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Your Guide to Pest Control

Your Guide to Pest Control

Nothing can be more discouraging than to have a beautifully designed and cultivated lawn and gardens, only to have them ravaged by pests midway through the growing season. Other yard conditions may invite pests, which, while not a threat to your vegetation, can carry disease and make outdoor life in your yard both unhealthy and unpleasant. With some solid research and planning, however, you can avoid the devastation to your vegetation and your lifestyle.

First, one must understand that, in order for pests to gain a foothold, they must have the proper environment to live and reproduce. Take away their optimum environment and their chance for survival is relatively slim.

Four-Legged Pests

Rabbits, squirrels and deer comprise the most significant number of pests that wreck havoc on gardens, especially those growing vegetables. Prevention may involve fencing or netting around those valuable plants, although this may detract from the aesthetic value. Another option is that of re-direction. Setting out food which is far removed from the garden areas may, in fact, deter these critters from your payload.

Some four-legged pests, especially squirrels and raccoons, can actually take up residence in your home attic or within the rafter areas between ceiling and roof. Setting traps is efficient, however, one would be wise to consult a professional to eliminate the problem.

Flying/Creeping Pests

There are a significant number of these critters, to include those which attack lawns and plants and those that attack humans.

Preventing disease and/or pest damage to one’s lawn will certainly involve the use of treatments available at any lawn and garden retailer. In the interests of us all, however, it is strongly recommended that consumers purchase those with natural ingredients as opposed to dangerous chemicals which can pollute water supplies and harm birds and other wildlife. An amazing newer pest control substance is actually now available from worm excrement, and is a natural pest control as well as fertilizer.

Perhaps the most irritating and potentially dangerous pests for humans are mosquitoes, and prevention, again, is the best defense. Burning citronella candles will keep them at bay while individuals are outside in the evenings. Another important prevention is to avoid any standing water in your yard area. Mosquitoes cannot breed without moisture, so this is a critical piece in your “war” against them. An additional all-natural method is to keep those bird feeders filled throughout the spring, summer and fall months. The more birds in a yard, the fewer mosquitoes!

Miscellaneous Pests

Some birds, certainly woodpeckers, can be irritating. Many a homeowner has been awakened in the morning with the sound of a woodpecker hammering on the guttering, roof or soffit areas of the home. Bright objects will usually deter woodpeckers, as will feeders especially designed for them to satiate their hunger.

Whatever your pest problem, it is important to do the research and determine the treatment best suited to your situation. Above all, however, it is important to be mindful of environmental factors. Eliminating pests by the use of potentially harmful chemicals may resolve the immediate problem but create a much more dangerous long-term problem.

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