There is nothing quite as disgustingly irritating as seeing pests of any shapes or sizes scurry across your beautifully pruned lawn. Whilst rodents, insects, moles, squirrels and other pests can invade your garden at any time of the year, there are certain steps we can take to make life harder for a pesky pest in its quest to wreak havoc in our beloved gardens.
Take a look at some of the ways you can help prevent pests from invading your garden.
Keep Rubbish At Bay
There is nothing that rodents, such as rats and pests such as cockroaches, love more than rummaging round for decaying rubbish that has been left outside in the garden. The smell of food, whatever it may be, will attract rodents and pests, which will rapidly multiply in numbers unless the rubbish is dealt with accordingly and taken away.
This potential problem is easy to rectify or avoid by simply ensuring that all rubbish left outside your home is securely inside a sealed container that is impossible for any unwanted pests to enter.
Cover Up Compost
Similar to the irresistible odor of rotting food in unsealed bins floating into the air, the smells generated from unsealed compost heaps will inevitably attract pests and rodents. To avoid the likes of rats, mice, foxes and cockroaches congregating in your compost heap, take the sensible precaution of covering all compost up with a tightly sealed cover.
Trim Back Branches and Trees
Many insects live in the boughs and branches of trees and bushes and whilst this is not usually a problem if these insects are confined to our gardens, if they manage to make their way into our homes, it may become problematic.
You can limit the chances of tree-born insects making their way indoors by trimming back trees and bushes so that they are well away from the house, as overhanging branches that are in contact with the walls of houses is an open invitation for bugs galore.
Place Bird Feed in a Suitable Bird Feeder
Throwing the crusts of the children’s sandwiches and other unwanted food onto the lawn to feed the birds is just crying out to invite the likes of rats, foxes and pests into your garden. Instead of throwing food into the garden willy-nilly, place bird feed in a controlled feeder will ensure that only the birds reap your generosity and not every fox, squirrel, rat and mouse in the neighborhood!
Jessica Jones works as a pest controller and often uses supplies from turfland.co.uk to keep her garden pest free.