Many homeowners are aware of the potential for their yards to be invaded by pests, and all too often pest infestation is the result. Enticing insects with rotting fruit or greasy soil can lead to infestations that could cause serious damage. In order to prevent the invasion, it’s important to take some essential steps before you plant a single seed.
Even if your yard is infested by pests, pest control Austin can be made much easier with the assistance of an exterminator. A professional pest exterminator can pinpoint the source of the infestation and offer a treatment plan that puts you and your family back in control of your yard. It’s not just about flowers, either.
Even a small fruit tree can attract bugs, which in turn attract birds, which then attract other wildlife that may go looking for food elsewhere. If your neighbors have fruit trees, they could be responsible for drawing pests into your yard as well. If you live in an urban area and have small children or pets, you also run the risk of being exposed to things like ticks that may appear in yards where rodents live. With this in mind, it’s a good idea to have a professional exterminator assess your yard for problems so that you can get a plan in place.
Here are some tips to protect your yard from pest infestation.
- Remove debris regularly
The best protection against infestation is to keep your yard as clean as possible. If you’re not sure of the source, don’t just assume a pest has invaded your yard. Check it out. The most effective way to assess the damage is to know exactly where the problem originated.
- Keep your garbage bin away from your home
If you need to dispose of trash, make sure that your trash is not inside your home or yard. Take the trash out of your yard as soon as you can. Keep a bin inside your home with no fruit trees and no small children, as a mosquito may appear patient enough to bite you here.
- Inspect and repair roof shingles regularly
When you check your roof for leaks, check the underside of the roof as well. As many pests like to live in shingles, inspect your roof regularly to make sure there are no gnats, ants, or slugs hiding anywhere.
- Avoid keeping standing water in your yard
If you have a pool, keep it covered, and make sure it’s free of dead bugs. If you have a pond, keep the area around it clean and clear of fallen leaves. If you have a fountain and an insect problem, get rid of the fountain until the problem is solved.
- Clean barbecues and grills regularly
Grills and barbecues are perfect for keeping bees and wasps out of your yard. However, these grills can attract slugs and ants if you’re not careful. Keep the area around your barbecues clean, or risk attracting tiny animals to an area where you’ll be cooking food.