Many homeowners take pride in their yard or garden. So it can be a sinking feeling when you realize that your property is under invasion by unwanted pests. Whether it's insects or something larger like squirrels, pests can wreak havoc on your property and quickly undo all of the hard work you put into your landscaping. If things appear to be getting out of control, it might be time to call a pest control service. But if you still want to try and handle the problem yourself, here are 3 tips you can try that will hopefully encourage your unwanted guests to find another yard to pick on.
Just Add Soap
If you're problem is mostly insect-related, consider adding a touch of soap to the water the next time you water your yard or garden. You don't want to drown your greenery in it, but the acids in soap are harmful to insects and can actually kill them. A soapy spray can help get rid of pests like mites and aphids.
If your pests are a bit larger and you want them to find something else to chew on, you can again try a bit of soap but in this case you might need something stronger. Create a spray with one ounce of hot pepper sauce and don't get wimpy with the flavoring, get the hottest one you can buy. Consider adding a bulb of garlic or a bit of vinegar and you'll soon have a concoction that will leave your pests feeling queasy. Spray it on the plants or a targeted area of your lawn where you know the pests are likely to strike.
Most gardening stores will sell some traps that you can set up on your own. These traps usually use vegetables or maybe even a bit of the very plants the pests were targeting in your garden as bait. Live traps usually use a spring-loaded door that will lock the pest in once it takes the bait. Because you'll be catching the pest alive, you'll want to be careful and humane about how you dispose of it of course.
If your garden or yard is under attack by pests, there are a few home remedies you can try before calling the pest control service. If the issue is mostly insects, just a bit of soapy water on the plants may do the trick. If you need something stronger, a mixture of hot pepper and vinegar can work wonders. If the pests are bigger, like rabbits or squirrels, you may want to invest in some live traps that you can find at the local gardening shop. Contact a business, such as Albemarle Termite & Pest Control, for more information.