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5 Tips For A Pest-Free GardenPosted April 14, 2022

Spring is here, and you’re going to start using your yard more – whether it’s for gardening, hobbies, or cookouts. What you do now can make your backyard and, by extension, your house less attractive to pests.

Pest-Free Garden Tips

1. Clean up your property. You Spring clean your house. After winter, your property will need a Spring cleaning too. Rake any leaves that fell later in the year – or blew over from other yards. Clean up debris like broken branches and any paper or stray trash that might have drifted into corners of your yard. These areas can become hiding places for insects and rodents.

2. Trim shrubs and trees. Tree branches and shrubs that touch a house can act like a highway for insects to travel and then enter your home. Just make sure to look up the right time to trim your trees and shrubs based on their type. Most can be trimmed in Spring, but a few do better with a trim in the fall. Also, be sure to keep the area around their base clear of debris that pests could hide in.

3. Pick up fallen fruit and vegetables. Vegetable gardens and fruit trees are wonderful – and rodents agree. Check your plants regularly, harvest what’s ripe, and dispose of any that have fallen on the ground. Otherwise, they may attract flies, mice, or rats.

4. Clear the deck. Block access to the area under your deck so nothing can nest there. Monitor the area for paper wasp nests, hornet nests, and more. Even if your deck is raised, make sure the area underneath stays clear.

5. Seal tightly or avoid food. Don’t feed your pets outside (if possible). If it’s necessary, pick up their bowls as soon as they’re done so leftovers don’t attract flies or rats. It’s best not to store pet food or birdseed outside – but if you must keep it in a shed or such, make sure it’s in tightly sealed containers that rats can’t chew through.

Is It Normal to See a Rat in Your Garden?

“Normal” isn’t exactly the right term, but it’s not unusual to see rats in a garden. Rats are opportunistic so if they can find food, shelter, and water… rats will burrow and nest there.

This is why it’s so important to limit or eliminate what can attract rats. That includes making sure to clean up after your pets quickly after they do their business. Besides being a disturbing find… rats can carry mites, diseases, and parasites that are also a health risk to your family and pets.

Rodents and insects tend to actively dislike certain plants. As a result, if you like to garden, then growing pest-resistant plants like these may help:

  • Marigolds
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Rosemary
  • Peppermint
  • Lavender
  • Oregano
  • Cayenne
  • Sage

If you think you have a rodent or insect infestation of any kind, don’t wait. Get professional help to keep your family and pets safe and have peace of mind.

Fox Pest Control Keeps Your Home & Garden Pest Free

Spare yourself the stress and don’t risk the health of your family and pets. Whether you’ve seen one rat in your garden or a few signs that concern you, let the professionals at Fox Pest Control handle everything. To schedule an inspection or find out more about preventative treatments, contact us today.

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