Now more than ever, people are looking to spend time in their backyards with their families. Whether you’re starting a garden, hosting barbecues on the weekend, or playing with your kids in your yard, you don’t want to deal with pests. Mosquitoes in your pond, flies around your barbecue, or wasps building a nest on your deck can all quickly ruin your time enjoying your outdoor living space. Pests outside are to be expected, but there are a few things you can do to keep them away. The experts at Active Pest Control are here to help with expert info on how to prevent pests in your backyard.
8 Tips to Keep Pests Out of Your Yard
If you’re going to be outdoors in the late summer months, you can be sure pests will be out too! To lessen the risk of pests in your patio or backyard, there are several steps to take. Our top tips are to:
- Use an insect repellent. Any repellent with DEET will help repel mosquitoes and ticks.
- Remove standing water. Mosquitoes only need a half inch of standing water to breed.
- Keep your lawn and shrubs trimmed. Overgrown grass or vegetation provides mosquitoes and ticks with shelter.
- Be on the lookout for ant hills. Even a tiny mound can contain thousands of ants inside.
- Inspect wood structures. Your deck or porch may be vulnerable to termite or carpenter bee activity.
- Clean your patio or space regularly. Crumbs or spilled liquids will attract ants and other insects.
- Consider using citronella candles. While not a long-term solution, this will repel mosquitoes during outdoor activities.
- Replace your light bulbs. Yellow bulbs or sodium vapor lights will not attract as many insects.
Common Pests in Outdoor Living Spaces
The warmer weather and longer days invite all types of pests to be outdoors when you are in the late summer. Some can be more dangerous than others, making it important to know how to keep all pests away. The most common pests you’ll encounter in your yard are mosquitoes, stinging insects (bees, wasps, and hornets), ants, spiders, ticks, fleas, and flies. Needless to say, mosquitoes and ticks can be especially dangerous for your family. Following the previously mentioned prevention methods can help prevent pests.
Help with Outdoor Pest Prevention
If you find yourself with a full-blown pest infestation in your backyard, it’s important to contact your local residential exterminator for help. At Active Pest Control, we are dedicated to keeping our customers pest-free all year long—both inside and outside your home!