Main Causes for Bug Infestations in Your Yard

Posted on Dec 1, 2016 6:00:00 AM by Stephanie Morgan

Main Causes for Bug Infestations in Your Yard | The Experienced GardenerA bug infestation in your yard can cause damage to your lawn and possibly harm to the people and pets that spend time in the yard. There are pests that can eat away at the leaves of your plants and blades of grass. Other bugs feed on the roots of plants and grass causing them to die off. There are some bugs, such as fire ants, that may not harm the grass but can harm people and pets. The first step to preventing or getting rid of these harmful bugs is to determine what caused them to appear in the first place.

  • The time of year

Your yard is more susceptible to bug infestations at certain times of the year. Spring and summer are prime growing time for your yard and also prime time for bug activity. In the winter, the growth and bug activity in your yard will slow considerably. Knowing when your yard is more likely to suffer a bug infestation will help you guard against it.

  • The area in which you live

The type of bug infestations your yard is susceptible to is dependent on the area of the country in which you live. In addition, the climate in your area will also impact how long your yard will be vulnerable. Some warmer areas of the country may have extended growing seasons and thus be vulnerable to harmful bugs longer.

  • Improper watering

The level at which you water your yard can have an impact on the likelihood that it will develop a bug infestation. Unhealthy lawns are more susceptible to bug infestations. If you water your lawn too little or too much it can cause it to be unhealthy. In addition, standing water can attract insects to your yard. Learn about the proper level of watering for yards in your area so you can be sure that you are not leaving it exposed to disease and bug infestations.

  • Debris around your yard

Debris around your yard can provide an ideal hiding place for different types of harmful bugs. The types of bugs it can attract include ones that can cause damage to your yard or damage to your home. Be sure and clear your yard of any trash or debris to protect it from the types of bugs that love to live in dark cool places that piles of debris can provide.

  • Lack of beneficial insects

There are several beneficial bugs that can keep the harmful ones out of your yard. You must be careful not to get rid of these bugs when you treat your yard or garden because they are one of your best defenses against bugs that cause harm. You can attract beneficial bugs to your garden with certain types of plants. Some of the bugs that can kill of the harmful ones in your garden include:

  1. Damsel bugs
  2. Ground beetles
  3. Lacewings
  4. Tachinid flies
  5. Minute pirate bugs

Keep harmful bugs out of your yard and garden by taking note of the main causes for infestations. Once you have identified the main causes you can put preventative and treatment measures into place to protect your yard and garden.

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