Imagine going outside to enjoy your backyard and not having to worry about annoying bugs ruining your time. Living in Braselton, Georgia, that’s hard to do. Our mild climate makes our state an ideal place for a number of pests. Luckily, there are some steps you can take to mitigate the number of pests you encounter in your yard.
At Progressive Pest Control, we like to educate our community on pest prevention methods. Take a look at these helpful tips so that a pest problem doesn’t get out of hand.
Keep Gutters Unclogged
The job of your gutter system is to drain water away from your home and its foundation. When gutters get clogged from leaves and other debris, water can spill over and flood your yard and wash out flower beds below. It can even cause soil erosion around the foundation of your house. In Braselton, clogged gutters can be an attractive hiding spot for pests and rodents like mice, squirrels, and mosquitoes. Pests living in your gutters can gain entry to your home through damaged vents, rotting boards, or chimneys.
Trim Trees and Shrubs Away From Your House
As a rule of thumb, you want to keep your plants from touching the side of your house. Trees and shrubs can act as bridges for insects such as ants to find their way into your attic or crawl spaces. Branches can also encourage rodents like squirrels and mice to sneak onto your roof and into your attic. So take the time to quickly check and make sure nothing makes it easier for pests to get into your house.
Store Firewood Properly
It’s still that time of year in Braselton when we use our fireplaces to keep our houses warm on those chilly nights. But before you bring that firewood inside, keep this in mind; Firewood is a common hiding spot for many insects. Bringing firewood in your warm, cozy house, even for a few minutes, can be enough for insects to emerge and invade your home. Only bring in firewood if you intend to put it directly on the fire.
Keep Air Ducts Clean
Air ducts are a network that connects all the rooms of our house to the HVAC system. Air ducts are dark, dusty places that rarely, if ever, are seen by humans. For pests, air ducts are one of the safest places to hide and an easy way to access any room in your home. Pests like spiders, mice, and cockroaches, use air ducts to avoid detection. Air ducts aren’t just places where pests can hide. Over time they can fill with dust and toxins vented all-around your home when the furnace or AC is running.
Eliminate Standing Water
Keeping your yard free of mosquitoes is every Braselton homeowner’s dream. Yet, many homeowners don’t realize how easy it is to prevent mosquitoes in your yard. Walk around your yard after it rains, and you’ll be surprised at how many things can collect water and become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. This includes tires, pots, lawn furniture, or children’s toys. Of course, there are many reasons to keep standing water such as to water animals, a birdbath, or a rain barrel. For these, you will need a mosquito dunk. These dissolvable pellets kill mosquito larvae and prevent mosquitoes from reaching adulthood.
Aerate Your Yard
Over time our soils get compacted from foot traffic and thatch buildup. This creates a perfect environment for pests such as mole crickets. Mole crickets can do a great deal of damage to your lawn if you aren’t vigilant and catch them early. They are named mole crickets because they burrow under the sod with their menacing front claws. Their digging disturbs the grass and can cause brown patches.
Call the Professionals at Progressive Pest Control
Pest can be annoying and downright dangerous in some cases. At Progressive Pest Control, we can protect your home or business from a range of pests, from mice to cockroaches. Get your Braselton home or business’s yard fully protected this year by signing up for our residential pest control program or commercial pest control program.
At Progressive Pest Control, we stand behind every one of our products and services. We are so confident that you will be satisfied with our services that if you aren’t, we will come back out at no extra cost to you.
Our clients can get in touch with us at (706) 654-2730 or leave us a message on our site. Our clients can also keep up with us on our services and specials through social media pages like Facebook or our Twitter feed.