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.

Keeping Ants Out of Your Home

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Pesky ants can become a big problem when they get inside a home. They can cause structural damage and can be a nuisance in general when you see them walking around on your belongings. There are several steps you can take to keep ants on the exterior of your home. Here are some tips to use to make sure ants do not make their way inside your living quarters.

Tend To Your Yard

Use a commercial-grade ant pesticide in your lawn and around your vegetation to help minimize the number of ants you have present on your property. Hiring a pest control service, such as Desert Pest Control, is best as they are able to use products that are safe for the environment, while using proper procedures in reducing the number of ants effectively. If you see ant hills in your yard, boil a pot of water on your stove and pour it over the holes in the hills to kill some of the ants underground. Place gravel around the perimeter of your home. Ants tend to stick to walking on grassy and dirt surfaces, avoiding rocks when there is a choice of terrain.

Check The Exterior

Do an evaluation of the exterior of your home to help fill in any holes that may be used as an entryway to the home. Use caulk around windows and doorways to seal spaces where ants would sneak on through. If you find damaged areas on the side of your home, use pieces of flashing to patch them or replace wood or siding to help keep ants on the outside. 

Use Some Deterrents

There are a few substances you can place around windows and doors to help keep ants from wanting to cross into the interior of the home. Chalk and powder are both avoided by ants. Draw a line across the floor or around a window frame with a piece of chalk to keep ants on the outside. Sprinkle powder in doorways and across the interior bottom portion of windows to keep ants away. 

Use Some Traps

To keep ants outdoors, put some ant traps along the exterior of your home. Bait traps will give ants a snack to bring back to their ant hills to share with the rest of their colony. The bait eaten is poisonous and the ants will not make their way back out of their homes after sharing the food with each other. 

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9 November 2015