You may have noticed that we work alongside San Joaquin Pest Control – their name is actually a part of our web address. They’re a partner of ours, and they’re great at handling pest problems like roach infestations and wasps nests under the eaves. So if you’ve got bugs in the kitchen, they’ve got you covered.
But there are plenty of pests to be found in your backyard as well. And unlike roaches, which want to share your food, these pests will destroy your beautiful lawn and plantlife. They can accomplish this by eating away at those plants, or by infecting them with disease.
Worried about the devastation pests could bring to your home? Here are four steps to keeping it under control:
Step 1: Vigilance Always
This is true of regular, household pest problems and garden pest problems. You need to be on the lookout, all the time. Pest problems always get worse with time, as the pests procreate and cause more damage. So keep your eyes peeled for signs of problems. Has a tree limb unexpectedly started to change colors or die? Probably a pest. But if you address it immediately, you could save the rest of the tree.
Step 2: Pesticides Now, Later or Never?
In our health conscious society, many people are now hesitant to use pesticides. And that’s understandable, especially since San Joaquin County has such terrible air quality anyway (partially because of pesticides). While pesticides are very effective, they bring health concerns with them. For instance, if you have children or pets that play outdoors, you probably don’t want to use pesticides. Or, if you overdo it with the bug spray, it could seep into the soil and actually poison your plants.
So consider if you want pesticides at all, or if you’d like to save them for a last resort. If you opt for pesticides, there are many formulations on the market that will safeguard your trees and plants.
Step 3: Consider the Types of Plants You Have
Do you have a vegetable garden? Many folks do, but it’s a very attractive target for pests of all kinds. Even raccoons and squirrels might try to get into your vegetable garden. You can use spray, chicken wire and other defenses to keep it safe, but have you considered abandoning it altogether? It might not be worth all the trouble, and ditching it will keep the rest of your yard safer from pests.
Step 4: Call a Professional Gardening Service
If you notice trees that are already diseased, or you’re simply running out of ideas for fighting a pest problem, don’t hesitate to contact a professional gardener. They can identify what’s ailing your landscape, and provide solutions. Remember, a pest or disease problem doesn’t always mean doom for your vegetation: as long as you address it right away.