5 Backyard Plant Pest and Insect Prevention Tips

It’s virtually impossible to stop insects and other pests from entering your yard unless you want to encapsulate your property in a hermetically sealed bubble of some sort. And even then, you’ll find that species like bees and earthworms perform important functions within your little ecosystem that keep your plants healthy and add to their longevity. That said, you don’t necessarily want to deal with the nuisance of ants, aphids, and other annoying pests that do more harm than good. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to prevent these insects from getting a toehold in your yard. Here are a few tips to help you prevent an incursion.

  1. Plants that deter insects. You might be surprised to learn that there are a number of plants that deter insects. Some are specific to a type of insect while others are abhorrent to multiple groups. So you may have to figure out what kind of pests you’re dealing with in order to pinpoint specific plants that they find distasteful, so to speak. But you could also go ahead and plant garlic, onions, lavender, mint, marigolds, and other plants that are well known to act as a natural repellent for several different species of insects.
  2. Plants that attract insects. Just as certain flora and fauna seem designed to keep insects at bay, there are also plants that are likely to attract certain insect. Roses, for example, seem to draw aphids like a magnet. Although you may be willing to deal with ongoing pest problems in order to have the beautiful plants you love in your yard, you can also consider banning certain plants that are known to result in insect infestations.
  3. Animal deterrents. Not all pests are of the insect variety. You may also find that you see an influx of wild animal activity in your yard when flowers are blooming and vegetables in the garden begin to mature. If you’d like to keep these animals away, there are a variety of methods you might employ to that end. Often the best way to stop animals from getting in is to erect fencing around areas you want to protect. But you might be surprised by just how tenacious some pests can be; jumping fences, burrowing under them, or knocking them down outright. In this case you can work a psychological angle, hanging shiny or noisy objects that will scare off animals or even spraying the perimeter with cat urine (obtained at your local nursery or online) that will make pests believe that predators are lurking in the area.
  4. Chemical pesticides. These days the use of chemical pesticides has become rather unfavorable, but there’s no denying they serve their purpose. And when used sparingly and in targeted doses, they should help to keep pests out of your yard and away from your plants without undue harm. You’ll just want to make sure you follow safety instructions so as to avoid any health hazards, particularly if you have pets or small children running around the contaminated area. Products like Raid and Powderpost Beetle Control Treatments and Spray are most effective and safest when you follow directions to the letter.
  5. Professional exterminator. When all else fails, it may be worth the money to hire a professional to address your pest problem. In some cases they’ll only be able to keep your issues in check (like if you have an ant problem in southern California – the whole area is a giant ant hill!). But they may be able to eradicate pests entirely, at least for a short time, and keep them away indefinitely with regularly scheduled treatments.

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