Five Ways Your Landscaping Might be Inviting Pests

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( — May 12, 2016) — No RSVP Required – All Pests Invited. Your landscaping speaks volumes, although silently, to pests like flies, bees, fleas and ticks. There are five ways your landscaping might be inviting pests. These include:

1. Untrimmed shrubbery

2. Unpruned trees

3. Overgrown grass

4. Standing water in small ponds and fountains

5. Moldering leaves collecting in piles

 Untrimmed Shrubbery – Havens for Ticks and Bees

Spring is the best time of the year to inspect your landscaping. Start with shrubbery that may appear a bit “untamed.” Certain types of shrubs and bushes attract ticks while flowering shrubbery attracts bees. When shrubbery foliage grows dense, trim it back to reduce density and avert tick and bee infestations.

Unpruned Trees

In many landscape designs, tall and moderately tall trees attract a variety of pests like Gypsy moths whose large cocoons filled with larvae are quite a nuisance and cause massive damage to foliage and limbs. Squirrels are also pests who have a fancy for trees, especially fruit and nut trees. Insects like bees and ticks are also attracted to the foliage on trees. Inspect trees frequently for signs of pest damage

Overgrown Grass

It may come as a surprise to many property owners that their landscape can attract a wider variety of pests. This occurs when lawns become overgrown with high grass. High grass attracts rabbits and deer when the property is in proximity to a wooded area. High grass is also a breeding ground for mosquitoes and ticks and the hiding place for the common garden snake. Keep lawns mowed to one inch from the soil.

Standing Water in Small Ponds and Fountains

Those pretty designer ponds and sculptured water fountains are a favorite breeding place for mosquitoes. This occurs when the water is allowed to stand for longer than 48 hours. Mosquitoes are especially attracted to stagnated water where they deposit their larvae and increase their population. For backyard swimming pools, water should be circulated frequently to avoid attracting mosquitoes.

Moldering Leaves Collecting in Piles

There are two species of insects who favor wet, moldering leaves: mosquitoes and fleas. Both of these types of insects need warm, moist places to breed. In their dry state, piles of leaves also make convenient places for chipmunks, gophers and possums to nest.

Other Landscaping Infestations

As soon as the first warm temperatures of summer begin, your landscape may also invite another type of pest: ants. Ants build nests that are usually visible as small “piles” of soil. The nest contains eggs that will be hatched if left undisturbed. Ants are often carried indoors on clothing and shoes or by pets.

Moles can make a beautifully landscaped lot look like a war zone. These are burrowing pests who tunnel beneath the soil to feast on your flowering roots and bulbs. You are more likely to notice an elevated above ground trail of mounded soil before you notice that your flowers have suddenly begun to droop or produce less blooms than before.

Much to Do About Pests

The value of your landscape depends on the cost to keep it looking attractive. Part of the upkeep of landscaping should include pest control as a preventative, rather than as a remediation of a pest problem. Pest control professionals like UltraPro Pest Protection are trained to spot potential problems that can save property owners from the ordeal of getting rid of pests. Should pests become a problem, these experts provide an inspection, recommendations for treatment and actual treatment procedures using pest repellent products that are safe for both humans and pets. Have your pest control professional arrange for regular inspections in spring and summer to keep pests away from your landscape


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