Homeowners often focus on pest control from the inside. They install traps, spray chemicals, and clean their house from top to bottom to find and kill the pests. Few people look where the pests come from in the first place as a way to control the amount of pests in their home: outside. Here are some reasons and guidelines to follow for keeping bushes trimmed away from the house along with a few other ways to prevent pests from ever reaching the front door.
Bushes, shrubs, trees, and other plants that touch your house are an easy way for pests to move indoors. Overgrown bushes will naturally contain more pests than a well-trimmed bush, meaning an infestation due to an untrimmed bush will be more than just a few pests around your home. It will likely require professional pest control and will disrupt your home and your life.
If you’ve let your bushes and plants near your home go untrimmed for awhile, don’t fear. It’s relatively simple to trim them and get them back to where they need to be. The good news is that in addition to cutting the chances of pests coming into your home as a result of your untrimmed plants, you’ll also be adding curb appeal to your home and making the neighbors happy.
If you search online, you’ll see that the range people recommend for trimming shrubs is anywhere from 6 inches to 3 feet away from your home. It makes sense that more distance between your plants and your home is better because cracks in the walls and windows are easy avenues for pests to take to get inside your home, and having your vegetation closer to your house makes it more likely that they’ll be able to access these crevices. If you’re already experiencing pests in your home, then you will probably want to err on the side of caution by trimming shrubs, bushes, and plants so that they are at least 2 feet away from your home, even at the roof level.
You can trim your vegetation yourself with a power trimmer that you can buy at your local hardware store. You’ll want to start with pruning shears and cut away any dead branches. Prune by cutting above what’s referred to as the “branch collar,” which is just a fancy name for the bump you’ll see at the point in between the branch and the main trunk. This gives the branch a better chance of recovering from this callous so that it can grow back. From there, use your power trimmer to cut away larger branches. If you have a lot of vegetation around your home, you might want to call in a professional to take care of this.
Insects and rodents are sneaky, and they like a warm house as much as we do. Here are a few other ways to keep pests from ever getting into your home:
Rodents don’t like crossing open spaces, and insects can have a hard time navigating rocks, making a gravel or rock barrier the perfect way to keep pests out of your home. You can create this barrier by installing a 3-foot gravel strip around your home, or by using rocks to create a similar barrier either around your entire home or in areas that are prone to infestation.
Water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes, so make sure you are regularly changing out water in bird baths and standing fountains at least once a week. Fountains that circulate water can actually deter mosquitoes from laying eggs, so keep your fountain circulating instead of letting the water stand to prevent mosquitoes from hatching.
Having pests in your home is never fun, but putting some thought into the outside of your home can be all that it takes to keep pests where they belong. For more ideas on what you can do outside of your home to keep pests away, contact us.