Garden Go-To’s: 4 DIY Methods to Keep Your Backyard Beautiful

Maintaining A Beautiful Backyard

phoenix garden bugsWe all love to spend time in the summer months just lounging in our yards and enjoying the beautiful nights and days that summer has to offer. Keeping our yards pest free and our backyards beautiful can sometimes be a challenge. We could all use a little help and a few suggestions that can make our lives a little simpler and easier. Here are a few tips from local Valley and metro Phoenix pest control experts serving Phoenix, Tempe, Mesa and Scottsdale that can help you achieve those goals! Let’s look at some DIY and natural suggestions to implement in your backyard:

    1. Herbs: There are many herbs that can naturally repel mosquitos. By planting herbs around your deck and porch you can cut down on those pesky Arizona Mosquitos naturally!  We have all heard of citronella, but there are many other more natural options such as onion, thyme, lavender, peppermint, basil, lemongrass, garlic, and eucalyptus.  Even marigolds can deter pesky bugs. With this helpful tip, you can not only grow your own herbs to control mosquitos around your home and backyard, but you can also always have delicious fresh herbs available for your cooking!
    1. Water: Look for any place in your yard that might gather or tap water. These areas could include kiddie pools, uneven sidewalks or gutters, flower pots, or even buckets that we have left outside and forgotten about. Mosquitos, especially, love standing water, which is where they lay their eggs. For those of you who love your birdbaths and garden water features, you can decrease the bug attraction by adding a small water pump, which will agitate and keep the water surface in constant motion. This will discourage mosquitos from landing there and laying any eggs.
    2. Garbage: Flies and ants love sugary residues and rotting garbage. A simple way you can try to keep pests away from you while enjoying your yard is to keep your trash and recyclables as far away from your house, patio and yard as possible.  Make sure that all of these containers have lids that fit tightly and there aren’t any spills around the container area. Your local metro Phoenix pest control expert can also be of service if you decide certain areas around your home need to be sprayed. Phoenix, Tempe, and Scottsdale pest control technicians are experienced in keeping your home and property safe and pest-free.
    3. Ladybugs: Since the 1800’s, farmers have written about cases of orchards, fruit groves and crops being saved by Ladybugs! Ladybugs came to the rescue by actually eating the harmful bugs that eat and destroy crops and orchards. By doing so, ladybugs have often saved farmers from losing all their crops and fruits. Soon, ladybug farmers popped up and raising ladybugs became a very big business.  Farmers all around the country began buying and using ladybugs to control pests on their farms. Today, you can buy ladybugs in smaller amounts and actually release them into your own garden, so you can have healthy plants without pests, and without using harmful store-bought pesticides. You can purchase ladybugs at your local garden center, nursery or order them online. By getting some of these pretty bugs, you can do your garden a lot of good the natural way.

    Note: There are other things you can do to keep your backyard beautiful like pruning trees, adding solar lights or adding some DIY-decorations.
    You can check out resources online to help you achieve the backyard of your dreams!

    As always, call your Phoenix pest control expert, should you have any questions about keeping your home and backyard beautiful and pest-free in a way that is safe for your family and pets. Happy summer!


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