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 Your Garden Pest-Free

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A garden can be a great way for you to spend time in your yard. It can offer you a way to relax, a way to enjoy nature and a way to grow your own food. However, a garden also requires a good amount of diligence when it comes to making sure you stay on top of fighting off pests who can quickly destroy all your hard work. Deer, rabbits, squirrels and raccoons are a few examples of some of the types of pests you can find yourself dealing with when you have a garden. Try these tips to keep pests out of your garden:

Let your dog out more

If you have a dog then you may want to send them out into the yard during the times when you notice the pests arriving the most. Make sure your dog is large enough that they can't be hurt by the pests and be sure your dog stays up to date on their rabies vaccination.

Leave a human scent around the garden

Many pests would rather spend their time in areas where they don't have to worry about dealing with humans. Putting human hair around the garden can help scare away some pests, such as deer. You can save hair clippings from haircuts and keep the hair that comes out of your hairbrushes. Put the hair in a nylon stocking and hang it in the garden.

Stay active in your garden

The more you are in your garden to take care of its needs, the less comfortable critters will feel about coming into it. They will smell you and there won't be as many treats for them since you will be constantly caring for the plants, harvesting vegetables, and removing seed pods and rotting fruits.

Spray your plants with a hot pepper mixture

You can smash up some hot peppers, mix them with water and put the mixture in a spray bottle. Spray your plants with the mixture to keep pests from eating them. If you have sprayed the pepper spray on edible items, make sure you wash them off with dish soap and water before eating them.

Put a fence up around the garden

While a fence may not be able to keep all critters out of the garden, they will help to cut down the number and every bit helps. If you are trying to keep deer out, then you may need to have a taller fence around the garden and a shorter one on the outside of that fence, about two feet from it. This way, the deer can't clear both fences.

If you try the tips here and still have problems, a pest control company, like IPM - Intelligent Pest Management, may be your next best step. They can come out to assess your needs and take care of the pests.

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16 December 2015