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Our Newsletter: July, 2015

Keeping Household and Outside Pests at Bay

By Richard Patrick of LazrWeb Services | June 6th, 2015


Standing Water

Everyone knows that standing water is a huge problem in the war against pesky insects, as it is the number one ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes that can carry the West Nile virus.


Gutters

Check and clean out all your gutters and make sure they are clean and that water can flow easily out the downspouts. Check around your yard for sunken areas in the yard that can fill with water and fill them in with dirt so water cant pond there. Do not leave water for any lengthy amount of time in a kiddie pool either. Change out the water almost daily in any bird bath to prevent mosquitoes from breeding in them.


Garbage Cans and Recycle Bins

Garbage cans and recycling bins unfortunately present a favorable breeding ground for flies. Common ants really go for the left over residues in your garbage cans. To prevent flies from breeding, make sure your trash and recycling cans contain bagged garbage and are covered properly. Keep those cans away from where you and your guests reside.


Barbecues and Picnics

Backyard barbecues and picnics and are a summertime favorite. To keep the four or six-legged pests far away from your affair, keep food cold properly or even iced and all hot food covered while entertaining.


Backyard Bats

Typically, a single bat eats 6,000 to 8,000 insects in one night, so they are in alliance with you in helping to keep the tide of bugs and other pesky pests away from you, your family and your guests.

Encourage the bat population in your yard by building a bat house, or several around the yard if you have the space and be delighted to see them diving throughout your yard in the early evening.


Birds

Birds also do their part in devouring annoying bugs around your home so they are your friends that also help with pest control. Most local birds eat a diet of insects, berries and seeds. Invite more birds to your yard by planting shrubs with plenty of branches for them to hide in and small trees for them to roost. Check the local garden center for a birdbath and/or fountain for them, and place a bird feeder out to support these friends to call on you often and take up residence in your yard.


Other Problem Areas

Overgrown weeds and shrubs provide breeding habitats and hiding areas for a number of problem insects. Make sure to keep your landscaping orderly, and be sure to cut any tall grass, prune brushes, shrubs and weeds all around your backyard and property.


DIY Bug Trap

A DIY bug trap is an easy to make device to fight backyard bugs. Instructions: Use an clean and empty 2 liter soda bottle, cut the top off right where it meets the wide bottle section. Invert the spout part into the remaining bottle it so that the spout points back down into the bottle. Seal the joint with tape, then fill with a solution that will attract the type of insect you are hoping to catch.

If you know you're having a bunch of people over, you can pre-treat your yard the night before with an off-the-shelf spray. OFF! Bug Control Backyard Pre-treat and Cutter Backyard Bug Control both connect to a garden hose and can cover a 16,000-square-foot area. It will kill and repel insects for up to eight weeks. These and a few others are available at Amazon; for around $10.


Bug Repellent Landscaping

While planning your yard landscaping, add in some bug-repellent plant varieties. Lavender, marigold, chrysanthemum and lemongrass, among others, are all known to discourage a multitude of insects from mosquitoes to aphids.

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