Best DIY Spring Pest Control Tips

As spring arrives and bugs awaken, it is crucial to take steps in your spring pest control to make sure you do not spend your whole summer dealing with unwanted pests.

First of all, make sure you fix all leaks and remove standing water. Pests thrive where water is present. Standing water in flower pots and toys may become a quick breeding ground for mosquitoes. One important step is to make sure all gutters are cleaned out several times a year. If you skip this step, you may inadvertently attract bug populations.

Secondly, everyone knows you don’t want to leave your picnic out after the meal is finished or your trash in an open container, but take care to store all types of food sources. This may include items like birdseed, vegetables you grow in your garden as well as things like pet food.

You may consider treating the perimeter of your home, keeping bugs outside and not encouraging them to enter your home for a better environment. You can find many types of insecticide at your local home improvement stores and by spraying them generously, you can help prevent insects from entering your home.

As we have mentioned before, an important step in spring pest control is making sure any outside debris is cleaned up. Still have leaves from last year or old, dead plants you never got around to disposing of?Take an afternoon and complete that clean-up.

Inspecting your home for cracks in the home and tears in your screens is also a small, but easy step that will go a long way in keeping bugs out.

If you find you have an infestation, you may want to speak with our experts to find out ways we can help you keep your home pest-free.

Mild Winter Brings Different Considerations For Spring

After a mild winter, you may have to deal with insect problems earlier than in previous years. It is crucial not to wait until you are overwhelmed to think about this. As temperatures increase, insects may be awakened earlier than usual from their hibernation to search for food.

Ticks, ants and other insects may be more abundant in your lawn after a mild winter. A mild winter means more of the insects survived the winter and there will be even greater population as spring emerges.

A few steps will help you get ahead of any potential problems.  To help guard against the early emergence of pests, the National Pest Management Association has some tips for homeowners.

The NPMA suggests there should be a one-inch gap between soil and wood portions of a building and keep mulch at least 15-inches from the foundation of a home.

All cracks and small openings among the bottom of the home should be sealed and tree branches and other plants need to be trimmed back from the house.

All trash containers, both indoor and outdoor should be clean and sealed and any sources of moisture or standing water need to be eliminated.

Finally having screens on windows and doors help keep insects out.

It is important to work on keeping your home pest free in all seasons. If you suspect you may have a problem, consider calling the experts at All Seasons All Pests.  Our experts know how to manage and eliminate problem pest populations while making sure your loved ones are safe. Call our offices today for a free, initial consultation.

 

Plan Your Garden Before The Spring To Help Decrease Pests

Pests in your gardenEven though the temperatures are cold and snow may be falling, it is never too early to think about what you need to do to keep pests out of your gardens come spring. A little bit of planning now will help you have a successful garden in a few months. Even if you weren’t able to prepare in the fall, you can take steps now to make your garden successful.

Whether you have a vegetable garden, various berries or a wide array of flowers, pests can derail well-planned out efforts to reap the rewards of your labor.

The first thing you can consider is adding mechanical barriers. Many types of pests like deer, rabbits and groundhogs may be deterred by physical barriers. Fences may keep many pests out, especially when posts are buried six inches underground. Deer can be challenging because you may need quite a large fence to truly keep them out.

Row covers are lightweight sheets of fabric to cover plants without smothering them. They add protection from light frosts as well as caterpillars, birds, some rabbits and squirrels. These are mostly effective when plants are young and must be removed later on.

Lightweight netting may help protect berries and tree fruit from birds. Some chemical barriers like fox urine or dried blood be able to deter some pests as well.

When planning your garden, you will want to consider issues like space and sunlight. Not having enough space, doesn’t allow plants to fully dry when wet and invites pests. When planning your crops, make sure to consider disease-resistant varieties and if you see any plants dying or having other issues, remove them as soon as possible.

It is important to consider where your gardens will be located. If they are too close to your home, they may attract unwanted pests to your house and cause even bigger problems down the road.

Remember, not all pests are bad for your garden! You will want to have a way to attract bees to pollinate your garden and lady beetles can help control aphids. Especially when plants are meant to be food, you want to avoid spraying chemicals around them. Spraying may destroy the good as well as the bad bugs. Without the good bugs, you may have issues pollinating your garden and spraying can contaminate your food.

By having a plan, you will be able to have a more successful garden come warmer temperatures. If you have unwanted pests disturbing your garden you have trouble controlling or that you wish to keep away permanently, call our offices today. You can speak with our offices about safe and effective methods to deter them.