<img height="1" width="1" style="display:none" src="https://www.facebook.com/tr?id=1851942851733787&amp;ev=PageView&amp;noscript=1">

Mulch Madness

Sep 6, 2017 -- Posted by : admin

 Did you laying a fresh coat of mulch this spring or summer? Mulching is a great way to keep your lawn looking fresh while providing a whole host of benefits to your landscape. No matter what type of substrate you use (wood chips, pine straw, bark, compost, ect.), an added layer of mulch locks in moisture, provides insulation for trees and shrubs and can even improve soil condition as mulch breaks down over time.

Making Mulch Last

It's a good time to start thinking about adding a top layer for the winter! If your mulch is looking a little thin from the wear and tear of summer months activities or you want to protect your plants and yard from potential freezes this winter, late fall is the perfect time to spruce up your mulch. After all, it's hard to tell what a Charlotte winter will bring.

Mulching and Pest Control in Charlotte

Unfortunately, those same benefits that mulch provides to your landscape, it also provides to pests such as cockroaches, ants, millipedes and even termites. Insects look for three key resources: food, water and shelter. A thick layer of mulch offers pests a humid habitat with more than enough places to hide from predators and the hot summer sun. As the much breaks down, it also can serve as a food source for many insects, keeping them happy and healthy. Lastly, the combination of these factors also can make mulch an ideal breeding site for pests, increasing their numbers around your home.

Luckily, there are a few steps you can take to prevent your landscape from becoming an oasis for pests.

1. Don't over-mulch.

A two-inch layer of fresh mulch over damp soil can hold enough moisture for plants, but not enough to attract large numbers of insects.

2. Clean up the older stuff.

Remove the previous year’s mulch before applying a new layer.

3. Pull mulch away from the house.

Leaving a six-inch band of exposed soil around the foundation of your home creates a dry environment that is less conducive to pests.

These simple tips can get you on the right track to a pest free home. However, some insects may be attracted to your home for other reasons. If you do find ants, termites, or any other pests have taken up residence on your property this summer, call us to take care of all your pest control needs.

Share:

Most Recent Posts

5 Things to Know About Pest Damage Before Purchasing Your Home

As you're touring open houses and looking for the "must haves" of your dream home, one thing that...

The Top 3 Ways Professional Pest Control Can Help You Save This Summer

  When the weather heats up for the summer in Charlotte area, all kinds of pests that were dormant...

5 Guidelines: When to Hire a Pest Control Professional

Have you woken up in the night to scratching and squeaking noises? Do bugs congregate in your...

3 Things to Expect from the Thomas Pest Control Team

  When you hire a pest control company, you want more than just a guy with a sprayer. You want a...

How to Control Your Indoor Plants and the Pests that Come Along with Them

  Indoor plants offer natural beauty and better air quality to our homes, as well as the...

Click to get a personalized prevention plan for your home or property.