Having a garden in your home is having a wonderful sanctuary where you can relax on your own or with your family. Unfortunately, when pests are around it, its beauty slowly fades away.
Cockroaches, ants, spiders, fleas, rodents and mosquitoes are some of the critter problems that you can find in your backyard. These pests would damage your garden and plants that you have been growing for months.
Pests are a real nuisance compared to weeds and they will come to infest your property no matter what kind of weather it is. They will build nests which will be easier for them to infiltrate your homes, and once they have settled in, it is hard for you to eliminate them.
Luckily, there are many solutions that would tackle this pest problem that you have in your garden. To make your backyard free from infestation, you can either use a natural approach or call an exterminator to get rid of them. It’s up to you which one is better.
Here are some tips that can help protect your gardens.
Natural and Organic Remedies
This is one of the cheapest ways to deal with those pests lurking in your backyard. Some of them can just be easily found at home in yo kitchen. If you are someone who wants to ensure safety, especially when doing treatments, this one is the best option for you.
Effective pest remedies that you can find in the kitchen include garlic and hot peppers, which can kill all kinds of insect pest and rodents. If you have beer in your fridge, this can remove those snails and slugs eating leaves in your plants. Apple cider vinegar can also remove aphids and fruit flies.
If you love coffee, well, some bugs and insects hate them. The smell of ground coffee can repel them in your yard. You can spread them in your garden soil to drive these insects away, and they are good for your garden plants too. It increases their acidity and adds nitrogen in the soil.
You can just easily make concoctions to remove pests from your plants. Using a soap diluted in water can deter some pests. A good soap is one that has no detergent or additives, like Castile soap.
Horticultural oils are plant-based oils mixed with emulsifiers so they can be added to water and sprayed on plants. They smother and poison soft bodied insects, like aphids and mites.
Although these are natural remedies, make sure to test them first on a small portion of the plant to make sure they will not harm it. Never apply on a hot sunny day, which will cause plants to burn. Some of these also can harm beneficial insects that can be good for your garden.
Attract Beneficial Predators
Not all bugs are bad, many of them help grow our plants by pollinating, decomposing waste and eating up those bad insects. They can also improve the overall health of your garden.
Bees, lady bugs, spiders, praying mantis and ground beetles to name a few, are those that can help you get rid of the bad insects in your garden.
There are also some plants that you rely to repel pests away for goods. You can just plant them in your yard and it will naturally help you keep it pest free.
Aside from making your garden look pretty, some flowers can help you rid of insects that harm your plants. Petunia can remove aphids and leafhoppers, Marigolds drive away mosquitoes and aphids, while Chrysanthemums can keep away cockroaches and ants from coming in.
If you like having herbs in your food, then planting them in your garden can be beneficial too to keep pests from coming in. Basil can help you with mosquitoes and houseflies. Dill and thyme can repel some bugs and worms that are harmful for your garden plants and vegetables.
Pest Control Services
Garden pests can be very difficult to handle. If things are getting messy and you can no longer tolerate those unwanted critters crawling in your yard, then it’s time to take action. Pest control services can address this pest problem you have immediately.
Make sure to call a pest control company that is well experienced in handling backyard issues. There are highly trained, skilled and certified exterminators who can resolve your problem without spending too much money.
If you fully want to have fun under the sun while sitting in your yard, then let a professional exterminator handle these pests for good and enjoy your garden without having to worry about those nuisances.
There are many remedies that we can use to remove this unwanted pests in our garden. But as they say, prevention is better than cure. Here are simple ways and traditional ways to maintain a pest free garden.
Always keep your backyard clean and orderly, it will lessen the infestation or might as well stop pests from coming in. Removing wood and logs in your garden is a good way of preventing termites and other pests. They are conducive for living and these insects will build nests around those areas.
Eliminate standing water in your yard, so it would not attract mosquitoes since damp areas are a perfect place for them to breed. Mowing your lawn can also help keep those pests away. Tall grasses can lure insects and other rodents since it’s a habitat for them.
Installing traps and Barriers
Apart from planting beneficial plants and other natural protection, enforcing some protections, like simple equipment and devices are your first line of defense. Some hand-on techniques are very simple and you can do it yourself.
Barriers like nets, fences and paper collars keep bugs and other animals away from plants. You can also use floating row covers or transparent fabric or fabric covers that let sunshine in but keep some bugs away. Traps lure pests away from plants, allowing them to be removed from the garden. You can either purchase or build them.
These are ways to have your backyard free of pests. Another way to keep it healthy is to always monitor your garden from time to time. Be sure to check your plants, crops or soil for anything unusual to keep it healthy and safe.
I'm Ann Katelyn, Creator and Chief Author of Sumo Gardener. Since I was a child I've always been fascinated with plants and gardens, and as an adult this has developed into my most loved hobby. I have dedicated most of my life to gardening and started Sumo Gardener as a way to express my knowledge about gardening with the hope of helping other people's gardens thrive.
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