Keys to Effective Pest Control
Do you have visitors who are always making pests of themselves?
No, we're not talking about the annoying neighbor or the obnoxious
in-laws. We're talking about real pests. The animal and insect
variety. You know: rats, mosquitoes, squirrels.
Pests can be worse than just a nuisance. Depending on which
particular creature we're talking about, they can destroy
plant-life, carry diseases, even destroy your house's structure.
how do you take care of the pest problem at your home? The
best strategy is to keep them from coming into your yard
and house in the first place. This is best accomplished
by keeping a healthy lawn and by planting certain plant
types that are "pest-resistant."
plants? Yes, they do exist. A plant that is susceptible
to pest attacks is one that has nitrogen at high levels.
These plants typically have succulent growth. They look
vibrant but they are not very resistant to pest attacks
or disease. To help them become more pest-resistant, you
have to keep them watered regularly, and you need to space
them a good distance apart. This allows them to get
the aeration needed to help them be more resilient and better
able to stand against pests.
part of preventative action is to install a fence around
your property. This will help to keep out creatures such
as rabbits and deer--animal that look lovely, but which
can wreak havoc on your lawn. To keep out unwanted insects,
you can use row covers, or to keep birds away from your
fruit trees, there is special netting available. Also, it's
important that you have no still-standing water in your
yard that is not changed regularly (such as in a bird bath).
These will attract disease-carrying mosquitoes, which will
lay their eggs in the water.
are adorable to watch, but if you allow them to multiply
in your yard, they can get into the house where they will
chew away at wiring and insulation. To prevent this, keep
all tree limbs cut far away from the house. There are also
traps that can catch them without harming them.
other creature causes a lot of damage to many people's landscape.
We're talking about voles. A vole is a small animal that
resembles a mouse) (Chances are, if you ever have seen one
in your yard, you probably mistook it for a mouse.) There
are several ways to get rid of voles if you have them. You
could call in a professional exterminator. Or if you want
to do it yourself, you can buy poison baits (known as rodenticides)
or traps. Baits, such as d-Con or Rodex, are effective.
They kill the rodents by causing internal bleeding within
the vole causing it to hemorrhage to death. The negative
side is that they can be hazardous to other wildlife, and
if a child finds it and eats it, could be extremely dangerous.
A safer alternative might be mouse traps. Just find the
vole's runway and place the trap perpendicular to it. To
increase the odds of catching the vole, you have to find
what the creature's usual path is and station the trap there.
Place a little peanut butter on the trap. To minimize the
possibility of children setting off the trap, place it under
a box. It will be difficult for kids to set it off there,
and in fact, difficult for most larger animals to do so.
However, voles, which, like mice, are quite flexible and
small, will get under the box and hopefully caught in
few steps like this will help keep your home and yard pest-free,
and much more enjoyable.