During the summer and spring, many people can be seen spending a lot of time outside, trying to make their homes look as beautiful as they can. They spend hours planting flowers, pulling weeds and landscaping their front yards. And there is a chance that you do all of this as well.
But, did you know that there are some common mistakes that people make, and that these mistakes could result in attracting a couple of unwanted pests to your home?
However, there is no reason to worry because all that you need are some small, simple changes in order to ensure that rodents and insects are kept away from your home at all times.
Use Some Mulch
Almost any (if note every) nursery or store that sells products for home improvement has a lot of mulch bags available for you to buy, and they are usually available in assorted colors. Wood chips is usually used for making this mulch. If you want to add some curb appeal to your home, then using some mulch is the way to go, and its price is relatively low as well.
Unfortunately, wood mulch is an attraction for many different pests, including termites and carpenter ants. Termites and carpenter ants are known for causing a lot of damage, which can sometimes be measured in thousands of dollars, so you definitely want to keep them away. In order to decrease the chance of pests, instead of using wood mulch, you can use rubber mulch. Not only does the rubber mulch match its wooden counterpart in weed control and appearance, but it also significantly decreases the chance of insects.
Proximity of the Plants
If you take a close look at any shrub or brush in your garden, it is very likely that are going to see a few bugs scurrying along the branches or hiding between the leaves. These insects see plants as shelters and good food sources. Remember not to plant them too close to your home, because if you do, you may find some unwanted insects climbing their way through the windows.
Carefully Choose What to Plant
When choosing what to plant, a lot of people simply pick something that they like based off of appearance alone. But, it is important to remember that there are some herbs and ornamental flowers that can repel insects.
Geraniums are brightly colored flowers that do their part in repelling leafhoppers, mosquitoes and Japanese beetles. They last from spring to early fall, and they come in different colors.
Marigolds are good for repelling aphids, mosquitoes and even rabbits. They are not hard to grow and they can also be used for keeping the worms away from the tomato plants when planted near them.
Rosemary can be used to repel many different kinds of insects that can cause harm to your garden. It can be planted in the ground or in containers and it can be used for seasoning meat and vegetables. Rosemary can also be burned in order to keep mosquitoes away.
Even though these tips can help decrease the pest activity inside and outside of your home, it is likely that the problem will not be entirely solved. And that is where the professionals come in. Hiring a professional is always a good idea.
Here at Safari Lawn Care we can help design a great looking and highly functional landscape. Our lawn and tree fertilization and weed control will ensure you get the best looking vegetation possible. While our pest control treatment will keep your lawn and trees bug and insect free.
As a professional Lawn Care Technician, I like to say I know a lot about a little and a little about a lot.