A beautiful yard can be a lot of hard work. There are so many things to think about. What types of plants should you grow? Should you encourage bees or butterflies with a garden? Do you want to stick with just native plants? What about bugs? How do you keep unwanted bugs at bay?
No one wants to have an infestation of pests that are detrimental to their yard, especially after you’ve put so much hard work into it. While some insects can help by keeping the nastier ones at bay, most of the time an infestation of bugs is not something you want in your yard.
- Signs you have an infestation
Some signs of a pest problem are more obvious than others. Have you spotted any of these in your yard?
1. Active bugs
A good indication of an infestation is being able to see the pests with very little effort. Check under fallen leaves or rocks, and in wood piles. If you see a lot of live bugs, you may have a problem.
2. Damaged plants
Look for insect trails or gnawing on the edges of grass blades and any garden plants. If you plant perennials, note the edges of the leaves for bite marks.3. Damaged grass
Lawn damage like large, round and brown areas or uneven grass are a good indication of an infestation.4. Ant hills
If you see a mound with ants crawling in and out of a hole in the hill, or a mound with ants nearby, it’s possible you have an ant problem.
- What you can do to avoid a problem
If you want to keep bugs at bay, there are a few tricks you can employ.1. Remove Standing Water
Mosquitos prefer to lay eggs in areas of sitting water. To help prevent a mosquito infestation, empty any containers that may hold water. Some of these include:
- pet water bowls
- pool covers
- trash cans
- rain barrels
Bugs love your garbage and recycling. Keep them away from your yard and house to help keep your property bug-free. Another good practice is to rinse all your recycling before you toss it in the bin.3. Use Bug-Repelling Essential Oils
If you like to use a natural approach when it comes to maintaining your yard, consider using essential oils that bugs hate. Citronella, clove, lemongrass, rosemary, tea tree, eucalyptus, cedar, catnip, lavender, and mint are all useful against bugs. Try making a citronella candle, or using the oils as a natural replant on your body. If you use an essential oil as a topical application, just be sure to use a carrier oil (or your favorite unscented lotion), and do some research, so you don’t harm yourself.4. Plant a Mosquito Repelling Garden
Plants like citronella grass, rosemary, catnip, and marigolds all repel mosquitoes. Consider planting one or more in your yard to enjoy a summer free of mosquito bites.
Minting a yard can be a difficult, time-consuming task. However, it can also be a rewarding experience to enjoy it with your friends and family. If you want to enjoy a bug-free yard, and none of the options above seem to help keep the insects at bay, contact us. We’re happy to assist you in your quest for a pest-free yard.