It’s the most wonderful time of the year when the weather turns from timid to temperate and you want to spend as much time in your yard as possible. Unfortunately, there are a lot of pests that want to spend time there, too! Tired of sharing your yard with bugs? Here are some ways to send them on their way.

Make Your Yard Unwelcoming (for Bugs)

Tired of sharing your yard with outdoor bugs. Pest control services can help

Whether it’s ants at your picnic or flies in your summer cocktails, bugs put a definite damper on enjoying your yard. Some simple tips to deterring bugs from wanting to hang out in your yard can go a long way to keep infestations at bay.

  • No standing water. Be sure to drain any water features, pet bowls, birdbaths, or rainwater, as mosquitos love to breed there. This includes the unseen water reservoirs, too, like roof gutters and potholes on the lawn.
  • Keep trash at a distance. Ants love to eat trash and flies love to breed in it. Keep garbage cans covered and as far from your usual hang out spots as possible.
  • Cover food. Summers are filled with picnics and barbeques, but bugs love to join in. Keep food covered when you’re not cooking or eating. Even consider lids for cups, especially for alcohol or sugary drinks that can attract fruit flies.
  • Don’t let the landscaping go. Tall bushes and overgrown weeds are ideal places for insects to hide, so keep your landscaping trim and tidy. Also consider planting naturally bug-repellent species, like lavender, marigolds, and lemongrass.
  • Befriend birds. A lot of birds that fly through your yard like to dine on insects. Attract more with bird feeders and small trees.
  • Scent it up with citronella. Citronella candles use a variety of natural oils that both repel bugs and cover up the scents of carbon dioxide and human lactic acid, which attract bugs to us in the first place.
  • Protect pets. Humans aren’t the only ones battling with bugs. Make sure your dogs and cats are protected from fleas and ticks. And keep in mind that even though the buggers won’t attach to a treated animal, they can still hitch a ride in the house.

When to Call a Professional

Despite all the do it yourself efforts noted above, the best defense is professional pest control services. When your home is treated regularly, bugs will back off and think twice about crashing your garden party. This can control bugs in your yard AND in your home. For the best yard defense, call Maine Bed Bugs and Pest Control today at (207) 650-8654.