Understanding Garden Pest Control

I still remember when I planted my first garden. I was so excited to get started that I completely overlooked the massive pest problem brewing in my yard. Unfortunately, as soon as I planted my crops, I was confronted with the harsh realities of pests munching through all of my veggies. It was devastating, but I knew that I needed to make things right. I decided to contact a professional exterminator to see if he could help. He came out, checked out the pests that were plaguing the area, and treated the earth with the right pesticides. I made this website to help you to understand garden pest control, so that you can reap your harvest.

Mosquito Problems Messing With Your Love Of The Great Outdoors? Tips To Help You Win The Battle And Take Back Your Yard

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If spending time outdoors at your home includes being buzzed by hungry mosquitoes, the issue may be much more serious than just a mere annoyance. Mosquitoes can carry many harmful diseases that can affect both you and your pets, including:

  • malaria
  • yellow fever
  • West Nile virus
  • Dengue fever
  • many types of encephalitis, including Eastern, Japanese, La Crosse, St. Louis, and Western equine varieties

If you would like to continue enjoying your outdoor spaces with less risk from disease-carrying mosquitoes, the following information may help.  

Remove Standing Water

Mosquitos have a knack for finding obscure areas where water collects and then using these pools of stagnant water to lay eggs as part of their reproduction cycle. Finding and eliminating these areas of stagnate water is a great first step in your plan to reduce the number of mosquitoes that inhabit your area.

The following is a list of places that commonly harbor standing water and how you can resolve the problem.

  • Pet water dishes: Clean water dishes and refill them with fresh water daily.
  • Low areas in your yard where water tends to puddle when it rains or when the lawn is watered: Fill these low spots with topsoil and plant grass seed in these areas to help hold the soil in place.
  • Unused wading pools, spas, swimming pools, water features and fountains: If possible, drain these and then take steps to prevent them from refilling with water, such as removing them completely or adding a waterproof cover. If the water feature is one that you enjoy, it may be possible to add a few goldfish to the water to consume mosquito larvae before it can hatch.
  • The crawlspace underneath your home: Take steps to remove accumulations of standing water in crawl spaces by adding a sump pump and improving the drainage and ventilation underneath the home.

Increase Ventilation in Outdoor Living Areas

Even after you have taken steps to remedy any standing water issues you have around your home, you may still experience mosquito activity in your yard, especially in areas where you gather to eat or relax. Increasing the ventilation in these areas by installing ceiling fans will help create air currents that can discourage mosquitoes. In addition, burning citronella candles and adding plants that naturally deter mosquitoes, such as catnip and lavender, can help make spending time outside more enjoyable.

If your mosquito problem is serious, or it is not lessened by any of the above measures, go to websites of reputable pest control companies that specializes in mosquito control to research which one appeals to you more. Once you've found a good fit, they will be able to assess your problem and offer you a convenient, long-lasting solution.

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5 November 2015