Taking care of your yard means watering, mowing, and regularly checking for pests. Insects suck nutrients from the grass which destroy the plant’s roots and kill the yard. Some insects may prove harmful to people, such as disease-causing mosquitoes and ticks.
Most people choose not to use toxic pesticides in the Yard because children and pets use an area that is often demarcated by edible plants. Using chemical pesticides also kills the earthworm (beneficial for soil) and healthy bacterial populations, which reduce the overall health of your yard soil.
Try to identify the types of pests that are threatening your Yard and choose the treatment that best suits your yard. It is a time-consuming process to get rid of harmful insects from your Yard and to reuse natural or chemical pesticides. Learn how to protect your Yard from pests.
Tips To Control Pests In Your Yard
Removing Grubs from Yards
Look for Brown areas in your yard. The location, where the grubs are attacking the roots of your yard, seems to have gone through a drought. Grubs are the larvae of some types of scarab beetles, including June beetles and Japanese beetles. Pull back the turf in a foot square area of your yard. Areas that are attacked by grubs will easily be found because many roots have been eaten or infested by the pests. Look below and find grubs if they are more than six in that case you need proper treatment for your yard because the yard is infested with insects.
If you want to protect your yard trees and flowers then it is important to kill these grubs. Most Japanese beetle species infect your yard plants. Visit an online Yard care store or natural gardening store near you to buy a “milky spore” to protect your yard from pests. It may go by another name because the milky spore is a brand name. You can get it in a long, cylindrical applicator or in a mix for a Yard spreader.
Apply milky spore as per directions provides on the package. Make sure the temperature is over 65°F or 18.3°C, the temperature becomes essential for the bacteria to die when it is ingested into their bodies. Pull back parts of the yard that have died grub. Yard areas may be able to withstand a grub infestation with strong roots. Plant seeds or sod and fertilizer as required.
Stopping Slugs and Snails
Pull slugs off the Yard and onto a pathway. Put salt on the slugs to dehydrate and kill them. Make a trap with a bowl and beer. Hide a small bowl in the soil, where most of the slugs and snails are found in your yard, and fill this bowl with a small amount of beer.
The snails and slugs of your yard will be attracted to the beer. They climb the bowl and fall and drown. You should check your bowl regularly every morning to remove drowned pests. Regularly pour beer in the bowl every night until you don’t find any slugs or snails in your bowl in the morning.
Applying Natural Insecticide
- Pour 1 cup (237 ml) of water, (5 ml) of liquid dish soap, (5 ml) of vegetable oil in a large bowl. Mix all ingredients together well to form your insecticide to kill the insects.
- After that pour this insecticide mixture into the spray bottle with the help of a funnel.
- Turn the spray bottle to the “mist” setting so that you can cover a wider area of your Yard.
- Spray this natural pesticide directly on those areas of your plants or yard that are covered with insects. To kill them, soap sprays must come into immediate contact with insects.
- Wait for 2 to 3 hours while the soap kills the bugs. Rinse the plants and Yard with a garden hose. Don’t forget plants coated with the soap spray, it may harm your yard plants.
- Repeat this application of the insecticide only for 2 to 3 days. Remember to rinse sprayed soap after a few hours. In this process, many soft-bodied insects should be killed and dehydrated.
Use pesticides only if you have tried natural methods before. They should be used in small quantities with special precautions. However, it may be the best way to prevent ticks, ants, and other resilient pests.
Look for an organic insecticide containing “Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt)” before trying more toxic chemicals. This pesticide is not fatal to pets or humans. Take a granular form of pesticide if you have a yard spray form that you can also use a hose in place of the spray.
- Wear long pants, long sleeves, safety goggles, and rubber gloves at the time of mixing pesticides. Most incidents of poisoning occur at the time when you spray pesticides at your yard.
- Mix chemicals on a sidewalk or in a garage rather than in the yard.
- Use a yard spreader to distribute granules around the yard. You can also mix the appropriate amount for hose attachment, and spray the yard.
- After applying chemicals, sprinkle some water in your yard because that helps the chemicals sink into the soil rather than stay on top of the grass. Note the label directions regarding when and how the water should be applied.
- Keep children and pets away from the yard till the time insecticide stays. If you are treating the front yard, give warning signs, so that neighboring children stay away from the yard.
- Rinse the pesticide containers properly in the yard, immediately after use. The best way to utilize excess chemicals will sink into the soil where they can be beneficial. Sink into the soil is a better option as it puts excess chemicals in the drain.
- At last store all pesticides in their original containers that come at the time of buying.
Get Rid of Standing Water
You may already know this. But did you know that your funnels and sewers can accommodate multiple mosquitoes? Regularly clean gutters and canals to avoid blockages that can trap water and give these cruel feathers a home to grow. Also remember to empty the swimming pool, bucket, and shower when not in use.
Keep Your Yard Pruned
Use the mower regularly to make your garden shears sharp. This will help you to keep your yard neat and pest-free. In addition, the well-tended garden creates a beautiful open space.
Add Pest Repellent Plants To Your Yard
Insects dislike the strong smell of some plants like mint or citrus. So keep these scents plants in your garden, primarily near a balcony, courtyard, or patio, to added extra protection and beauty. Following is the list of some plants that you should add to your yard to keep a pest-free yard.
- Basil plant for flies and mosquitoes
- Catnip plant for mosquitoes, ticks, flies, and cockroaches.
- Chrysanthemums plant for roaches, ants, ticks, fleas, and bedbugs.
- Lavender plant for moths, fleas, flies, and mosquitoes.
- Citronella plant for mosquitoes.
- Geranium plant, Marigold, Rosemary and Lemon thyme for mosquitoes
Paint Your Roof Lighter Colors
Some research proves that insects can differentiate dark and light colors more quickly, so people are often encouraged to wear light-colored apparel to resist them. The same method can work in your home. Select lighter colors for partitions, doors, decorations, and other elements in your home, especially for walls, courtyards, and floors, to make them less attractive to mosquitoes.
At the same time, if violent birds are your concern, then don’t paint them the same color as their favorite food color. Just make sure the paint matches the decor and enhances the beauty of your home. Insects are pain, but damage to your property is even more painful
You can live in harmony with insects and animals in your garden. However, pests need to be taken care of as soon as possible to keep you, your family, and your home safe. Use the above-discussed tips to get rid of pests in your garden.
Kari Hoch is the content head at PestAsk.com. She along with her team exhaustively research to provide you the simple, eco-friendly hacks and the best products reviews that can protect your home and office space from harmful pests and rodents.