Our sister company, San Joaquin Pest Control, does a lot of work with pests inside the home – and there are plenty that can attack you there. Cockroaches, ants, rodents and termites, to name a few. But it couldn’t be that bad outside the house, right?
Unfortunately, there are quite a few pests to worry about in the yard, too. Pests like gophers, moles, termites (they’re outside, too!), yellow jackets, mosquitoes and spiders. Here’s how to avoid getting a pest infestation outdoors:
- Remove standing water immediately
We don’t want any stagnant water on the property, because this is going to attract mosquitoes and yellow jackets. Yellow jackets may end up building a nest nearby, under an eave of the house or even inside the wall. Mosquitoes will buzz around during dusk, leaving you with itchy bites and the possibility of West Nile Virus, or worse. So eliminate this standing water now.
- Ensure the yard is clear of wood
Those industrious little termites will seize upon any wood they can find, including leftover wood you have in your backyard. So if you have firewood, old lumber, dead tree branches or even an old stump on the property, you should remove it. Otherwise, termites will establish a nest nearby. And once a termite nest is on your property, your home is in danger of infestation.
- Be on the lookout for gophers and moles
These burrowing critters can leave your yard littered with holes like Swiss cheese, and they are kind of difficult to eliminate. To avoid them, you might want to consider installing a rodent fence. Dig a trench around your yard (just a few feet deep) and place upright chicken wire inside. Allow the chicken wire to protrude a foot or two above the ground. You can then bury the underground portions of the wire, and you now have an underground rodent fence (see an example at the link).