With COVID-19 causing people to spend more time at home, many of us are spending more time in our yards, enjoying them and caring for them. It is important to be aware of and correct landscape issues that increase pest problems in and around your home.
Mulching around a foundation may help keep down weeds, but it can also create moist conditions that attract pests. Whenever possible, replace woodbased mulches bordering your foundation with either gravel mulch, or rubber mulch made from old tires. Studies show thick mulches, even gravel mulches, keep the soil under them moist and more conducive to pests, so whatever mulch you use around your foundation, just use a thin layer. Also remove plants crawling up walls and limbs close to or touching your walls or roof.
Shrubs with foliage hugging the ground are good hiding places for rats and mice as they wander around at night. These should be pruned up off the ground. Areas in your yard that have weeds or high grass need to be cut down with a mower or weed-eater. Aphids and other sucking insects on outdoor plants attract and feed ants, and need to be controlled. Check your sprinklers to make sure they are not hitting the side of you home, increasing the moisture content in your walls and under your home.
Ground covers, especially ivy beds, are a particular problem next to or near the foundation because they provide cover for rodents, plus certain kinds of cockroaches and other pests. If you can remove or trim down groundcovers yearly to keep them low, it reduces hiding and breeding places.
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- On July 6, 2020
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