compost and lawn clippings, can be an attractive home to a range of pests from mosquitos to wasps. They are attracted to organic matter as it acts as a warm and moist sheltered environment for pests. This is why it is important to keep your garden tidy and free of decaying organic matter. A good way to do this is to use a garden bin, and organise regular collections.
Pests are commonly come to your home and garden in search of water, a range of pests from rats to cockroaches are travel from home to home looking for water to satisfy their needs. In order to avoid these pests coming to your home be sure to get rid of or reduce the accessibility to water sources. This could be something as small as a hollow in your lawn that collects water, a pet’s water bowl or as large as a swimming pool. In order to reduce the number of pests making your home and garden their home, be sure to drain or cover water sources.
Keep Water Moving
Another way to ensure pests are not attracted to your garden is to ensure any water in pools, water features and foundation is kept circulating and moving. As when water is not moving it becomes stagnant, and can be an attractive breeding zone for pests such as mosquitos.
Another easy way to control outdoor pests is to think about what plants you plant in your outdoor entertaining areas. As like certain plants attract animals like flowers and bees, other plants are natural deterrents for animals. Some examples of this are spearmint, which when planted naturally repels fleas, moths, ants, beetles and flies. As well as other fragrant plants and herbs like oregano, onion, garlic and eucaltyptus which are effective in repelling a range of pests. As a rule of thumb strong smelling flowers and herbs are the most effect in repelling pests from your outdoor areas.
You can also use the essential oils of these plants, as these are very strong and the smell is highly effective in scaring off a range of pests. Examples of essential oils suitable for pest repellents are, peppermint, cedar wood, orange, lavender and more. These oils can be used in spray bottles in areas you see the pests or through diffusers.
Torches & candles
Another effective way to repel mosquitos and a range of flying pests is lighting tiki torches. Not only does this add great ambience when entertaining guests, also the smoke these torches let off helps to repel mosquitoes and flies. Another way to repel pesky outdoor pests is to burn a citronella candle, or se tiki torches with citronella oil in them.
Keep lawn trimmed
Another easy thing you can do to keep outdoor pests at bay is keeping your grass trim and short, you will not only have a cleaner looking lawn, but you’ll also help keep bugs away. A lot of bugs, including mosquitoes, bees and even fleas, are drawn to tall grass and weeds for ground nests and quiet places.
Fleas are attracted to moist, shady and cool places, which is why your lawn is the idea palce to call their home. Although a well-maintained lawn will not provide enough protection for a flea to live. This is why it is important to keep your lawns trimmed and short, especially in the summer months where fleas are more of an issue.
Eliminate food sources
Another important thing to take into consideration in removing any possible food sources for a range of pests. You need to think creatively when looking at what in your garden could act as a food source for pests. Think about it from the eyes of a pest. Some common food sources found in a garden are, fallen fruit from fruit trees, uncleaned BBQs and unsecured rubbish bins.