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An Eco-Friendly Pest Control Option

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At Nozzle Nolen, we care about the environment. We don't just work in South Florida; we live here too. So we take a green approach to pest control. Here are a few of the many ways you can protect your South Florida home without the use of chemicals.

Deterrents

There is an ecosystem around your home and it is always encroaching but you can resist that encroachment.

  • If you put a gravel barrier on the edge of your property, you can keep ticks from crawling into your yard and resist rodents and wildlife that carry them in.

  • If you keep your grass trimmed, and weeds to a minimum, animals will not feel as safe in your yard.

  • If you put a fence around your property, or around gardens, fruit trees, or berry bushes, you'll make your yard less interesting.

Habitats

Pests prefer a yard with lots of habitat options. They'll hide in objects sitting in your yard or in nooks and crannies provided by your house, deck, patio, garage, shed, etc.

  • Remove lawn clutter to remove habitat options for everything from a rodent to a spider.

  • Use fencing to keep animals from going under portions of your home and establishing a nest.

Food Sources

The more food you have in your yard, the more pests you'll have. But what pests think is food isn't always what we think is food.

  • Keep your exterior trash in sealed trash cans to keep the smells in and the animals away.

  • Keep construction materials away from your exterior walls and get them up off the ground to resist termites.

  • Rake twigs and leaves up.

  • Reduce bugs to reduce the bugs or animals that eat them. For example, the more flies you have in your yard, the more spiders you'll have.

Moisture

Many bugs love moisture, in fact, they need moisture to survive, so they are drawn to be where it is wet or humid. Some moisture pests include mosquitoes, silverfish, and millipedes.

  • Repair any leaky spigots, hoses, or exterior plumbing.

  • Unclog gutters and repair any breaks.

  • Make sure downspouts channel water away from your foundation.

  • Rake up leaves to prevent vernal pools from forming.

  • Protect or store objects that collect water. Some examples are: poke a hole in the bottom of a tire swing, flip a kiddie pool over when you're not using it, put a slanted tarp over a riding lawnmower that is left outside.

  • Trim trees and bushes to allow sunlight to dry your foundation perimeter.

Other Attractants

There are many reasons pests come into our yards. Some of them are a little unusual, and they may surprise you.

  • Lady bugs are drawn to bright colors. If you have a bright-colored home, garage, shed, or outbuilding, you might want to consider a color change if these insects drive you crazy every fall.

  • Many insects are drawn to lights. One of the worst is termite swarmers. If termites swarm at night, they're going to choose the home that has the most lights turned on. Keep lights off and shades drawn at night to resist termites, house flies, and other light-loving pests.

Exclusion

Bugs, rodents, and other wildlife are going to come into your yard no matter what you do. The above tips will help to reduce them, but it is important to make sure your exterior walls are as fortified as possible if any should come exploring for entry points.

  • Repair or replace screens that have holes

  • Put screens over vents and other openings

  • Seal gaps, cracks, and holes in your outside walls and foundation

  • Put wire mesh in downspouts to keep rodents and other pests from accessing your vulnerable roofline

Partnership

These tips are only a few of the many ways pests can be managed without the use of chemicals. When you partner with a pest management professional, you get their extensive knowledge and experience with a wide range of natural and effective control methods just like these, but you also get treatment options that use the right amount of pest control products when necessary. For example, the amount of active ingredient needed to stop mosquitoes isn't going to hurt your pets or children when they play in the bushes. You're PMP knows what to use, how much to use, and where to use it.

For more information about pest control in South Florida, or to partner with Nozzle Nolen, give us a call today.

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