Enjoy Your Backyard This Summer With These Bug and Rodent Prevention Tips
One of the biggest deterrents to spending quality outdoors is an abundance of bugs and rodents. Even a few pesky bugs can ruin an outdoor experience. If you have an infestation in your backyard, you may never want to go outdoors. This summer, take control of your backyard and finally get rid of those annoying bugs and rodents with these successful tips.
Maintain your backyard
Maintaining your backyard is the first step in preventing bugs and rodents from taking over. Most rodents thrive in long grass and overgrown bushes. If you keep up with the maintenance of your backyard, they will not have a place to live. They will be less likely to turn your backyard into a home. Maintaining the backyard also means removing any garbage, soiled wood, or other types of debris. Don?t let wood surfaces get too close to soiled areas. Termites eat wood and carpenter ants tunnel into wood to nest. Remove piles of wood and other debris from around your home. The same goes for rotted stumps and logs. Keep firewood at least 20 feet away and five inches off the ground.
Properly dispose of food and garbage items
BBQing or eating meals outdoors can also cause an infestation. It is important to quickly remove all food items into a secured disposal place. Also, ensure that your garbage is placed in lidded containers that are away from rodents. If a rodent finds food in your yard, it will quickly set up home. Other rodents will also be informed of the food source and are likely to follow. Before you even realize it, you are left with a rodent infested household.
Regularly spray for bugs and rodents
Most homeowners do not spray for bugs or rodents until after they have identified a problem. At this point, it is usually too late to work. Add routine spraying to your upkeep schedule. When you are completing routine spring cleaning tasks, be sure to also spray for bugs and rodents. This prevents even one from making it into your backyard or house. All it takes is one bug to turn your yard into an infestation, costing you thousands of dollars in pest control and fixing things like termite damage.
Set up bug guards
Bug guards are another effective prevention technique. However, bug guards will not be helpful if you already have a bug or rodent problem. Instead, it could serve the opposite purpose, preventing bugs from leaving the house or yard. If you are concerned about the possibility of a bug or rodent infestation, it is best to have a bug guard set up by a professional. A professional company will come out and properly set up the guard. They will then return either monthly, or every couple of months to inspect and maintain the bug guard system.
Call a professional at the first sighting
Too many homeowners wait too long to call a professional. They attempt to handle the infestation alone. By the time they are ready to call in a professional, the problem has gotten out of hand. This results in higher costs and more damage to the yard or house. Each year, termites and similar pests cause an estimated $30 billion in damage to crops and manmade structures in the U.S. According to HomeAdvisor, the average cost to hire an insect control service averages between $109 and $284, depending on the problem. However, if you wait until the problem becomes much larger, the initial costs quickly increase.
Your backyard is a part of your home. Don?t let bugs and rodents take it over and prevent you from enjoying it. You can prevent a bug or rodent infestation by maintaining your backyard, removing soggy wood, and disposing of garbage properly. If you notice bugs or rodents, it is important to call in a professional. Waiting to handle the problem yourself can end up costing you thousands and can leave you with extensive damage to your yard and house.