A lush beautiful garden with perfectly manicured lawns and blooming flowers is a beautiful sight to wake up to. It takes so much time and effort to have your dream garden and even after achieving the said perfection, you have to keep working at it to maintain that beauty. Unfortunately, as you do this, there could be little invaders working in your garden when you step away. Their effects can be devastating especially when caught late.
Rodents and other pests can be controlled and gotten rid of from your garden, terrace, etc. with the following strategies or tips:
Trimming tree branches
Even though trees provide good shade for the warm and hot months, the branches serve as bridges that pests use to climb into your house. Take time to trim the branches leaning towards the house. This way, any stray ants, mice, or termites will not get to your house destroying furniture or scurrying away to the pantry.
Reduce the mulch
Mulching is an effective strategy for the soil to retain water but the organic components used in mulching are great at harboring rodents, insects, and other creepers. Instead of the normal mulch, you may opt for pencil cedar mulch that retains less moisture and also deters some kinds of ants. You may also consider reducing the amount of water used when watering because as you may have noticed that the pests like places with water.
Water features’ management
Mosquitoes are annoying creatures that require a lot of work for their management. They lay their eggs in standing water however little the amount. To reduce their infestation, you should ensure that stagnant water around your house is discarded and containers cleaned. If you have a pond or a waterfall at the garden, you may consider constantly checking the water source ensuring that water circulates constantly. This will hamper breeding.
Pest deterrent plants and flowers
Though the chrysanthemums, marigolds, or daisies look amazing once they bloom, they attract insects and pests. Plants with fruits, seeds, or nuts also encourage pest infestation and should be planted minimally. To reduce pest infestation, plant fewer of these plants. You should also consult pest professionals for guidance on the best kind of plants to have in your garden around Houston.
Inspect sidewalks and parking lots
You will hardly think about the hardscape when eradicating pests. Even though these surfaces are dry, the presence of trash or stagnant water calls pests closer to your house causing problems. Rotate trash bins and clean them regularly. Regular inspections also help in finding the stagnant water sources that pests feed or breed in.
A house will have cracks and holes as time goes. You should monitor your building and seal off cracks around windows, walls, and rooflines. Weather resistant sealants or wire meshes should be used to keep roaches, mice, ants etc. out of the house.
In conclusion, to get rid of pests from the house, you have to start from the source. The main source of the pests is the outdoors and by controlling their source, you will be able to keep them out of the interior spaces permanently.
Daniel Higgins is a pest control specialist working with a team of pest control professionals around Houston. Check out his profile for more information on pest control and landscaping tips.