Insects and pests can cause huge issues for homeowners. They are often challenging to get rid of, can cause destruction, and some are even dangerous to you or your pets.
Many different types of critters could be plaguing your yard. The first step is identifying what kind of pest problem you have. Once you know the pest infestation you’re dealing with, it is easier to develop an appropriate solution for eliminating them from your property.
Identifying the Pests in Your Yard
Depending on where you live, you may have problems with a variety of different insects or rodents. Some of the most common pests our Ortex service technicians find outside homes in Tennessee and Alabama include:
These insects create a nuisance when they get into your home. Ants typically feed on the sweet plants, but if there is no food source available in your yard, you may see them inside searching for something to eat. The smallest crumb can be enough for ants to find their way inside your home.
While most spiders are not harmful, they are unsightly, and some can bite, causing significant discomfort or pain. They most enjoy living around yards that have a lot of insects for them to eat. An increase in spiders around your home may be a sign that you have other insect problems as well.
Roaches are a dreadful sight to many homeowners and, worst of all, can carry disease. They’re typically more attracted to dirty areas where food is readily available, and they thrive in damp environments. If there are any decaying plants or open trash cans in your yard, this may be what’s attracting them.
Flea infestations can be a year-round problem, but they’re most common during the spring and summer months. They are carried into your yard by other animals and may be found in areas with tall grass and stagnant water.
Termites are attracted to any cellulose material, including paper and firewood. You can typically spot a termite problem if you notice wood damage, tunnels, or shed wings. If left untreated, they can do significant, costly damage to your home.
Eliminating Unwanted Pests from Outside Your Home
Once identified which pest is infesting your yard, you’ll want to determine which solutions would be most effective at eliminating them.
Standard methods for pest control include sprays, repellants, and traps. The best treatments for most insects include direct pest control, such as sprays taken directly to the pests. Another option is traps that lure them into a container commonly used for ants and rodents.
You can locate all of these treatments at the local hardware store. There are also many home remedies for eliminating critters that you likely already have in your pantry. While these methods can be effective, consulting a professional pest control service is the best option for severe infestations or stubborn pests.
If you decide to use pest control sprays yourself, make sure you spray all surfaces and do so in the evening when most insects are active for the best results. Also, be careful not to spray too close to plants you want to keep, as they can also kill beneficial bugs.
Here are some precautions you can take to deter pest infestations in your yard:
- Remove attractants such as woodpiles, leaf piles, weeds, and fallen fruit.
- Cover any exposed soil in your garden with rubber mulch to further protect it from pest damage.
- Seal any outside garbage cans.
- Keep insects from entering your home by sealing cracks and trimming any trees or bushes growing against the house.
There are many additional steps you can take to ensure that you’re not attracting pests.
Professional Pest Control Solutions
Depending on the severity, home remedies and store pest control sprays might not always do that trick. If you find that’s the case, our expert service technicians at Ortex Termite & Pest Control can help eliminate those unwanted guests from your yard.
We offer pest control solutions for all unwanted insects you’ll find in your yard, including ants, spiders, mice, roaches, fleas, termites, and more. We’ll get rid of pests outside your home by using only high-quality, EPA-cleared treatment solutions for your backyard. Contact Ortex Termite & Pest Control today at 931-347-1929 for a free estimate.