Spring is quickly approaching and with it comes time to be outside cleaning up your yard or planting your vegetable patch. To help you combat the emergence of insects and other pests, here are some recommendations to help you keep your yard free of pest problems and their related damage.
Determine the Problem Pests
When you spend any time in your backyard or outdoor space, you want the time spent outside to be enjoyable and comfortable. And if you have a garden or vegetation that you cultivate, you don't want insects or other pests to cause damage to your hard work. For both of these reasons, you want to keep an upper hand on any pest infestations and manage your outdoor insect and pest activity to keep it at a contained level. This means it is natural for you to have insects and wildlife in your yard, but you don't want mice nests in your cabbage plants or anthills in your lawn.
As you work in your yard or garden or mow your lawn weekly, this provides you with a great opportunity to inspect for signs of pest infestations. As you mow your lawn, do you see an excessive amount of grasshoppers jumping out of the pathway of the mower or do you see an ant swarm appear along the edge of the lawn after you mow? Use this time outside a chance to notice what pests are around and if they are creating a problem. If you suddenly notice there is a large number of funnel web spiders in your garden, this is a sign there are too many spiders in your yard over the normal amount for controlling the overall insect population.
Select a Safe and Effective Treatment
When you have located a pest problem in your yard, there are several options you can consider to treat the infestation. You can use DIY at-home treatments and use ingredients you can find in your home, such as vinegar, liquid dish soap, or salt, or you can also find a pesticide at a local home improvement retailer.
If you choose to use a pesticide from a home and garden store, make sure it is safe to use around pets or children. And if you are going to use the pesticide in your garden plants, be sure it is safe to use around produce or if you need to thoroughly wash it from your vegetables when you harvest them. Some types of pesticides can be harmful to honey bees, so check out the instructions and product warnings before you apply them around your flowering vegetation. You may want to contact your local pest control professional who can provide safe options to effectively treat your yard of damaging pests.
To learn more, contact a company like Kingsway Extermination.