The Landscape Pests category includes a wide variety of insects and other pests. The major factor in controlling these pests on your property is to make the environment unfriendly to them. It a fact that a clean and neat landscape, well cared for, is usually not conducive to harboring insects or rodents.
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Here are some common guidelines for landscape pest control: Keep plants trimmed off the ground and not touching the house.
• Clear all debris from your yard. This is very important, and will solve many problems.
Earwigs, sow bugs, ant colonies, snails, and rodents use debris areas to breed and nest.
• Pets should be fed and the dishes immediately picked up. Pet food is a big food source for many wild animals that will bring fleas and ticks to your property.
• Water bowls must be emptied or brought inside at night. Most wild animals and many insects are nocturnal, and this is their nightly water source.
• Garbage cans must have lids and be kept shut, even while inside your garage. Oriental cockroaches (water bugs), flies, mice and numerous other pests depend on your garbage to survive.
• Leaky faucets and irrigation pipes must be fixed to prevent moist and wet areas around your home.
• Seal the tiny cracks that leak air out of your home. Insects and spiders easily find these and gain entrance.
• Make sure the weather stripping on your garage and outside doors is still fitting properly.
The main key to remember is that insects are small animals that are part of the lesser food chain. The way you deal with your landscape and the perimeter of your home makes a difference. Pests need food, water, and shelter. Your home is the best shelter on your property, and insects usually love to get inside.