There are few things worse for a lawn than an insect problem. All sorts of critters can invade your beautiful landscape and wreck it from the ground up if you’re not paying close enough attention! Your best course of action against a current (and dangerous) insect infestation is to consult a professional pest control source, but to prevent such an infestation altogether – we’ve got a couple of tips to help you with that.
Deal with thick patches while they’re young
Think patches in your otherwise uniform lawn aren’t just unsightly – they breed pests too. Ridding your lawn of thick patches as soon as they grow is step number one of insect invasion prevention. It’ll be that much more difficult for insects to set up shop if all of your grass is nice and manicured (they prefer tall grass).
Re-route or reduce standing water
Large pools of water are a mosquito’s best friend. If you’ve found a place on your lawn that likes to hold pools of water after a rainstorm, consider leveling it off or re-routing the water to prevent long-term standing water.
Doing this routinely can also help the health of the surrounding grass and plants, as they won’t be drowned by too much water.
Make a barrier between your lawn and wooded areas
Ticks almost always migrate to your lawn from nearby wooded areas, and they usually don’t do it on purpose. Invest in a soft border between heavy wooded areas and your lawn by introducing mulch or gravel at the boundary and it’ll discourage ticks from making the long trip to crossover.
This will also help keep out any other woodland insects that have their eyes on your lawn.
For the larger pests like roaches and crickets, a bit of light fencing is a great option! Sure, they can crawl over it, but an extra barrier to entry can’t possibly hurt your chances in the grand scheme of things.