Got grubs or bugs in your shrubs !

Summer is here and it is a great time to enjoy your backyard! Unfortunately, summer also brings a long list of bothersome pests that can be annoying to both you and your garden or lawn. Luckily, there are numerous natural and safe ways to keep nuisances out so you can enjoy your yard fully. Here are five tricks you can do today to make your home pest-free.

USE PLANTS TO WARD

If you understand which pests you are trying to keep away, you can plant intentionally to ward off that specific insect or rodent. Marigolds, for example, are not only known for their ability to charm the area, but they are also known for deterring mosquitos, aphids, and even rabbits! Spearmint, peppermint, and pennyroyal can be planted throughout your garden to deter ants and aphids. Chrysanthemums work to repel roaches, ants, Japanese beetles, ticks, silverfish, lice, fleas, bedbugs, spider mites, harlequin bugs and nematodes - the list goes on!

UTILIZE BARRIERS

Container planting is an easy way to keep many insects at bay, but for plants that must go in the ground, there are other options! If you wish to plant carrots, simply put a toilet paper roll in the ground and plant your carrots inside – this will prevent cutworms. You should also consider putting up a fence around the areas you would like to protect - whether it be your yard or garden. A lightweight mesh netting is useful in keeping birds out of berry patches and orchards. If rabbits or voles are a problem, then it would be sensible to burry chicken wire 3-5 inches below the ground along your fence line or barrier.

Also cut trees and branches that are close to your home. Squirrels and other cute critters live in them, so when they can jump to your roof, they now consider your home theirs :) Not so cute !

SET TRAPS

Traps have remained a good option for eliminating pests because they typically do not harm other animals or the environment. They also make great identifiers – a single trap can give you an idea of the number of insects, what time of day they appear, and even the specific type. Traps are helpful in combination with other solutions when controlling entire populations and can even be used to help eliminate rodent populations such as squirrels or mice.

WELCOME THE RIGHT INSECTS

It is important to understand that not all insects are harmful. In fact, some insects can help your lawn and garden. Beneficial insects are insects that prey on pesky insects. Ladybugs and ground beetles are among some of the beneficial bugs that should be recruited to your garden. To enlist the most advantageous insects, it is necessary to understand which pests you are trying to eliminate.

GET CREATIVE WITH DIY HOME PEST CONTROL

The next time you find spiders frequenting your home, be sure to leave citrus scents, such as orange peels, throughout! Spiders are repulsed by the smell of citrus and is sure to keep them away. Another easy solution right from your kitchen is cucumber- place a few extra slices around the outside of your home and you may be amazed to find that most ants that were once present are now gone! Woody scents such as cedar do a fabulous job of keeping out moths, which can damage lines where they visit. Essential oils are becoming increasingly popular – just add a few drops of either lemongrass, peppermint, eucalyptus, tea tree oil, or lavender oil around the point of entry or frequenting.

Remember, keeping pests and bugs at bay can simple. Often the tools you need are already available in or around your home. Just keep a tidy home and lawn to part pests of their favorite environment to thrive in!

Here are some helpful links:

https://www.ehow.com/how_8279142_kill-ants-molasses.html

http://www.wildlifeanimalcontrol.com/flyingsquirrels.html

https://www.bhg.com/gardening/pests/insects-diseases-weeds/grubs/

https://www.scotts.com/en-us/library/insect-grub-control/how-control-lawn-grubs

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