During these warm months, you might be happy that you can now spend some of your hours working in the garden. If you have a green thumb and you’ve been longing for warmer weather so that you can get your hands dirty, we’re with you.
Nothing can beat the fresh look and smell of new flowers blooming in the garden, and although you might spend a lot of time choosing the perfect plants, we also highly recommend that you become familiar with hiring pest control services.
During the spring and summer, there are a lot of different types of pests you need to watch out for. After you familiarize yourself with some of these types of pests, understanding how you can handle them is the next important step. After putting in endless hours tending to your garden, the last thing you would want is for pests to come by and damage it.
Here are some of our recommendations on how you can prevent pests from taking over your garden and backyard:
Some of the most common spring pests will include:
- Pavement ants: These will usually be found in soil outdoors, but they can also be found in homes.
- Carpenter ants: These ants are attracted to warm temperatures but can also make their colonies in the foundation of your home.
- Spiders: They are found on porches, basements and garages. Their presence is usually an indication that you have other pests around.
- Houseflies: If you have a door or window open, then take some extra caution as house flies will always find their way in.
- Fleas: These are typically found in homes that have large pets or animals. To control fleas, use basic cleaning products and always check your pet.
Not wanting any insects around at all is understandable, but it’s not realistic when you are outdoors. Although it might be slightly annoying to deal with bugs and bees around your garden, there are a lot of insects that are doing more good than harm for your plants. There are many benefits associated with the following insects:
- Damsel bugs
- Minute pirate bugs
These types of insects are good at naturally keeping down the numbers of other pests by eating them. In order to get more of these “good” bugs to your garden, it’s necessary to give them sources of nectar. But not just any flower will have the nectar source which beneficial insects crave.
Some common plants that will help are:
- Black-eyed Susans
- Native buckwheat
- Lace flower
- Golden alexanders
If these aren’t plants you are interested in adding to your garden, then you can ask your garden center for other recommendations.
It might be tempting to only pick out the most aesthetically pleasing plants in the garden store, you should ask the sales associate for their opinion first. Without realizing you could be opening the door for a variety of pests. By researching online, you can discover what pests are the most attractive to pests so that you can avoid them.