Spending time outdoors is one of the finest joys of summer. However, if bugs and other pests try to disturb your outdoor gatherings, it can easily convert a lovely moment into a big nuisance. Ants, flies, mosquitoes, rodents, and other uninvited pests are unpleasant and dangerous because most pests bite and carry certain diseases. But in certain circumstances, those “pests” are helpful and vulnerable animals, such as bees and bunnies – even though you don’t like them in your yard. Thank goodness, there are a number of things you can do to prevent those outdoor pests from spreading. By adopting a couple of essential tips, you can avoid outdoor pests from ruining your fun in the sun.
Trim Lawns and Bushes
One of the first things you can do to discourage unwanted pests from moving into your Loveland rental home’s yard is to keep your lawn and bushes nicely trimmed. Overgrown grass, bushes, and weeds are breeding grounds for many types of pests, from flies to rodents. By keeping your grass and other foliage trimmed back, you can keep insects and other pests out of your yard.
Eliminate Hiding Places
Many biting insects, including mosquitoes, are attracted to standing water, piles of lawn clippings, wet leaves, trash cans, and other spots outside your home. To prevent these pests from multiplying in your yard, it’s an excellent idea to keep things clean and dry. As an instance, if you or your landlord haven’t cleaned the gutters or trash bins in a long period, act swiftly and do it now. Furthermore, it’s essential to repair any water leaks or low spots in the yard where water can pool and stagnate. Lastly, if your house has a storage shed or woodpile, keep these clean, dry, and away from the house’s exterior walls. This can help keep a variety of common outdoor pests away from your woodpile or shed.
Bring in Natural Deterrents
Once you’ve tidied up your outdoor space, the next step is to apply natural repellants to keep outdoor pests away. Keeping herbs like rosemary, mint, basil, or thyme near entryways, patios, or decks can help naturally repel pests from seating areas. Blowing fans can help repel flying insects, and keeping food or sugary drinks covered or put away can restrain pests from coming to get a bite. To repel ants, try placing a little cayenne pepper around the perimeter of your gathering spots. Although you’ll need to reapply after watering, cayenne pepper is an effective natural deterrent for crawling insects.
Handling Helpful “Pests”
Generally, the pests that infest our outdoor spaces are animals that are essential to a healthy ecosystem. However, it doesn’t mean that you have to invite them in. Swarms of bees are both beneficial for healthy plants and a hazard for people. Bunnies can help aerate your lawn, but they’ll also create hideous holes and occupy them if left to breed unchecked. When it comes to pests like these, it’s essential to assess your lease to identify where the responsibility for pest control belongs to in order to have professionals remove them safely and humanely.
Unwanted pests can be an annoyance. But by utilizing proper precautions to keep them at bay, you can make your outdoor experience both memorable and pest-free.
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