There are plenty of pests to deal with in the greater Atlanta area year round, but our relatively warm fall months can make matters worse. Seasonal pests like brown-marmorated stink bugs and kudzu bugs can invade homes and business in the fall. While these fall pests can be a pain, thankfully there are lots of simple lawn care tips to keep pests away.
- Start by trimming trees and shrubs to keep them from touching your home or business. When plants are touching a building, they create natural pathways or bridges, giving spiders, ants, and other creepy crawlies an easier route inside. Ideally, the areas around foundation walls should be keep completely free of vegetation.
- Eliminate dense foliage. Dense foliage can make pest control products less effective. Dense foliage also tends to trap moisture, creating environmental conditions that many pests thrive in.
- Limit your mulch thickness. Much like dense foliage, thick mulch can trap moisture, thereby creating a fungal food source, as well as providing shelter for a variety of pests. Mulch should only be deep enough to meet the soil moisture requirements of your plants.
- Clean your gutters. Make sure to clean your gutters of all fallen debris. Water trapped in gutters breeds bugs, which in turn attracts predators such as spiders and scorpions.
- Eliminate outdoor food sources. Vegetative matter (such as yard clippings), birdseed, and garbage cans without a tight seal can all lead to an infestations. Make sure yard clippings are properly composted or disposed of, and that all outdoor garbage is in a tightly sealed container, stored well away from building entrances such as doors and windows.
Unfortunately, even with these lawn care tips to control pests, there’s no way to completely pest-proof your home and lawn against all of the potential pests that call Georgia home. If you find yourself with unwanted visitors, it’s time to contact a Northeast Atlanta pest control service you can trust. Call Progressive Pest Control at (770) 791- 0055 for all of your pest control needs!