Is your garden attracting unwelcome pests? You may be making one of these common mistakes that attract pest activity in the garden in Spring and Summer in South Africa!
As the weather begins to warm, we tend to migrate to the great outdoors. If you are a keen gardener, weeds are pulled, flowers planted, and verges tended to. There are some mistakes keen gardeners make during their horticulture attempts, such as attracting unwanted pests to our gardens.
A couple of changes to your landscaping attempts will make your garden look wonderful. It will also keep rats, mice, and insects away.
Not all insects are bad. You still need beneficial insects to pollinate the flowers. Choose the right variety of plants this year, and attract the bugs you need while avoiding the pests you don’t.
1. Mulching Your Garden Saves Water, but Attracts Bugs!
Professional gardeners like to mulch their flower beds to retain water. This is especially useful where water is a scarcity. Bugs view mulch as a water source. This is one of the drawbacks when using wooden mulch in your beds.
- Mulching with wood chips has a certain appeal to many gardeners. It might look good, but it is a nesting ground for a variety of pests. Some of these include cockroaches, ants, and termites. These are bugs you might want to avoid at all costs!
- Certain ant species and termites could become a costly affair. They could enter your home and foundations, causing untold damage. Ask pest management companies in your area, such as Mostert Pest Control, to give you a quote. They can help you master pest management in your garden and get rid of outdoor pests in your yard for good.
- If you suspect you have infestations, pest control action is important. Ensure you keep fungal organisms, beetle grubs, cucumber beetles, and every type of disease-causing organism in check by calling in professional help.
- You need not ditch mulching altogether. There are other alternatives you can use to maintain healthy soil. Tyre rubber mulch is a brilliant alternative which looks as good as wood mulch. The biggest difference is that it does not encourage insect infestations.
- Rubber mulch does not absorb water from your plants. This is the perfect soil solution for keeping actual insect pest activity out and moisture in.
- You want to keep beneficial predators and get rid of those that cause harm. Planting the right plants will keep the good bugs and discourage the bad ones.
2. Why Plant Bushes Far from Your House?
What do you see on close examination of garden plants? You would probably discover a thriving bug population. Avoid planting your bushes too close to your house. Especially your windows. Here’s why:
- A close look at the plants surrounding your home will reveal pest species of every description.
- It makes sense to plant your shrubs and bushes as far away as possible from your residence.
- Trim trees and bushes so that they are not leaning against your outside windows and walls.
- Trees and shrubs create a natural bridge into your home. The result is that insect activity in the home could increase.
3. Choose the Right Plant Groups. These Will Attract Beneficial Bugs.
Do your homework. Choose plants for the biological control of pests. Appealing plants and shrubs look good but repel insects. It’s about beneficial insects in gardens in South Africa.
- Ask your nursery for advice about which plants and herbs attract and repel insects.
- Biological control will keep the good in your garden and get rid of the bad
- Choose companion planting in your vegetable garden.
- Bugs simply hate the smell of certain plants. Enjoy a healthy garden and healthy plants by planting the right plants.
Visit Your Nursery for Bug-Repellent Plants!
Visit your nursery and look out for a variety of garden plants that repel insects. Not only do they look good; they discourage bugs, too!
Marigolds look good. They also have a strong smell:
Marigolds are easy to grow, look good in the garden, and act as a natural repellent. For healthy gardens, grow marigolds amongst your vegetables. Marigolds are a brilliant pest management strategy. They repel aphids, mosquitoes, and rabbits!
Chrysanthemums are desirable plants look fantastic:
Chrysanthemums are a natural enemy to ants, ticks, fleas, and cockroaches. Many insects avoid chrysanthemums, as they are toxic to pests. They are, however, safe for animals.
Geraniums are easy to grow and repel bugs!
Geraniums are cheerful, bright plants. Their blooms repel certain lady beetles, Japanese beetles, and mosquitoes. They have an active ingredient in their perfume that pests don’t like!
Other plants that repel harmful insects include rosemary, lavender, and basil. Not all plants repel all insects. The minute you suspect you have a pest infestation call in the pest control experts. Mostert Pest Control are experts in the control of all garden and household pests!
Let Mostert Pest Control Make a Difference By Eradicating Pests:
Get your free quote from Mostert Pest Control specialists today. Avoid unwelcome pest activity in the garden this spring and summer. Encourage the good stuff and discourage the bad bugs. We take care of all pests. We do this by using a wide variety of products and methods. Enjoy your garden without destructive pests this spring and summer. Find out more how you can have that show-piece garden. Do this by keeping the bad out and the good in!