12 Pest-Free Outdoor Living Tips
Here in the North Bay and East Bay Area, we’re used to dealing with pests all year long. This time of year, they’re especially prevalent. You’re likely spending more time in your own backyard this year. Whether you have outdoor barbecues, gardening sessions, or playtime with the kids, the last thing you want to deal with is pests in the yard. Wasps, mosquitoes, ticks, and flies can quickly turn an enjoyable time spent in your outdoor living space sour!
For that reason, it’s important to learn how to implement pest prevention into your backyard maintenance routine. The experts at Western Exterminator, formerly Hitmen are sharing their top tips for pest-free outdoor living.
Here’s How to Keep Pests Away From Your Backyard
Flies and spiders are to be expected in your yard, but no one wants to discover a wasp nest, mosquito breeding grounds, or ants covering their patio furniture! Some pests can be dangerous, making it important to do all you can to prevent them altogether. Our top tips include:
- Regularly clean up your outdoor space. Crumbs or spilled liquids will attract ants and other insects.
- Keep your lawn and shrubs trimmed. Overgrown grass or vegetation provides mosquitoes and ticks with shelter.
- Remove standing water. Mosquitoes only need a half inch of standing water to breed.
- Use a tight-fitting lid on your trash can. Food items in an unsealed container will attract pests.
- Look for ant hills and wasp nests. Even the smallest mound or nest can contain thousands of insects.
- Thoroughly inspect wood structures. Your deck or porch may be vulnerable to termite or carpenter bees.
- Burn a few citronella candles. While not a long-term solution, this will repel mosquitoes.
- Try replacing light bulbs. Yellow bulbs or sodium vapor lights will not attract as many insects.
- Plant a garden. Certain plants and herbs, including marigolds, mint, and basil, act as a natural repellent.
- Apply an insect repellent. Any repellent with DEET will help repel mosquitoes and ticks.
- Wear appropriate clothing. If you are going to be outdoors for a longer period of time, consider wearing long sleeves or pants to keep pests from biting.
- Store firewood away from the home. Piles of wood are a magnet for multiple kinds of pests.
Other Ways to Stay Pest-Free Outside
If you have pest problems in your backyard, there’s a big chance they may come indoors. By preventing them outdoors, you are effectively preventing them inside as well. Your best chance at staying protected from pests all year long is teaming up with a professional pest control company such as Western Exterminator, formerly Hitmen. Contact us today to learn more!