Summer brings with it sun, hot air, and wonderful opportunities to enjoy your yard. However, this time of the year also brings with it a lot of pests.
But do not fear.
We have compiled six maintenance tips and tactics to ensure your yard remains pest-free.
1. Do the cleaning
In summer, your yard will no doubt be full of debris left behind by severe thunderstorms that are prominent this time of year.
Removing debris from your lawn and flower beds will ensure no pests can claim their stake. Gently rake your lawn to pick up any debris and clear your beds of dead plants, fallen branches and any other objects that may attract pests.
2. Look after your lawn
Pests love to hide away in long grass, and in particular Chinch bugs in Charlotte, so keeping it short once winter has dispersed is a great way to keep these unwanted guests at bay.
The best way to keep your lawn pest free is to trim it little and often. It doesn't take long for a lawn to grow long - so get in there quickly before the ticks, fleas, and Chinch bugs begin to nest.
3. Keep on top of your bushes
As with a lawn; overgrown bushes, brushes, and trees will attract pests. If they are left unattended, they can be hard to contain and will create an ideal nesting ground for pests to make their new home.
Make sure you keep your bushes, flower beds, and other foliage within your garden trimmed and well-maintained - it may sound like a big job, but as with your lawn, if you do little and often, then you will find it easier to keep on top of it.
4. Hydrate your yard
Having a dehydrated yard could discourage good wildlife from visiting - allowing room for the bad wildlife to move in. On the other hand, over-watering your garden could create stagnant pools which will attract pests such as mosquitoes.
Make sure you give your lawn and flower beds the amount of water it needs - if it seems dry then consider investing in a sprinkler system to evenly distribute water across the area. If the lawn or bordering beds begin to create pools of water - immediately stop watering your lawn and wait for the pools to completely disappear before watering again.
5. Dethatch your lawn
Lawn grubs are unfortunately a common guest in the lawns of Charlotte, NC. Once you have these pests in your yard, it is particularly difficult to get rid of them, unless you get a strong pesticide or hire professionals. The best cure is prevention.
The best prevention is to keep your thatch down to a minimum and to fertilise your lawn with nitrogen once per year, usually in late October or early November.
6. Invest in Pest Control Services
If you already have a pest problem, or your maintenance efforts just aren't enough to keep the pesky insects at bay, then you may want to invest in professional pest control services.
There are many products on the market you can try yourself; however, not all of them will be right for your yard. Let our pest control team help you identify the root of the pest problem and treat your yard with professional-grade pesticides to keep them away.
The bottom line
Don't wait until pests come and invade your yard before you take action, the best way to prevent these unwanted guests is to prepare. Regular maintenance of your lawn and landscaping will ensure pests don't take control so you can enjoy your yard throughout the year.