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How to Protect My Family from Backyard PestsPosted June 16, 2022

Summer means backyard barbecues, kids playing outdoors, casual hangouts, pool activities, and more. But it’s hard to enjoy yourself if bugs are biting you and your family.

What Is Living in My Yard?

Your lawn and backyard may look serene and peaceful, but a variety of insects and rodents could cause problems – or even be dangerous. Some are hard to spot because of their tiny size, like disease-carrying ticks.

Others – like rats – are nocturnal, but the holes they dig can cause tripping hazards… in addition to rats being carriers for mites, ticks, and other parasites. In general, the typical backyard can be the home to a wide variety of beetles, lawn grubs, wasps, ants, mosquitoes, and more.

What Are the Worst Garden Pests?

Mosquitoes are the most noticeable since they are frequently the bane of any outside activity. As bad as the itching from mosquito bites can be, mosquitoes can also carry a range of diseases like Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), West Nile virus, and a variety of others.

Wasp stings are generally less frequent than mosquito bites but just as potentially dangerous or more. This is especially true if a person is allergic! Wasps can be aggressive when threatened… as well as when their food sources start to diminish in late summer. That can make backyard cookouts in August very attractive for wasps with all the food available – especially sweet sodas, melted ice cream, frozen treats, and other sugary desserts.

Similarly, yellow jackets will also be attracted to barbecues and other outdoor events featuring both protein and sugary foods/drinks. Hornets can sting multiple times and will be aggressive if anyone gets too close to their nest. However, both yellow jackets and hornets are beneficial to gardeners because they will eat beetles, flies, aphids, cabbage worms, and more.

Ticks used to be a threat for hikers and campers mainly but are increasingly invading suburban yards and lawns. As with mosquitoes, the biggest danger with ticks is the diseases they carry – such as Lyme disease.

How Do You Get Rid of Pests in Your Yard?

Preventing and getting rid of backyard pests requires a multi-prong approach that boils down to one concept – making your home unattractive to pests. That means removing potential food sources, eliminating places they can hide, and getting rid of other things that attract them.

One way to do this includes keeping grass cut short. This deters hiding places for bugs and makes rodent holes easier to spot. Be sure to keep trash tightly sealed and get rid of – or properly maintain – any standing water that mosquitoes could use to lay eggs.

Insect treatment is also a valuable tool in protecting your family from backyard pests. A consultation with professionals, like our expert technicians at Fox Pest Control, is the best way to determine what risks your backyard holds and the best way to treat them.

Fox Pest Control Can Help Protect Your Family & Yard

Enjoy your backyard instead of stressing over it. Fox Pest Control can provide the peace of mind you need. Contact us about pest inspections and treatment so you can enjoy your backyard this summer without worrying about bugs and rodents. Fox is here for all your pest control and prevention needs. To get started, contact us today.

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