According to a report published by the National Association of Realtors, millennials make up the largest share of homebuyers—at 38 percent. And when you look deeper into what kinds of homes they’re buying, it becomes evident that the group is willing to sacrifice home square footage to allow for outdoor space.
The primary reason: they want a more holistic space where they can spend time with their loved ones.
A backyard is a great place for friends and family time—but it can turn into a nightmare very quickly, as outdoor door pests love to invade such spaces. Here are four tips you can use to keep these buggers at bay.
1. Drain standing water
Standing water attracts mosquitos, which pose a major danger to your health. This is why you need to regularly monitor your backyard to ensure there aren’t any sources of standing water.
This includes kiddie pools, wash buckets, planters, blocked gutters, and even birdbaths. Regularly throw out any standing water from time to time to prevent this.
2. Cover all trash
Uncovered trash is a magnet for all sorts of rodents. So make sure your trash cans have vacuum seals to prevent the smell from getting out and rodents from getting in. Also, wash and dry your trash cans regularly. Sticky substances on the garbage can’s exterior attract flies and other insects. Finally, keep your trash cans out of the backyard.
3. Keep things trim and tidy
Maintain your hedges and any other garden flora regularly. Overgrown hedges and shrubs are great hiding spaces for a slew of bugs and their brethren. Not only does clean landscaping keep pests away, but it also makes your home look sharper.
Pro-Tip: Plant some naturally bug-repellent plants in your backyard. Lavender, chrysanthemum, and lemongrass are just some of the many plant varieties that avert bugs.
4. Keep all food covered
A backyard bash makes a great casual, outdoor party. While the food is a definite plus for your guests, you can also expect some uninvited visitors over. Keep unwanted flies away from your food by keeping all food covered when it’s not being consumed. Use silicone covers or plastic wraps to keep things clean.
If you’re thinking of having an outdoor party and want to ensure the place is bug-free, consider opting for Xterminator Pest Control’s outdoor pest control services. Our one-time pest control treatment is a winner for homeowners Pickerington, Zanesville, and Columbus, Ohio.
Rid your backyard of bugs by making an appointment today at (614) 935-3973 or 1-800-948-7378.