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Dealing With Lawn Pests – What You Need to Know

A beautiful lawn can make a real difference to the look of a property. This is why you need to make sure that your lawn is well cared for. One of the biggest issues you can have with a lawn is the pests that often invade. They need to be dealt with as effectively as possible, if you do not want them to completely destroy the stunning lawn that you have spent your time creating.

There are several common pests that can invade a lawn in the US. You need to know how to deter and deal with them in order to stop them from creating havoc and causing damage. It’s always best to use natural methods to deal with a pest problem. Traditional pesticides are worrying because they could be toxic. The EPA warns that potential side effects range from eye and throat irritation to kidney damage and increased risk of cancer.

Here are four common pests, together with some tips about how to deal with them.

Moles

Moles only ever invade a healthy lawn, so if you do have a mole problem, at least you know that your lawn is in good condition. You can tell if there are moles around by the mole hills that appear in your lawn, as moles begin to dig. If you spot the signs, you should try soaking pieces of material in olive oil and putting the pieces in each hole that you can find. If this does not work, there are other methods you can try, before seeking professional help.

Ants

Ants do not damage lawns, but you probably do not want them hanging around when you are spending time on the grass. There are several methods that you can try, when attempting to get rid of ants. One of the most effective methods is to mix around 10 drops of peppermint oil with a tablespoonful of vodka. The resulting mixture should be spayed around ants’ nests.

Crickets

Crickets can often be found on many lawns and they can be a nuisance. One of the best ways to get rid of them is to use “yellow” bug lighting outdoors, rather than bright lights which can attract pests. You may also want to think about getting a cat as they prey on crickets. It’s also worth mentioning that lizards and birds are natural friends, when it comes to dealing with crickets.

Rabbits

You can often see evidence of rabbits eating the plants in your yard and digging up your lawn. You may also see their pellet shaped droppings in your yard. You need to make sure that you get rid of rabbits as soon as you can, so that they do not destroy your lawn and eat their way through all of your plants. You should choose plants that repel rabbits, such as ferns, forget-me-nots, amaryllis and magnolia. You can also fence off your lawn and plants and use collars around the trunks of new trees.

These methods should help you to deal with lawn pests. If you have problems solving the issue, it’s a good idea to get professional help.

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