Keeping your yard up can take a lot of time and dedication. There are a lot of elements to consider. Which types of plants do you want to grow? Should you allow bees or butterflies into a garden? Will you only plant native plants? What about pests? How do you keep unwanted pests away?
No one likes having an infestation of bugs that are bad for their yard, especially after you’ve put so much hard work into it. While it’s true that some bugs can help by keeping the worse 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 signals of a pest issue are more clear than others. Have you noticed any of these signs in your yard?
- Active bugs- If you have a suspicion that you might have a pest problem in your garden, you might want to check around in case you can actually see any of the bugs lurking in hiding spots. Check under fallen leaves or rocks, and in wood piles. If you see a lot of live bugs, it’s obvious that you have a pest issue.
- Damaged plants- One of the first signs people usually notice with pest issues is damaged plants. Look for insect trails on your pathways or bite marks on the edges of grass blades and any garden plants.
- Damaged grass- Lawn damage usually takes the form of large, round and brown areas or uneven grass. These can sometimes be a good indication of an infestation. Although, there are many reasons your grass might be showing brown spots, if you’ve seen other signs along with this one, you might have an infestation
- Ant hills- If you ever spot a mound with ants going 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’re trying to keep pests at bay, there are a few things you can do.
Get Rid Of Standing Water
Mosquitoes need water to lay their eggs. To help stop any future mosquito infestation, empty out anything that may hold water. Some of these include:
- pet water bowls
- pool covers
- trash cans
- rain barrels
Move Trash and Recycling Far Away From Plants
Bugs love your trash and recycling bins. Move them away from your garden and house to help keep your property bug-free. Another good idea is rinsing all your recyclables before you throw it in the bin.
Use Bug-Repelling Essential Oils
If you prefer using a natural approach when it comes to maintaining your garden, consider using essential oils that bugs are repelled by. Citronella, clove, lemongrass, rosemary, tea tree, eucalyptus, cedar, catnip, lavender, and mint are all useful against bugs. You can make a citronella candle, or using the oils as a natural repellent on your body. If you use an essential oil as a topical application on your skin, just be sure to use a carrier oil (or your favorite unscented lotion), and do some research, so you don’t harm yourself.
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.