Bugs and other pests can ruin everything from a game of catch to a backyard barbecue, so you need to be prepared. Fortunately, with a few preparation tips, you can enjoy a pest-free yard this season.
Which Pests are Most Common?
There are a variety of insects and other pests that can crash your outdoor party. In Southern California, you might have to deal with one or more of the following:
Each pest requires different prevention and extermination tactics, so you’ll have to plan accordingly. You may also have to use multiple methods to ensure that your yard stays pest-free.
Remove Standing Water
Mosquitoes are not just annoying. They can also carry all kinds of diseases. Mosquito populations are rising in SoCal, so homeowners have to do their part to help curb the spread of these nasty bugs.
Mosquitoes breed in standing water, and it only takes a couple of days for eggs to hatch and bring a whole swarm of new insects. Buckets, planters and anything else that can collect water should be emptied as soon as possible. While rain isn’t too common, pay attention to potential water sources after a downpour.
Clear Brush and Overgrown Lawns
Prevents: Ants and Rodents
A well-trimmed and maintained backyard makes it harder for pests to make a home. So, there’s another reason to break out the edger, mower and trimmers. Yard work is undoubtedly a chore, but it can help mitigate pest populations. So, it’s worth the time and effort.
Use Pest Control Animals
Prevents: Most Flying Insects
A single bird or bats can go through hundreds of insects every day. So, mosquitoes, flies and other bugs don’t stand a chance.
Bird feeders easily attract our feathered friends. You can also build a bat house. San Diego is home to multiple bat species, although most of them tend to avoid the city. If you live in the suburbs, a bat house may attract a few visitors who will love to snack on pests all night long.
Cover all Food
Prevents: Yellowjackets and Ants
Nothing attracts yellowjackets and ants like food sitting outside. A few minutes is all it takes to get a few visitors, so you have to be hyper-vigilant. Also, yellowjackets are attracted to any floral scents, including perfumes and cleaners. Avoid using them outdoors as much as possible.
Get in Touch with Pinpoint Pest Control
The best way to keep a pest-free yard this summer is to rely on professionals. Pinpoint Pest Control is your resource for a fun and safe season. We’ll eliminate any pests and prevent them from coming back. Call us today to set up your first visit.