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Tips for Outdoor Pest Control

Outdoor Gathering in Parkville YardPerhaps the most enjoyable part of summer is spending time outdoors. However, if bugs and other pests start to disrupt your outdoor gatherings, it can rapidly transform a happy occasion into a big nuisance. Ants, flies, mosquitoes, rodents, and other uninvited pests can give headaches and be dangerous as most pests bite and carry certain diseases. But in some cases, those “pests” are helpful and vulnerable animals, including bees and bunnies – even if you don’t like them in your yard. Opportunely, there are a number of ways to get rid of these outdoor pests. By employing a few easy tips, you can discourage outdoor pests from ruining your fun in the sun.

Trim Lawns and Bushes

Probably the first thing you can do to discourage unwanted pests from moving into your Parkville rental home’s yard is to keep your lawn and bushes neatly trimmed. Overgrown grass, bushes, and weeds are breeding grounds for all kinds of pests, from flies to rodents. By keeping your grass and other foliage trimmed back, you can prevent insects and other pests from moving into your yard.

Eliminate Hiding Places

Several biting insects, including mosquitoes, are attracted to standing water, piles of lawn clippings, wet leaves, trash cans, and different areas outside your home. To avoid spreading these pests in your yard, it’s a great idea to keep things clean and dry. For instance, if you or your landlord haven’t cleaned the gutters or trash bins before long, find ways to get it done. In addition, it’s recommended to repair any water leaks or low spots in the yard where water can pool and stagnate. Finally, your house storage shed or woodpile must be kept clean, dry, and away from the house’s exterior walls. Your woodpile or shed will be less appealing to several common outdoor pests by applying this technique.

Bring in Natural Deterrents

Once you’ve tidied up your outdoor space, you’ll need to utilize a few natural repellants to get rid of outdoor pests. Keeping herbs like rosemary, mint, basil, or thyme near entryways, patios, or decks can help naturally repel pests from seating areas. Blowing fans can assist with eliminating flying insects, and keeping food or sugary drinks covered or put away can prevent pests from trying to sneak in for a bite. To deter ants from coming in, try sprinkling a little cayenne pepper around the perimeter of your gathering spots. Although you’ll need to reapply after watering, cayenne pepper is an effective natural deterrent for crawling insects.

Handling Helpful “Pests”

Most of the time, the pests that invade our outdoor spaces are animals that are important for a healthy ecosystem. Yet, this doesn’t suggest that you need to invite them in, either. Swarms of bees are both beneficial for healthy plants and a hazard for people. Bunnies can help aerate your lawn, but they’ll also create unsightly holes and take over if left to breed unchecked. For pests like these, it’s important to inspect your lease to determine where the responsibility for pest control resides to have professionals remove them safely and humanely.

Unwanted pests might cause problems. But by taking the appropriate actions to prevent them, you can guarantee that your outdoor bonding experience will be both enjoyable and pest-free.

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