Spring is the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors. As the weather warms up, we begin spending more and more time outdoors. If you want to enjoy the beautiful weather and your garden, it’s important to keep pests out of your yard. Here are five tips to help you keep your spring pest free.
Clean up your house and yard and remove any potential food sources for pests. This includes pet food, trash, or anything that may attract rodents or insects. Keep Your Lawn Neat too. One of the easiest ways to attract pests is a messy lawn.
Weeds, overgrown grass, and other debris provide shelter for pests. Plus, they can attract pests in the first place. If you want to keep your lawn neat, you need to keep it mowed, trim your bushes and trees and keep your grass trimmed. If you have a pool or hot tub and use it daily for exercise or relaxation, it’s important to keep the area around it clean as well. Pests like mosquitoes love standing water, so keeping your yard clean of leaves and debris will help prevent an infestation of these bugs in your yard.
2. Seal off entry points
Pests will find a way into your home if you don’t seal off entry points such as cracks in windows and doors or gaps around pipes leading into the house. One way to prevent pests from getting inside is to seal off any openings around windows or under doors that could allow them access into your home. Use caulk if necessary and make sure any screens are secure. You can also try using a pest repellent spray around the perimeter of your home so pests don’t want to come near it in the first place.
3. Use natural repellents
When it comes to keeping the pests out of your garden, you don’t always have to rely on harsh chemicals. Some plants naturally repel insects and can be used to keep your garden free of pests. Try using natural repellents such as peppermint oil or dried herbs around entry points instead of chemicals that might be harmful to children or pets.
Marigolds, for example, are a natural repellent for many insects. To use them, plant the flowers around your garden or outside the perimeter of your home. You can also rub the leaves on other plants that you want to protect from bugs.
4. Monitor for bugs
Try to monitor your yard by looking for any bugs that may be present. If you see a bug, check to see if it is harmful. If not, let it be and enjoy the beautiful weather. If you see a harmful bug, you can eliminate it by using an insecticide or removing the bug’s food source.
5. Call a professional
If you find that the tips above aren’t enough, or if you’re seeing large amounts of bugs, call a professional exterminator to make sure your house is properly protected. When you call a professional, make sure to ask about any chemicals they plan on using and if they are harmful to pets or children.
In the spring and summer, you can enjoy the beautiful weather outside and your yard by planting flowers and trees. Pests can be a nuisance, but it is important to remember that they are not dangerous to your health. If you don’t want to see any bugs in your home or garden, try using the tips above and they will work wonders.