There’s nothing quite like the feeling of spending time in your yard. Feeling the kiss of warm sunshine on your face and a light breeze touching your back might be your own definition of heaven. But those Zen-like feelings can be brought to a screeching halt if pests overtake your little slice of heaven. To keep your yard to yourself–and those unwanted critters at bay–here are some hints on natural pest control for your yard.
5 Smart Tips for Natural Pest Control
Build Bat Boxes
Some people think I’m crazy when I suggest installing bats. After all, bats strike terror into the hearts of many. However, bats are a great way to control the local mosquito population.
I live in North Carolina. Here, we have a moist and hot climate all summer long. Thus, we grow mosquitoes the size of hummingbirds. I can’t step foot outside my screened porch without being swarmed. Enter the bats.
Bats are active in the evenings when the mosquitoes are buzzing. They eat a diet of insects. Their favorite treat is the mosquito. They will eat them all night long, keeping the population in check.
Install bat boxes to give them a safe place to “hang out” all day, and by night they will begin to patrol your yard and rid it of those buzzing pests.
Invest in Chickens
Everyone knows that chickens can provide you with nutritious eggs and lean meat. That’s why most people keep chickens.
Did you know that they can also help you control pests? In particular, chickens love to eat protein-packed bugs like flies, crickets, and grasshoppers.
In addition, they seem to have a keen zest for their favorite snack–ticks. Keeping chickens can help keep your yard rid of ticks to help keep those disease-spreading bloodsuckers out from under your skin. Literally!
Keep the Squirrels at Bay
Squirrels are so cute that most people don’t think of them as a pest. They scamper around the yard collecting nuts and chasing each other. But they can also cause damage to your home.
This is because squirrels love to nest in your gutters. Squirrels try to nest in a place that’s high enough to be safe from ground predators but still maintain protection from birds of prey. Your gutters make the ideal space as the eaves of your home keep them safe from above and even the agilest cat can’t jump that high!
Once squirrels (or mice and birds, for that matter) have built a nest in your gutters, they can’t drain properly. This creates water backups that cause damage to your roof. Instead of trapping these pests, block them out by installing gutter guards. This allows water to enter while your friends from the forest are neatly blocked out.
Install an Owl Nesting Box
In addition to squirrels, other rodents can cause big problems in your yard and home. Moles can tunnel around your yard making your fastidious landscaping projects look messy. Mice will make every effort to wiggle through teeny cracks to invade your pantry and leave trails of messy mouse poop as a thank you note for the nice meal.
One solution is to try to attract a barn owl. Barn owls are voracious eaters who will consume up to 15 rodents each day. Unlike rodent poisons, you don’t need to worry about them getting into your walls to die!
Store Seeds and Feeds Securely
Look around your shed or barn. Do you see open bags of bird seed or pet seed? I know that I’m guilty of this occasionally, myself! While it’s fun to attract birds to your backyard and keep cats in the barn, keep their foods well-contained.
An easy solution is to purchase large trash cans with tight lids and locking handles. Eliminating the food source squashes the curiosity of mice, rats, and insects alike.
In summary, look for creative solutions that allow you to make your outdoor spaces more enjoyable for you, the human! You don’t need to resort to poisons that can harm your pets or children or the cruelty of traps. Using natural pest control is the best method for dealing with them.
Author Bio: Randy Schreiber is the owner of GutterBrush. With extensive experience in the home services industry, Randy enjoys sharing common sense home maintenance tips through blogging.