Is your Gainesville home attractive to pests? Florida is home to a large variety of bugs and wildlife that can damage your home, spread illness to your family, bite you, sting you, and drive you crazy. But there are some things that can be done to naturally deter pests from wanting to be in your yard, and in your house.
Moist soil or mulch around the foundation of your home is attractive to many pests. It invites subterranean termites to live in the soil and build mud tubes up the sides of your basement walls. Keep mulch 2 feet from your walls to make your home less inviting. You may also consider using crushed rock instead.
Moist soil is also appealing to centipedes, millipedes, beetles, and other bugs that live in the ground. If these bugs are allowed to live and thrive next to your basement walls, they will be tempted to exploit cracks and openings. Proper gutter and downspout maintenance can keep your perimeter from being wet. Make sure there are no obstructions and that water has free course to run down and away from your home.
Debris in your gutters can cause water to spill over and run down your walls and onto your deck or porch. Wet, soft wood becomes rotted wood. And, rotted wood is attractive to termites, carpenter ants, mice, rats, squirrels, silverfish, and other pests. If you have a rotted spot in the corner of a doorway, pests will be more than happy to make it bigger.
Moisture and wet spots on your lawn will allow mosquitoes to breed, and other pests to get a drink. Fill in areas where water collects and you will reduce pest activity.
If your yard is cluttered, you may be unwittingly putting out the welcome mat for pests. An old tire with a little rain water in it is an ecosystem for bugs. A cinder block is a den for spiders. Stacked wood construction materials are a high rise for ants, earwigs, and spiders. And a tarp laying on your lawn for more than two days is going to have a community of bugs living and breeding under it. If you remove the clutter from your yard, keep the grass cut, and don't let weeds run wild, your home will feel less like nature and more like a place pests don't feel comfortable living and making babies.
There are thousands of methods that make pests feel uncomfortable in your yard. Connect with a pest control company and learn how to naturally control pests on your property. Life is sweeter without pests. Give it a try.