When you hear the term ‘Pest Control,’ the first things that come to mind are cockroaches and mice getting inside your home. A fair amount of people assume that if the problem is outside, it is not much of a problem, but this is unfortunately not the case. In this article, we hope to explain why outdoor pest control is essential and provide tips on how to take care of it.

Why outdoor pest control is important

Let’s first look at why outdoor pest control is essential. Unless you have ever lived on a farm, then there is a chance you haven’t given the wildlife outside your door a second thought because as long as they aren’t in your house, why bother. However, if left unchecked, pests like rodents and insects can cause considerable damage to your property and belongings. By this, we don’t mean that they can damage your fence. However, that is also a possibility, we suggest that an outdoor pest problem not taken care of can quickly become an indoor pest problem with mice, termites, and many others getting into your walls and inside your property.

Suppose you have a garden of any kind. In that case, it is even more critical to control the wildlife as many insects will ravage your crops, stopping them from growing correctly and even contaminating them with the disease.

The final reason that outdoor pest control is essential is that most people in developed countries rarely think about but fail to realize how close the risk is. Most pests like rodents, ticks, and mosquitoes can carry and spread diseases, most of which are unpleasant for humans, and some can even be fatal. Overall, if you own a house with a yard or garden, it is crucial that you make efforts to prevent pests from taking hold on your property as the detrimental effects have the potential to be both expensive and dangerous.

Ways to prevent a pest problem before it begins

As with most things, it is always best to try to prevent an infestation before it becomes a real issue. Below are a few things you should be doing to lower the chances of a pest problem on your property.

Don’t leave food around: This one may sound obvious, but it is absolutely worth mentioning to be safe. Any food left out will attract a huge amount of wildlife and steps should be taken to avoid this. Store any food in sealed containers and ensure that your garbage cans have proper lids that will not be easily blown off or removed.

Remove any sources of water: Be sure to fix any leaks you may have around your home and try not to let water accumulate and pool up anywhere, common places people forget to check are under plant pots and in blocked gutters.

Remove any sources of shelter: By shelter, we mean clutter left out around the yard. Anything from stacks of newspapers, to cardboard boxes, to garden hose caddies can provide pests with a place to hide and breed.

Seal off any entrances into your home: If you see any gaps, cracks, or holes in the sides of your home be sure to get them patched and blocked off as quickly as possible.

Yard and lawn pest control

Much of what we’ll cover in this section may come off as common sense and general upkeep but it is important to mention as people often forget important tasks or simply stop caring enough to put in the work.

Keep your yard clean: This ties into the points we mentioned above, leaving trash and clutter around your yard will provide pests with places to shelter, allowing them to stay safe and breed, making the problem worse the longer they are there.

Keep your lawn mown: This is likely an ordinary part of your yard maintenance but keeping your grass trimmed does more than just keep your lawn looking tidy, long grass acts similar to trash by giving pests a place to shelter and breed. In addition to your lawn, if you have any bushes or trees, it is also important to also keep them well kept for the same reason.

Avoid rocks in your yard: Whether they be for decoration or just already there, rocks provide fantastic natural shelters for bugs and rodents to crawl under and make their nest.

Garden pest control

If you are lucky enough to have space for a garden, you may be enthusiastic to start planting away, however, as they are perfect for attracting pests here are a few things you can do to stop insects and rodents from decimating your hard grown crops.

Keep an eye out for deformed or discolored leaves: Whether your plant leaves are discolored, deformed, or even chewed, these can all be signs that pests are in about that need to be dealt with. Pesticides are an option but there are also natural preventatives that you may wish to try first.

Spread coffee grounds around your plants: Coffee grounds provide lots of benefits to soil, such as adding nitrogen and increasing its acidity, many creatures both insects and otherwise hate coffee so this can be an easy way to repel things like slugs and other pests from your crops.

Consider building barriers around your crops: Barriers can come in the form of fences, a raised garden box, or even nets around your plants, all of which will help against some pests. You can also plant things that naturally repel pests, for example, Basil, Lavender, Thyme, Dill, and many others.

Consider using traps: If you are experiencing issues with rodents eating your crops then you may need to look into traps for your garden. Luckily, there are plenty of humane traps on the market that will capture the pests without killing them, however, if you use one of these non-kill traps be sure to dispose of the pest far enough away from your home otherwise they will find their way back.

Pool pest control

Next up are some tips if you are fortunate enough to own a pool. They require quite a bit of maintenance as it is but keeping the below tips in mind should keep it pest-free.

Minimize the amount of lighting in the pool: As you probably already know, lights attract bugs and leaving pool lights on overnight can cause large swarms of insects to gather, this is not only annoying at the time but also means that they are likely to lay eggs resulting in even more bugs in the near future.

Regular pool cleaning: By pool cleaning, we mean skimming the top of your pool and brushing away any algae that may be forming in the water. Both dead insects on the surface of your pool and algae in it will attract insects so be sure to keep it as clean as possible. Also, nobody wants to swim in a dirty pool full of dead bugs so consider this one generally a good idea.

Treat your pool regularly: This is something most pool owners will already know but along with the overall hygiene of your pool, a regularly treated one will attract fewer insects and mosquitoes are actually unable to lay eggs on freshly treated water.

Consider getting insect traps: Insect traps are simply lights or wire mesh that has an electric current going through them when the insects land on or fly through the trap they are instantly and humanely killed. If you do choose to invest in a bug trap, however, be sure to regularly empty out any dead bugs so as not to attract more than you end up killing.

When to call a professional

The final piece of advice we have for you when it comes to outdoor pest control is to consider when you are in over your head. Most home pest control solutions are meant to be preventative so if you find yourself in a situation where you either missed something, did too little, or reacted too late, do not be afraid to contact a professional pest control service. It is important you do this sooner rather than later because trying to save money and get rid of an infestation yourself can often prove futile and instead allow the pests more time to infest and damage your home and your property. Professionals are not only equipped with stronger chemicals but also with the knowledge on how best to deal with pests and so will be able to save you money in the long run.

Hopefully, this article has provided you with enough tips and knowledge to prevent a pest infestation of your own. Thank you for reading and stay safe!