3 Places To Check In Your Yard For Pests

Many types of pests can find their way to hiding places going unnoticed and can quickly become a nuisance wreaking havoc on your plants and property. To keep yard pests under control, it’s crucial to know where these critters tend to hide so you can be on the lookout for them. Take note: even well-maintained, meticulously manicured yards can be vulnerable to pests. Pests aren’t too particular, although they do prefer some environments over others.

It’s also crucial to take preventative measures to deter pests. Regular maintenance, combined with strategic landscaping practices, and professional pest management, can significantly reduce their presence.

Mulch and Ground Cover

Mulch and ground cover like wood chips, leaves, and straw are common materials for maintaining soil moisture around shrubs and flowers. However, they also create an ideal environment for pests such as ants, termites, and beetles since they provide warmth, moisture, and shelter.

Taking care to regularly turn mulch to disrupt pest habitats and avoid piling it directly against your home’s foundation can help. Consider using inorganic materials, like gravel, which is less attractive to pests. Loose soil and visible plant destruction are signs pests may be living in gardens and flower beds.

Overgrown Brush and Lawns

Dense shrubbery and overgrown bushes offer plenty of cover for a variety of pests, including spiders, rodents, and mosquitoes. The thick foliage provides a shaded, humid environment that many pests find appealing. Overgrown plants near your house can also serve as “pathways,” allowing pests easier access to your home.

Keeping shrubs and bushes well-trimmed and maintaining proper spacing between plants to ensure good air circulation will help. Regular pruning not only enhances the appearance of your yard but also goes a long way to make it less inviting to pests. Signs your shrubbery or trees may be overcome with pest infestations include unhealthy-looking leaves or bark.

Standing Water and Damp Areas

Standing water and damp areas in your yard are magnets for pests, especially mosquitoes, which require water to breed. Even small amounts of stagnant water in birdbaths and flower pots can become a haven for pests. Clogged gutters can attract a slew of pests since they are ideal breeding grounds when not functioning optimally. Other pests, like snails and slugs, thrive in damp, moist environments.

Regularly inspect your yard for areas where water collects, and take steps to eliminate standing water. Rinse out containers to prevent stagnant water in planters and birdbaths and fix any leaks or areas where water tends to pool. Make sure your gutters are routinely cleared of debris. You can help manage water runoff by installing drainage. Some signs pests are thriving in these damp areas include insects swarming around water sources or larvae in the standing water.

Protect Your Home With Help From The Professionals

When pests heavily infest exterior areas, your interior is more prone to pest problems. Even with all the preventative actions, pests are crafty and can find their way to exterior and interior spaces. We know the importance of controlling pests while keeping your entire family safe. Bringing effective pest management solutions to our customers without the use of interior pesticides sets us apart.

Pest Solutions offers pest plans that work. Our friendly, professional staff are here to help. Contact us today at (804) 406-9606 for a free inspection, or request a free quote online.