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How to get rid of garden pests

Posted on Feb 13, 2017

There is a wide variety of garden pests that can cause problems if you do not get rid of them. You could be subjected to bites or stings or the pests could cause damage to your property. The good news is that there are several options available to you when it comes to getting rid of the pests that are present in your garden.

In many cases, you do not need to seek expert help if you have a pest problem in your garden; although there may be times when you do. In this article, we are going to take a look at the types of garden pest you may encounter and what you can do to try and reduce the number of pests in the garden. We are also going to explain when it might be a good idea to call in the experts.

Types of garden pest

You will come into contact with many different types of creature in your garden. Some, like spiders, can be friend and foe. Some spiders are venomous so can be dangerous to come across. On the other hand, spiders eat many other garden pests so can be very beneficial to your outside space.

Let’s take a look at some other pests which do not have the same beneficial aspect to them.

One of the biggest pest groups you will find in your outside space is insects. This group of pests includes aphids which attack garden plants, wasps which can give a nasty sting and termites which can eventually cause significant structural damage to your property.

Rodents are also a familiar garden pest. Rats and mice will often gnaw away at garden fences or sheds. People are also vulnerable to diseases which are spread through rat urine and faeces.

How to reduce the number of pests in your garden

  • There are methods you can employ to help get rid of the pests in your garden. Here are some of the actions you should take:
  • Get rid of old tree stumps and any rotting wood.
  • Make sure that fences and sheds are kept in good repair and protected from the elements.
  • Keep compost in a protected area.
  • Make sure there is no standing water that is left to stagnate.
  • Make sure that all rubbish bins are kept with their lids on.

You may not realise that certain plants can also be helpful when it comes to protecting your garden against pests. Plants such as basil, coriander, catnip and thyme all repel insects.

These tips should help you get rid of some of the pests from your outside space. However, if you suspect that you have pests such as termites on your property you may want to seek help from a Suffolk County exterminator. Pests like termites can cause a considerable amount of damage if they are not dealt with effectively so you need to take prompt and appropriate action.

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