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Bug Free Backyard

No Standing Water

Water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes. A homeowner might not even notice a divot in the driveway where a small puddle of water gathers or an upside-down Frisbee that caught last night’s rain. However, even a tiny pool of water can become home to hundreds of mosquito larvae. That’s why it’s important to inspect your yard weekly for any standing water. Here are a few specific items to watch for:

  • Repair or replace any defective sections of gutters where water catches.
  • Rinse off any children’s and pets’ toys that have been abandoned in the yard.
  • Check for any problem spots in the yard or driveway that may sink a bit lower, and fill them to create an even surface.
  • Regularly empty and rinse out kiddie pools.
  • Keep all garbage and recycling containers covered and ensure no water gathers on the lids.
  • Verify that any planters are not gathering excess water.
  • Inspect your yard after a rainstorm to make sure all water is draining properly, and note any problem spots. Consult with a professional for pest control in Weymouth, MA, if you are unsure how to address any specific areas.

Care of Garbage and Recycling

It comes as no surprise that garbage and recycling containers are a favorite location for insects of all varieties. Move these containers to the periphery of the yard, away from the house. Be sure the lids fit securely so that insects can’t make their way in. While most people don’t think to rinse their garbage and recycling containers, doing so can keep food and sugary residue from building up, making the containers less attractive to pests. Rinse both the inside and outside of waste receptacles to keep them as tidy as possible.

Yard Maintenance

Keeping a tidy yard can minimize insect activity.

  • Trim tree limbs so that they don’t touch the house, garage, or any free-standing structure. Trees branches can act as a bridge for insects to travel. Disrupting that bridge will deter them from crawling on unwanted surfaces.
  • Maintain tidy shrubs and grasses. Insects love the cover of overgrown grasses and bushes. Not only does keeping shrubbery and grasses trimmed discourage insects from nesting there, but it also allows the homeowner to more easily view and address any problem areas.
  • Don’t store firewood on the ground. Keeping it on a raised platform will prevent termites, ants, and other insects from making the firewood their home.
  • Regularly rake leaves and clear your yard of debris. Insects love to burrow where it’s dark and damp, such as leaf piles in the yard.
  • Avoid using mulch close to your home’s foundation. Mulch retains moisture and invites insects. Instead, use a barrier like stone to deter insect nesting.
  • Install a bird feeder or birdbath. Birds feed on dragonflies, beetles, and other bugs, so attracting birds to your yard not only adds an element of beauty, but also helps minimize the presence of pesky insects.
  • Use plants to repel bugs. Mother Nature provides many natural pest repellents. Marigolds, chrysanthemums, and citronella grass are only 3 of the many decorative plants that deter insects. Mint, rosemary, garlic, and radishes are 4 plants that repel bugs and have a practical use in the kitchen as well.