Tidying up your yard is not just about boosting your home's curb appeal. It's also essential to protect your family from pests, which can transmit disease and create health hazards on your property. While hiring an exterminator is the best remedy for a pest problem, you can take steps to prevent infestations in the first place.
How to Deter Pests in Your Yard
1. Keep Your Yard Clean
Remove all trash from your home and leave it in tightly sealed bins for the local garbage collectors. Always clean up after your pets in the yard and dispose of their waste. Have a landscaper help you get rid of dead plants and old tree stumps as well since pests may take shelter under leaves and branches that pile up in your yard.
2. Mow the Grass
Many insects hide in tall grass, including ants, roaches, and ticks. An overgrown lawn leaves your children and dogs vulnerable to picking up these insects when they run around your yard. Keep pests away by cutting the grass regularly.
3. Remove Standing Water
Pests need water, which is why they’re attracted to puddles and pools. Stagnant water also provides an ideal breeding place for mosquitoes. Avoid irritating insects by making sure any water features flow steadily and fixing wet spots in the yard.
4. Shift Mulch
Ants and other pests love to build their nests in mulch because it’s moist and warm. Shift the mulch in your yard with a rake to keep these insects away.
If pests are taking over your yard, call the exterminators at Hilo Termite & Pest Control. The company has offered environmentally friendly roach control, termite treatment, and tent fumigation for more than 50 years. Their team of exterminators has earned an A+ from the Better Business Bureau® for their customer service. Check out their website or call (808) 935-8301 to make an appointment with an exterminator.