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How Pest Control Services Can Help You Enjoy Your Yard This SummerPosted June 16, 2022

From cookouts with friends to playing ball with the dog to games of tag with the kids… your yard is an outdoor extension of your home. Of course, you want it to look its best this summer, with healthy grass and pest-free plants.

Here’s how our pest control services can help keep your yard safe and healthy.

What Is Eating My Lawn?

When homeowners think of summer pest control, they usually think about the stinging or biting insects that can make spending time in the yard unpleasant… or even dangerous. In addition to the bugs that make meals of humans and pets, there are others that make a meal of our lawns and plants.

How Do I Treat My Yard For Bugs?

The most effective, convenient, and hassle-free way to keep your yard bug-free is to utilize the services of a licensed pest control company. These experts can determine what is “bugging” your yard… and which treatments will address the issue both safely and effectively.

Whether you choose to hire a professional pest control company (or to follow a do-it-yourself plan), be sure to research the treatments that will be used. Some are much safer than others – particularly if you have children, pets, or family members with allergies and/or chemical sensitivities.

Also, keep in mind the effect the treatments you choose will have on helpful pollinators like bees and butterflies.

How Do I Keep My Yard Pest Free?

Pest control treatments are only part of the battle against unwanted, destructive insects. You can help keep away ticks, mosquitoes, grubs, and more by making your yard less attractive to them.

The best thing you can do to reduce the number of insects in your yard is to keep it well-groomed. Don’t let your grass get too tall – long grass provides habitat and hiding places for bugs. Yard clutter, weeds, woodpiles, and accumulated trash also create places for pests to hide. It’s also important to eliminate standing water where mosquitoes might like to breed.

Long Island is home to many ground-dwelling insect species. Most cause no harm to your lawn, but there are some – like white grubs and chinch bugs – that feast on the roots and leaves of lawn grasses. Unfortunately, grubs are notorious lawn-chompers who feed on grass, roots, and leaves. If there are too many of these c-shaped larval beetles, they will cause brown patches in your yard that can be peeled up like a piece of detached sod. Chinch bugs feed on grass blades, causing them to first turn yellow and then brown.

These ground-dwelling insects, in turn, attract other pests that consider them tasty, including skunks. Talk to your lawn service about steps that can be taken to prevent lawn grubs, such as dethatching and aerating your grass. Also, avoid over-watering your lawn because grubs and cinch bugs need moisture to thrive.

To reduce the number of lawn grubs in your yard, dethatch and aerate your grass once a year (preferably in late spring or early summer). Avoid over-watering your lawn since grubs require moisture to thrive. Another way to decrease the lawn grub population is to attract the natural predators that consume them. Birds like blue jays, chickadees, and robins are well-known grub eaters!

For passive pest control, consider adding plants that repel insects and place them around areas like patios, play equipment, and lawn furniture. Some of these plants include lavender, mint, lemongrass, chrysanthemums, marigolds, petunias, and geraniums.

How Do I Get Rid Of Bugs Attracted To Lights?

After the sun goes down, insects are attracted to light sources around your home – porch fixtures, security lights, and decorative ground or string lights. If simply turning off all exterior lights is impractical, unsafe, or just plain undesirable… there are some varieties of lights that attract far fewer bugs than others.

Studies show that LEDs – especially yellow “bug lights” – are far less likely to draw insects to your yard than traditional incandescent lights. Swap out incandescent bulbs and string lights for warm-colored LEDs. As a bonus: LEDs last longer, contribute less to light pollution, and conserve electricity.

And, of course, professional pest treatments are an option. Having your yard treated for ticks, mosquitoes, and other pests are all ways to protect your family and home from further bug problems.

Fox Pest Control Can Get Your Yard Summer-Ready

At Fox Pest Control, we only use EPA-approved eco-friendly products that get the job done right. Our technicians are well-trained and use each product in accordance with its labeling and all state and federal regulations. Some select service areas even offer organic treatments. All our products are formulated and proven by the EPA to be the environmentally responsible choice for effective pest control.

To help get your yard ready for summer, contact Fox Pest Control for an inspection and consultation. For more information, call us today!

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