It is vital that, in any landscaping project, a pest control program is included. Unwanted insects and other problems will be attracted to the newly created environment because of the seemingly inexhaustible food supply, nicely damp soil and ideal breeding ground. Here are a few ways that you can maintain control over these pests.
Mosquitoes thrive in moist conditions and they will breed in any puddle. They can be eradicated using repellants, but a better alternative is the mosquito magnet. Repellants contain chemicals that can be harmful to people and the environment. Mosquito magnets kill mosquitoes without the use of these chemicals. The magnet releases a gas that resembles human breath to a mosquito and it is attracted to the machine, where is succumbs to dehydration.
Regardless whether you use a magnet or another way to get rid of mosquitoes, you should follow these rules to reduce the amount of mosquito breeding in your garden:
* Rid your garden of any pools of still, stagnant water.
* Clean any areas that collect water, such as a birdbath, daily to kill any mosquito larva.
* Keep any ponds or pools aerated and in the case of swimming pools, maintain the chlorine or salt level at all times.
* Any aquatic plants in ponds will attract mosquitoes, so check them regularly.
* Fish and other aquatic animals will eat mosquitoes, so fill your ponds with these.
* Drip irrigation will water your plants, but the soil surface will remain relatively dry.
These creatures are readily seen in gardens that have accumulated piles of lawn cuttings, leaves and foliage. Here are a few ways to rid your garden of these pests:
* Make it a regular occurrence to clear the garden of such debris.
* Some mulch can result in an infestation of earwig, so check your mulched areas regularly.
* Use the drip irrigation as in the case of mosquito control to maintain a dry soil surface.
* Include “bird friendly” features in your landscape. The birds will be a natural controller of the earwigs and other pests.
Controlling Animal Pests
Most gardens will seem attractive to animals. Some areas prevent the killing of these pests, so it is best to discourage them from entering your property.
Here are some tips to discourage animals such as groundhogs, moles and rabbits from coming into your yard:
* Maintain your fences and ensure they are pest proof.
* Rid your garden of areas where the animals may hide out, such as tall grass, weeds and leaf piles.
* Use objects such as pinwheels as “scarers” around your fence to discourage the more timid animals.
* Use traps that will capture the animal humanely, allowing you to free them into the wild.
Live Animal Traps
These are as they suggest, a trap that captures the animal alive, allowing for it to be released some distance from your home. There are a number of these traps available, but the best are the havahart traps. They are easy to use and come in a number of sizes. They are safe to use around children and pets. You can purchase these online from the website havahart.com.
Organic Pest Control Methods
Common organic products, most of which came from plants sources and are readily available and you may even have at home, can be mixed together to make anti-pest formulas that are powerful enough to kills pests but are not harmful to humans or to the environment. Such organic products include insecticidal soap, Neem oil, horticultural oil and seeds of various plants eg Pyrethrims. With some knowledge you can easily make your own at home.