Many homeowners have yards that are at least as big as their houses. This is great for barbeques, however, it can become problematic when you’re trying to keep pests away from your property. If pests take over your lawn, it’s only a matter of time before they make their way into your house. Pest control starts where your property begins, which means that pest control is just as important in your yard as in your house. Here are some ways to keep your yard free of pests.
Mow Your Lawn
Mowing your lawn is important for a number of reasons, one of which is eliminating hiding places for pests. Pests love making their homes in tall, overgrown grass, as it allows them to keep out of sight of predators, plus the thick grass traps moisture that they use to hydrate themselves. Remember, when you mow your lawn, toss the grass in a garbage bag and seal it up tight so that the bugs won’t be able to escape from the trash can and get inside your house.
Take Care of Your Grass
Aside from keeping your grass short, it’s also important to keep it healthy. When grass is healthy, it creates natural pest deterrents on its own. However, dead or dying grass won’t produce these deterrents, allowing pests to crawl through it unhindered. Keep your grass healthy by spreading fertilizer around your yard, and watering it frequently (although not so much as to create puddles). Also, try to aerate your lawn from time to time so that oxygen can reach the roots of your grass.
Use Lawn Treatments
Finally, lawn treatments are an important part of keeping your yard pest free. However, you should be careful to select lawn treatments that are safe to use on grass and will only kill harmful pests like billbugs and mosquitoes, while leaving helpful earthworms alive. When using lawn treatments, don’t use more than the recommended amount, put warning signs out on your lawn and keep it away from pets and children. When lawn treatments are used properly, they can do wonders for your yard.
Pest control requires the defense of every part of your property, from your attic to your garage to your lawn. If one part of your property is susceptible to pests, that’s all it takes for an infestation to spread. Luckily, pest proofing your yard can be done in just a few easy steps. For more information, or to receive quality pest control services, contact us today.