Pesky critters love to get into your home through any entry point possible, and often a home’s landscaping is what leads them right to their pest-sized doorways. For those who don’t want to sacrifice their home’s well-designed landscaping, which can generate a 14% increase in a home’s resale value, there are plenty of creative ways to work pest control into the design. Integrated pest management focuses on preventative measurements to keep pests away through natural repellents and smart design, rather than chemical treatments.
- Choose The Right Trees
When you plant trees, shrubs, or bushes right next to your home, you’re creating a convenient bridge for insects and rodents to get to the roof and walls of your house. As you plant any new vegetation that will have extending branches, be sure to consider how large it will be at maturity. If you plant a tree that will have a 30-foot span at maturity within 15 feet of your home, you’ll have to continually prune the branches or risk pests interpreting the long branches as an invitation into your home.
- Skip Wood Mulch
Most landscaping uses mulch as its foundation, but this useful ground cover is typically made from wood chips. Roaches, termites, carpenter ants, and earwigs think wood mulch is also rather useful as their new home. To keep from luring these home-destroying insects into your domain, opt for rubber mulch instead. It has a similar appearance to wood and still controls weeds, but it does not attract insects like wood does and is made from recycled tires. Rubber mulch doesn’t break down each year, making it last up to 10 years and making your investment well worth it.
- Be Wary Of Water
Birdbaths, ornamental ponds, reflecting pools, and fountains can be lovely features in your landscaping, but they can also be the ideal breeding grounds for mosquitoes. These bothersome insects deposit eggs into standing water, but running water thwarts those efforts. Be sure to change the water at least once a week in smaller features and circulate the water regularly in fountains or swimming pools. As a natural mosquito control, you can stock a decorative pond with mosquito-eating fish.
In the United States, the pest control industry grew by 2.9% between 2012 and 2017. As many homeowners invest in this industry, you can save money on sprays and treatments simply by planning your landscaping well. Think like a small critter looking for an entrance in your warm and comfortable home, and you’ll find the ways to keep them out.