Your home and your gardens outside are great hiding places for bugs, rodents, and other pests, but a little preventive maintenance, you can keep the critters out.
Keeping the Pests Out of the House
Insects, spiders, and rodents are not something you want in your home. There are a lot of options that you can try to keep them out, but the most effective is to have a professional pest control company come and treat your home for you. You can set up a regular treatment plan to keep the home pest free, and you may be able to have them help you treat the outside as well.
Keeping the Pests Out of Your Flower Beds
If you are having trouble with outside pests, you may need to treat the area around the beds or put out traps for the animals coming into the beds. You do not want to kill all the insects in your flower beds because some of them are beneficial, but if you have animals that are digging holes or damaging your flowers, you need to keep them out.
Placing some natural barriers around your flower beds can keep some animals out and keep the garden healthy. There are plants that specific animals do not like and act as a natural repellent. Allium, Daffodils, Grape Hyacinth, and scilla bulbs are all good for keeping rodents out because they do not like them. Plant these bulbs along the edge and other plants behind them to create a deterrent in your beds.
Fencing the Beds
Another option you may want to consider is adding fencing around the beds, or placing some chicken wire over the bulbs in the soil. The idea is to keep animals or rodents from digging up the plants, so if you use chicken wire, you can stake it down, or if you choose a small fence, make sure it is securely in the ground so it is not easily pushed over.
Spraying the Beds
If you have a pest control company that you are working with to treat your home, you may want to discuss an outdoor treatment plan for your home as well. Talk to the pest control company about what animals you are having problems with so they can suggest a plan that will help keep the animals out. If the pests are small rodents, traps may be enough, but if you have larger animals digging in the area, the pest control company might need to put down a chemical barrier that will keep the animals from crossing it.
For more information, reach out to a pest control service near you.