Arlington has its share of yard pests. These include grubs, squirrels, and a wide range of stinging insects. But how do you get rid of them quickly?
The best way to remove yard pests is to:
- Utilize live trapping where allowed by law
- Reduce easy access to food sources
- Use poison baits sparingly
- Seal entry points
- Use spike strips to prevent birds from roosting on ledges
Here, we’ll show you:
- How to get rid of grubs once and for all
- The type of traps that are best for pest wildlife
- How to keep birds from roosting on your home
- Techniques for using the same repellents the pros use
- How to remove stinging insects quickly and safely
How To Get Rid of Grubs in Your Yard
White grubs are the larval stage of beetles. They destroy turfgrass by feeding on the roots, and they’re not picky about the location.
Grubs typically attack:
- Home lawns
- Golf courses
- Sports turf
- Industrial landscapes
Here’s how you can tell if you have a grub problem:
- Lawn appears lifted and uneven
- Grass is thin and unhealthy
- Yellowing of plants
- Soil underneath the grass is spongy
To inspect for grubs, you will have to make cuts on three sides of a square foot area of your lawn. Then, gently pull back the flap and inspect the roots.
If you only find a few grubs, that’s within an acceptable tolerance for most grasses. However, more than seven or eight in a square foot area means trouble.
To treat grubs, there are two methods: biological and chemical.
Biological Control for Grubs
Milky spore granules kill grubs by introducing bacteria into their feeding areas. A similar method involves the use of beneficial nematodes. But instead of the bacteria entering through the grub’s digestive system, it gets in through natural openings in its body.
Chemical Control for Grubs
While there are liquid spray applications containing cyfluthrin, it’s best to apply granular insecticides for grubs. The best one contains trichlorfon, and you can get it either in 9.3% or 6.2% strength.
It’s best to apply grub insecticides using a lawn spreader. For best results, use 10 pounds per 5,000 square feet. For prevention treatments using bifenthrin, and use about four pounds per 1,000 square feet.
Eliminating Wasps and Hornets
Paper wasps are not normally aggressive, even when you get close to their nests. However, yellowjackets and hornets can become agitated quickly. So, it’s best to wear protective clothing while treating their nests.
Follow these steps the pros use:
- Make sure no one else is around you during the process
- Treat wasp and hornet nests just after dusk when they are more subdued
- Use an aerosol wasp killer spray when treating a nest
- Stand back about ten feet to ensure a safe distance
- Spray the entire contents of the can
How To Scare Birds Away
Bird Exclusion Measures
Starlings, blackbirds, and sparrows are the pest species in the Arlington area. They make a mess of your ledges, rooftops, and porches.
To get rid of pest birds around your home, metal bird spike strips work the best. They keep them from roosting in places you don’t want them. And they also work to deter other pests such as squirrels, stray cats, and raccoons.
Ultrasonic repellers are available for birds, rodents, and small animals. However, you can also set up fake decoys in the shape of owls and hawks.
However, birds tend to get accustomed to these types of scaring devices. So, you may have to rotate them frequently to keep them from becoming ineffective.
Getting Rid of Gray Squirrels
Eliminate Food Sources
Be sure to limit food for squirrels around your home. This includes sealing both trash cans and pet food containers. It also means keeping nuts and berries picked up from yards.
Squirrels also eat birdseed. So, it’s best to remove any that has spilled. Also, you may want to try using squirrel baffles to keep both squirrels and chipmunks away from bird feeders.
Trapping squirrels isn’t always practical. Still, it may be worthwhile if you’ve noticed only a few in your yard.
Set an eight-inch wide metal trap that is at least 16 inches deep. Use a combination of peanut butter and birdseed for the bait. Also, it’s good to place it behind the trip plate for best results.
Natural Squirrel Repellents
Natural wildlife repellents work on a wide range of pests, including:
- Rats and mice
Natural squirrel repellents contain a mixture of essential oils as their active ingredients. So, they are safe to use around your home. And they typically come in either a liquid spray or solid granules you spread over your yard.