How To Keep Pests Out Your Garden

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Gardens can attract all kinds of unwanted visitors from slugs to wasps. These critters may bite and sting or they may simply eat all your plants. Meanwhile, others such as pigeons may simply make a mess. For those eager to own a pest-free garden, here are some handy tips.

Ward off pests with scents

Some pests are deterred by certain scents. Mosquitoes for example don’t like the smell of citronella – growing these plants in your garden or using citronella-infused candles could help to get rid of your mosquito problem. Many herbs and spices such as mint, chives and oregano are effective against aphids, wasps and ants. Rosemary meanwhile is effective at repelling cockroaches, snails and slugs.  

Set up traps

There are various traps that can be set up to get rid of pests, although not everyone may find these humane. Beer traps are a common way of trapping slugs and snails whilst there are many specialist traps for wasps. You can also install bug zappers which electrify any bugs that come near.

Hang up a fake wasp nest

When it comes to getting rid of wasps, you may find that hanging up a fake wasp nest does the job. This is because wasps are territorial and if they see another colony they’ll stay out of that area. It’s possible to sometimes trick wasps by simply using a crumpled paper bag.

Encourage friendly animals to eat them

Sometimes you can ward off pests by attracting other animals in to eat them. Birds can be great for eating slugs and snails – consider installing a birdfeeder in your garden to help attract these friendly animals. Another option meanwhile could be to get a cat (this could be particularly useful if you have a rodent problem).

Consider calling the help of pest control

Pest problems can sometimes get out of hand, in which case you’re best off hiring professionals to eliminate the problem. There are many specialist pest control service out there ranging from ant control to pigeon control. Pest control services could be particularly useful when it comes to removing wasp nests, which can be dangerous work.

Use the right pesticides

Pesticides can be sprayed on plants to help deter critters, but you should be careful as to which ones you use. Many chemical pesticides will kill off slugs and snails, but may also kill off bees and butterflies that you may want to conserve in your garden. They could even be tosic to birds and pets. Organic pesticides could be a better choice – these include chilli powder and garlic. It’s also possible to use soap or washing up liquid, but be wary of anti-bacterial soaps which could damage your plants.

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