September 23rd, 2013 | Published in Uncategorized
Many people think about doing outdoor pest control in the spring since that’s when many of the bugs come out of hibernation and start to multiply.However, it’s important to do some outdoor pest control in the autumn, too, because this is when bugs and other creatures start looking for warm places to live during the cold months.Your home is a prime target, as are any garden sheds and other outdoor storage areas.You’ll want to take a few precautions during the early fall to make certain you aren’t sharing your warm home with all manners of pests this winter.
Remove Breeding Areas
Bugs love to live in tall grass, weeds, and other areas that haven’t been kept up.To prevent a large insect population in your area, be sure to keep your yard mowed fairly low and your gardens weeded and maintained. Remove any dead plants and, if possible, wait to put down your winter mulch until after the first freeze so that many insects will be dead.
Keep Your Garden Shed Clean
If insects can’t get in your house, they will go for the next best thing: your garden shed. According to Garden Buildings Direct, to prevent this, keep the area clean.Sweep out any dirt and other debris from your shed at least once a year.Also tidy it up and don’t leave them any areas to nest in.Remember that most insects like to be low to the ground, so if you’re going to be storing a lot of boxes, think about investing in some shelves.Another trick is to rearrange your boxes and storage bins on a regular basis so as to disturb them.
Spray Around your House
If you have had bad pest issues during the winter or expect to have them this year, you may consider spraying an insecticide around the outside of your home, especially around doors and windows.You can buy many different sprays that you can apply to the lower part of your home.If you don’t want to use harsh chemicals, you can purchase some organic insect repellant.Many of these products can be used directly on your garden and flower beds to help drive insects from them.
Think about Where your Garden is Located
Because insects and other pests are going to live in your garden no matter how well you maintain it (even the best gardens have a few bugs), think about its location.If your garden is right up against the side of your house, you’ve made it very easy for these insects to get inside.Put your garden and, ideally, any flowerbeds at least a foot or two from your home, especially from any windows or doors.This creates a bit of a buffer area which, if sprayed, can keep pests away from your home during the autumn and prevent them from staying throughout the winter.
Identify and Control Any Indoor Pests
Keep an eye out for any bugs, rodents, and other pests inside your home during the fall.If you see any, immediately set to work exterminating or catching and releasing them (in regards to mice and other creatures you may not want to outright kill).Put a stop to them as soon as you can so they don’t have time to settle in.
Author Bio: Scott Barber is an accomplished do-it-yourselfer from Newark-On-Trent who loves constructing Garden Buildings for his friends and family. He also enjoys sharing his knowledge with others about his experiences building Garden Sheds, Log Cabins, Playhouses, Summerhouses, Wooden Sheds & More.