This summer, while you and your family enjoy your backyard, patio, and porch, you may come across flying or crawling intruders searching for a place to hang out. These are not your inquisitive next-door neighbors. They are insects.
Insects are, by nature, outdoor organisms, preferring to spend their time where there is shelter, food, or water, which often places them near people. While most insects are harmless and cause a nuisance, some are dangerous. Insects that sting and mosquitoes are two examples.
Mosquitoes may breed in a half-inch of stagnant water. In your yard, bird baths, kiddie pools, grill covers, and potted plants may offer a perfect breeding environment.
What attracts insects to your garden? Poway CA, your local pest, mosquito, and termite control – and grounds care – specialist, would like to throw some light on the situation and provide some tips for keeping your yard pest-free this summer.
Food: Backyards can feature a range of food sources that attract insects. Examples include flowering plants, fruits and veggies, and even rubbish or compost containers. Bees, butterflies, and beetles are drawn to flower nectar and pollen, but flies and insects are drawn to decomposing organic debris.
Water sources: Insects might be attracted to backyards with water features such as birdbaths, ponds, or even stagnant water in containers. Mosquitoes, for example, need water to reproduce, so any standing water in a garden might serve as a breeding site.
Backyards: may offer protection and ideal breeding grounds for various insects. Examples include vegetation, tall grasses, trees, bushes, and even artificial structures like wooden fences or garden huts. In specific locations, insects such as ants, wasps, and bees may form nests or colonies.
It is important to recognize that not all insects are pests or dangerous. Indeed, many insects play essential roles in pollination, decomposition, and ecological balance. If you have concerns about specific pests or the overpopulation of insects in your yard, call or phone Poway Pest Control Company.
KEEPING YOUR BACKYARD PEST FREE
What can you do to keep pesky insects away from your yard? Here are Poway’s six pointers to help you get there:
- While spending time outside, use an insect repellent with an EPA-registered component, such as DEET, picaridin, or lemon eucalyptus oil.
- If you’ll be spending time in tall grass, wear long pants and tuck your pantlegs into your socks.
- Eliminate standing water in your yard and regularly replenish the water in birdbaths and kiddie pools to prevent mosquito breeding.
- Trash should be sealed and covered with tightly fitting lids, and trash cans should be kept away from essential recreational areas. Cover any food you’re cooking outdoors to keep yellowjackets, wasps, and hornets at bay.
- Ticks and mosquitoes may hide and breed among weeds and overgrown plants. Trim your bushes and keep your lawn in good condition.
- To keep these pests out, seal gaps and cracks in the foundation, as well as around windows and doors, Place screens on windows and doors, and examine dogs and humans before entering the home.
Poway Pest Control Company appreciates your help in keeping pests out of your home and yard until the next time.