I knew that living in the country would come with a lot of changes, but I didn't realize how many pests I would have to deal with each day. Even the winter came with its own pest problems. My blog is all about the problematic pests that country living presents. You will find out what you can do to keep your home pest-free and how to eliminate the pests that have already moved into your home. Hopefully, my personal experiences can help you find the solutions to pest problems that you have and take back your home from the insects and rodents causing you troubles.
With spring quickly approaching, many in the northern hemisphere are making plans for their garden. If you're still thinking about how you're going to deal with the annual onslaught of garden pests, consider the three non-chemical tips below.
1. Attract Predators to Your Garden
Nature always finds a way of balancing itself out, so why not use this to your advantage? By attracting predators of common pests to your garden, you can keep pest numbers down without posing any risk to your pets.
Ladybugs, ground beetles, and spiders are just three predators that you cannot afford to do without. Ladybugs are good for keeping aphids and mites away and can be easily attracted by planting plants like fill and marigold. Ground beetles are a nocturnal insect that will keep your garden free of slugs and snails, and they like to take shelter in perennial grasses. Spiders are great for catching flying garden pests, such as moths and flies, and can be attracted by spreading mulch throughout your garden.
2. Use Natural Barriers & Repellents
The barriers and repellents you choose to use will depend on the pest you're targeting, but there are numerous options no matter what you're dealing with. If you're having trouble with ants, for example, be sure to plant peppermint and spearmint throughout your garden. Iron phosphate can be used to keep slugs away. If you're dealing with pests of the larger variety, like deer, you may want to consider a barrier of shrubs around the gardening area – deer will be less likely to go where they cannot see if predators are lurking, so any kind of natural barrier can be used to block their view.
3. Keep Your Garden Well Groomed
Give little pests less places to hide by keeping your garden well maintained. Depending on the pests you're dealing with, the removal of weeds and tall grass may not be enough. It's also important to keep clutter to a minimum, and to provide ample space between your plants. If you're dealing with pests but cannot seem to find their hiding place, consider that they may be hiding in garden decorations and figurines.
While chemical repellents have become the norm in the world of gardening, there are a number of options for those who'd rather go about pest control in a natural way. The above three ways will help you to keep your garden pests under control and your garden plants healthy and whole.