Spring Lawn Care And Pest Prevention
February 25, 2015
Before you even get to spring cleaning, all those pests that have been overwintering in your home, and in the homes around your home, are going to become active again. That is why it is important to do your pre-spring cleaning. What is pre-spring cleaning? This is when you go around your yard and make it less inviting to pests. Not only will this reduce the number of pests you'll have to deal with in spring, it also helps your lawn be strong and healthy.
When termite and carpenter ant swarmers pour out of mature colonies in search of a place to form a new colony, don't let them find moist wood on your lawn or near your foundation walls. Go around the yard and get all those sticks, wet leaves, and vegetation, picked up. These are attractive to wood chewing insects, and will draw them in.
Termites and carpenter ants also like wet firewood. If you have not done so yet, make sure your firewood is at least 20 feet away from your exterior walls. You don't want these insects to be close enough to take an interest in your house.
There are a number of insect pests that like moist soil. We got a lot of snow this year, so it is even more important to fill in areas where water is pooling on your lawn, and make sure your gutters are channeling water away from your foundation. You don't want any standing water next to your basement walls.
Look for areas that have been damaged by heavy snow, ice, and rain. Use a caulking gun to fill in rotted areas, and seal up those entry points. When insect pests fly through your neighborhood looking to make a new home, don't let them find a way into yours.
You may not know this, but there are also a ton of mosquito eggs on your lawn. When it starts to warm up, those mosquitoes are going to hatch. If you get a pest controller to do a lawn treatment, you can significantly reduce the number mosquitoes that will plague you this spring. A pest control company can also give you pest prevention tips that are specific to your home and your neighborhood.
With a little pre-spring cleaning you can make your yard less attractive to bugs. Get right of the moisture. Get rid of the clutter. And get rid of the food sources. Don't make your home appealing to pests, and you'll have a lot less of them. Guaranteed.