Lawn and Home Pest Control

Lawn and home pest control is an important part of keeping your lawn looking good and your home free of unwanted visitors. See our articles on moles, tent worms, Japanese beetles and deer for guidelines on dealing with those pests.
There are other pests that can do damage to your yard and may even want to get into your home. These critters include raccoons, skunks, ground squirrels, red squirrels and house flies.

Here are methods for keeping these pests out of your yard if possible, and certainly out of your house or shed.

Store Garbage Securely

Having open garbage containers outside will attract a host of unwanted pests, especially raccoons, skunks, feral cats, rats and house flies. Store your garbage in a secure bin inside your garage or a secure shed. Arrange for weekly trash pickup, especially in warm months when garbage will rot quickly and attract the wrong kind of guests.

Compost Far from your House

Composting is a great way to turn food scraps into nourishment for your lawn and garden. However, it will attract flies, mice and other critters. Place your compost bin far from your home. If you’re using a pile instead of a bin, enclose it with wire fencing to keep out skunks and raccoons. Don’t put meat in your compost – it will smell bad and attract more pests than anything else will.

Store Wood Away from the House

Mice and red squirrels love wood piles. If they are near the house, mice and squirrels will next explore ways to get inside your home. Stack your wood at least 100 feet from your home.

Fence your Garden

Many types of pests love fresh fruits and veggies. Pick everything that is ripe every day or every other day. Construct a fence at least 3 feet high – 6 feet high for deer – if you want don’t want to share your fresh produce with the neighborhood wildlife.

If gophers or groundhogs are common where you live, you may want to sink your fencing at least 3 feet into the ground to deter these diggers from burrowing underneath to get at your garden goodies. If gophers do start digging in your yard, flood their tunnels and take immediate action to get rid of them.

Remove Habitat

When you eliminate places these critters live, you’ll help to get rid of them. Keep your entire lawn cut, even in ditches. Haul away yard waste rather than throwing it onto a brush pile.

While you can’t keep all pests out of your lawn or home, taking these proactive steps will greatly reduce the occurrence of critters that do damage to your yard and threaten to invade your home.


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