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Tips for Outdoor Pest Control

Outdoor Gathering in Canoga Park YardOne of the best parts of summer is spending time outdoors. However, if bugs and other pests start to ruin your outdoor gatherings, it can easily turn a happy moment into a big nuisance. Ants, flies, mosquitoes, rodents, and other uninvited pests are frustrating and dangerous since numerous pests bite and carry certain diseases. But sometimes, those “pests” are helpful and vulnerable animals, such as bees and bunnies – even if you don’t like them in your yard. Luckily, there are a lot of methods to get rid of those outdoor pests. By utilizing a few fundamental tips, you can discourage outdoor pests from ruining your fun in the sun.

Trim Lawns and Bushes

One of the first things you can do to discourage unwanted pests from moving into your Canoga Park rental home’s yard is to keep your lawn and bushes neatly trimmed. Overgrown grass, bushes, and weeds are breeding grounds for a wide variety of pests, from flies to rodents. By keeping your grass and other foliage trimmed back, you can restrict insects and other pests from residing in your yard.

Eliminate Hiding Places

Many biting insects, including mosquitoes, are attracted to standing water, piles of lawn clippings, wet leaves, trash cans, and different places outside your home. To hold these pests back from spreading in your yard, it’s a smart thought to keep things clean and dry. For example, if you or your landlord haven’t cleaned the gutters or trash bins in a while, take steps to get that done. Besides, it’s best to repair any water leaks or low spots in the yard where water can pool and stagnate. In the end, your home storage shed or woodpile should be kept clean, dry, and away from the house’s exterior walls. Your woodpile or shed will be less attractive to a variety of common outdoor pests if you do this.

Bring in Natural Deterrents

Once you’ve tidied up your outdoor space, the next thing you need to do to eliminate outdoor pests is to use a few natural repellants. Keeping herbs like rosemary, mint, basil, or thyme near entryways, patios, or decks can help naturally repel pests from seating areas. Blowing fans can help keep away flying insects, and keeping food or sugary drinks covered or put away can discourage pests from trying to sneak in for a bite. To keep ants away, try scattering a little cayenne pepper around the perimeter of your gathering spots. Even if you’ll need to reapply after watering, cayenne pepper is an effective natural deterrent for crawling insects.

Handling Helpful “Pests”

Sometimes, the pests that attack our outdoor spaces are animals we need for a healthy ecosystem. However, this does not imply that you need to invite them in, either. Swarms of bees are both beneficial for healthy plants and a hazard for people. Bunnies can help aerate your lawn, but they’ll also cause unpleasant holes and multiply if left to breed unchecked. For pests like these, it’s best to check your lease to determine where the responsibility for pest control belongs to in order to have professionals remove them safely and humanely.

Unwanted pests can be a nuisance. But by taking the necessary precautions to keep them out, you can make your outdoor bonding both enjoyable and pest-free.

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