As the spring and summer months approach each year most of us eagerly await being able to enjoy spending time in the yard. Yet while we look forward to the beautiful new blooms and lush growth, these also attract the one thing many of us dread: pests. Fortunately there are many ways to deal with them that don’t include sprays, traps, or much effort. So here are some of the top nature-friendly pest control methods you’ll want to consider.
One of the most overlooked forms of pest control are natural repellents made by Mother Nature herself. Many different plant varieties are known for keeping specific pests away from the garden. For instance, when planted in the garden mint will help to keep biting insects away.
Marigolds are often used to repel not just mosquitoes but also those hungry aphids which target new plant growth. While most pest-repelling plants help to keep insects away some can work with larger pests as well. Cats for example will steer clear of lavender as they dislike the scent.
Another overlooked natural way to go, particularly for getting rid of certain plant-damaging insects, is to wage war against them using their natural enemies. By purchasing helpful insect species which prey on them, you can leave the battle to the bugs instead of using harmful chemical sprays.
Ladybugs and lacewings are two such predatory insects that have a voracious appetite and can be purchased at local garden centers or on the internet. While ladybugs are usually available as adults, lacewings on the other hand are typically purchased as eggs which are waiting to hatch or in their larval stage.
While it may sound strange to the uninformed, bats are actually one of the best natural pest control options in the world. They are devastatingly effective on insects such as mosquitoes. And many bat species will eat several thousand insects per night each which quickly adds up when you have a resident bat population on your property.
However you will need to purchase a bat house first. Remember though that you can’t actually purchase the bats themselves. So you’ll need to make sure it is installed in an area that is to their liking to help entice them to move in.
Motion Sensor Options
There are a range of motions sensor pest control options as well. These work by startling the pests with a specific type of stimulus when they trigger the motions sensor as they enter into your yard. They are won’t cause the pests any harm and can be very efficient. Some models are designed to emit a blast of ultrasonic sound that is inaudible to the human ear yet is extremely annoying to specific pest species.
Other units may spray water when triggered to scare off pests. Simple motion sensor lights which turn on when movement is detected are sometimes enough to scare off unwanted animal visitors and can also work to spook human thieves as well.
One of the simplest and most effective methods for keeping unwanted pests out of your yard is using decoys which are made to look like various predators. Both owls and hawks are very popular options especially for scaring away squirrels, pest bird species, and even other predatory birds.
When it comes to keeping herons, waterfowl, and raccoons out of swimming pools and ponds an alligator decoy is typically the best way to go. These are made to look like the head or full body of a real alligator.
As a floating alligator decoy moves around a pool or pond it triggers a natural fear response which helps to ensure that pests won’t come near the water’s edge let alone steal fish or take a swim. Their realistic look and movement often also makes them a fun addition to backyard water sources for those who collect nature-themed garden art as well.
From gator decoys to live insects, or even bats, each of these pest control solutions has its place. And because they are all considered nature-friendly you can rest assured that you won’t be adding any chemicals or causing in any harm to the local wildlife and ecosystem.