1. Locate your vegetable garden 20 feet, or as far as possible from your house:
• Fruit & vegetables attract insects and wildlife;
• Source of food
2. Don’t over-water plants!
• Water attracts insects e.g. “Fungus gnats”
• Termites – high demand for moisture and water
• Let soil dry out
3. Clean your gutters
• Water backup causes damage that creates EASY ENTRY for carpenter ants
• Position downspouts to move water away from house
4. Attract “beneficial bugs” to your garden
• ground beetles eat caterpillars, not plants
• dragonflies feed on mosquitoes
• parasitic wasps prey on tomato hornworms
• beneficials liked plants with tiny flowers: members of the mint, carrot and aster families, sedums and alyssums.
5. Plant a variety of plants and know how they impact wildlife
• Chrysanthemums are a natural repellant to deer
• Deer have good noses and do not like plants with strong scents or flavors (Spices)
• Butterfly Bushes attract butterflies but also attract Carpenter Bees
6. Trim hedges and bushes two-feet away from the house
• Allows air-flow and sunlight to dry out soil
• Cuts off a physical avenue to your home: ants and stink bugs
7. Eliminate soil- or mulch-to-wood contact
• Do Not put soil or mulch right up to side of home
• Wet wood is conducive to carpenter ants and termites
• Don’t over-mulch!
8. Carefully remove empty birds nests from trees and bushes
• Attracts bird mites that first eat the nest… then attack your home
• Attracts other pests and animals
• Be careful to make sure nest is empty
• Be careful using a ladder going into trees
9. Pick up after your dog in your yard
• Dog feces attracts all kind of pests: Flies; Mosquitoes; Rat!
• It spreads disease
• It gets stuck in your gardening shoes
10. No standing water in your yard;
• Circulate water in ponds: Attracts mosquitoes; termites; critters
• You name it… water attracts it.
About the Author
B.S. Entomology and Applied Ecology
Concentration in Wildlife Conservation
Univ. of Delaware, College of Agriculture Conducted bird surveys for DE & PA Taught conservation classes in Hawaii
Jess is an Entomologist and Certified Pest Professional at Royal Pest Management.
1-800-ROYAL-PEST (800-769-2573) www.royalpest.com
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