There are numerous ways one can employ to keep the yard or the garden safe from unwanted pests, insects and animals. One needs not be compelled to depend upon harsh chemicals like insecticides, etc. One does not even need to kill. There are eco-friendly steps that can prevent the unwanted animals from making a haven out of your garden or yard. Although maintaining a garden is a daunting task, keeping them safe from unwanted animals or insects can now be easy with the help of the tips mentioned below:
1. Keep The Yard Clean and Secure It
As it is rightly said, “prevention is better than cure”. It holds true in this case as well. The best way to prevent unwanted animals from taking up residence in your garden or yard is to avoid attracting them in the first place. It is best to secure the garden cans with lids and to bring in any leftovers from the pet food in the garden. Doing this removes any source of temptations for rats, raccoons, skunks, bears or any other animal. It is also best to repair any small hole in the fence surrounding the garden to prevent any small animal from squeezing through. To deter mosquitoes from entering, it is advisable to remove any standing sources of water like small swimming pools, buckets or flower pot saucers.
2. Delegate The Tasks
To avoid doing all the dirty work by you, it is best to let the natural enemies of such insects and other animals do the work. Natural predators like spiders, praying mantises, lady bugs and yellow jackets prey on many common insects that bother a garden or yard. Therefore one must create a welcoming outdoor environment to attract such predator insects by providing water, ground cover and variety of plants like oregano, thyme, daisies, sunflowers, etc.
Birds are also natural enemies to several insects. One can attract birds by providing hanging bird feeders, colorful plants and providing a bird bath. It is important to replace the water for bird bath everyday to avoid attracting mosquitoes.
3. Use Natural Repellants
There are several plants that naturally repel insects like mosquitoes. These plants need to be incorporated into the yard space to prevent mosquitoes and other insect from conglomerating. Some of these plants are mosquito plant, lemon balm, garlic, rosemary and thyme. Alternatively one may even burn candles with citronella oil when one is outside. There are several oils available in the market that act as insect repellants. Just remember to check whether they are herbal, DEET free and non toxic.
4. Use Sonic Pest Repellants
Consider purchasing a solar powered repellant for burrowing animals like gophers and moles that dig up yards and garden beds. Just inserting the stake in the ground emits low frequency sound pulses that disrupts their sleep cycle and are enough to drive them away from your garden or yard. There are some above the ground models also available. The models boast of repelling a wide variety of animals like raccoons, mice, rabbits, skunks, stray dogs, stray cats and even deer. However, these may not be a good idea if you have pet dogs or cats that go out into the yard.
5. No Kill Traps
There are live traps available in the market that only trap the animals and do not kill them. This way, you can simply relocate them to some other area. These traps are available in a variety of sizes that can be useful in capturing anything from weasels, cats, mice, gophers, etc. Do keep in mind to contact the local humane society to find out more about the laws that apply in your area.
6. Using Natural Pesticides
There are many natural pesticides available in the market that can be used to repel unwanted insects from the garden and even home. However, keep in mind that although natural, these pesticides may or may not be non toxic. Therefore be sure to read the label on these products carefully. It is also worthwhile to note that these natural pesticides also repel those insects that are useful to us along with those that we do want to repel. So, one must use the better judgment before buying any natural insecticide or pesticide and consider any pros or cons before using them.
Derek Fraser is a Blogger. He likes to write about various articles related to Home Improvement, Internet Marketing, Business Tips and Eco Friendly Measures.