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Tips and Tricks to Get Rid of Annoying Backyard Pests

Get rid of those annoying backyard pests

Try these tools to get rid of your most unwelcome backyard visitors:

You don’t want to completely get rid of these pests because they pollinate plants and kill other insects.
However, if you would like to discourage wasps from invading your space:
• Rinse all beverage bottles and cans.
• Keep your trashcans covered.
• Minimize the use of fragrances from shampoo and perfume.
• Provide clear plastic cups for your guests as aluminum cans and plastic bottles are good hiding spots for stinging insects.

Mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn, so if you are planning a picnic during sunset, plan on having A LOT of insect repellent. For prevention, make sure you don’t have any areas with stagnant water including watering cans, buckets, pet bowls, bird baths, kid’s toys, and outdoor storage bins or other furnishings that might collect rain water. Pour water out of these items if it collects after a rain. This is where mosquitoes can breed and lay their eggs. Try to use citronella candles or tiki torches with citronella fuel this can help control the presence of mosquitoes. Keep mosquitoes at bay with products that contain an active ingredient like DEET or Picaridin.

Ticks can be harmful to you and your pets because they transmit Lyme and other diseases. You can try to use chemical repellents and animals should be regularly treated with flea and tick prevention applications, but there are some easier things you can do in your yard to help prevent their presence.
Keep your grass cut short, and clean up leaf piles and other debris. This is where ticks live, and reducing where they hang out will reduce their presence.

These little buggers can be bothersome pests. A disposable flytrap will catch flies, but they can smell bad and attract flies into your yard.
• Bring utensils and dishware indoors as soon as possible after meal.
• Clean up after your animals and mow the lawn. Flies are attracted to strong odors and high grass.
• Get rid of stagnant water.
Maronda Homes wants to help keep your family and friends happy, healthy and safe this summer by following these tips to keep your back yard Pest free!

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