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Keeping Your Yard Pest-Free During Spring

Apr 15, 2024

Spring is always welcomed after a long winter, with its vibrant blooming flowers, awakening wildlife, and longer days– but it can also usher in a wave of unwanted guests: pests! From mosquitoes and ticks to grubs and ants, these unwelcome visitors can quickly turn your backyard oasis into an itchy, uncomfortable space.

The good news is that there are many effective strategies you can employ to keep your yard pest-free throughout the spring season. Taking a proactive approach and creating an environment that’s less hospitable to pests, you can make your yard a comfortable place to enjoy the outdoors again.

Preventative Measures to Keep Pests at Bay

Clear Out Leaves and Debris: Spring cleaning isn’t just for the inside of your home. Rake up fallen leaves, twigs, and other debris from your yard. These materials provide shelter and breeding grounds for many common pests. Once cleared, dispose of the debris properly in sealed bags or bins.

Eliminate Sources of Standing Water: Mosquitoes are a major nuisance pest during spring and summer. These insects require stagnant water to breed. Eliminate any standing water sources in your yard, such as clogged gutters, birdbaths that don’t circulate water, or puddles that haven’t dried within a few days.

Trim Overgrown Vegetation: Dense vegetation provides hiding places for pests. Regularly trim overgrown bushes, trees, and hedges. Focus on keeping them away from your house to create a barrier between your living space and potential pest havens.

Maintain Your Lawn: A healthy lawn is less susceptible to pest infestations. Mow your grass regularly at the appropriate height for your grass type. Keeping your lawn edged and free of weeds also discourages pests.

The Importance of Yard and Landscape Maintenance

Maintaining a well-manicured yard goes a long way in deterring pests. Here’s how:

Short Grass: Tall grass creates a cool, damp environment that attracts pests like ticks and mosquitoes. Keeping your grass mowed short eliminates hiding spots and discourages them from taking up residence.

Trimmed Bushes and Trees: Overgrown bushes and trees touching your house can provide pests with easy access points. Regularly trim branches and bushes to maintain a tidy landscape and create a barrier between your home and potential pest problems.

Eco-Friendly Pest Control Solutions

It may sometimes be helpful to opt for environmentally friendly DIY pest control methods. Diatomaceous earth is a powder made from fossilized algae, which dehydrates insects with exoskeletons, like ants, beetles, and roaches.

Beneficial insects like ladybugs and praying mantises can help control pest populations naturally by feeding on them. Consider introducing these beneficial insects to your yard!

However, DIY pest control methods aren’t always effective. Using pesticides of any kind without the proper knowledge and education on safe usage may be dangerous to your family, your property, or your pets. We’ll always recommend seeking the services of a pest control professional.

When to Call a Professional

If your pest problem becomes overwhelming, or if you’re unsure how to deal with a particular pest, don’t hesitate to contact the pest control experts here at West. We can assess the situation, identify the specific pests, and recommend the most effective course of treatment– making your yard comfortable and pleasant throughout the warmer months and beyond.

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