Rochester is a city with all kinds of beautiful plants and animals year-round. However, they can attract unwanted pests with them. So, how do you combat these annoying creatures, especially when they wander into your yard?
In this informative guide, you’ll learn:
- The yard pests to look for in the Rochester area
- How to identify each one
- How to get rid of outdoor insects quickly
- The tricks the pros use to chase wildlife from your yard for good
It may be challenging to reduce mosquito populations in Rochester. However, the key to eliminating bites is to make your home unattractive to them. Here are some pro tips for doing just that.
- Remove old tires, buckets, or any items that might hold rain. It only takes a few ounces of liquid for a female mosquito to lay her eggs.
- Ceiling fans and air conditioners help keep the air moving and also discourage mosquitoes from biting you.
- Install bug zappers and UV light traps outdoors to draw mosquitoes away from indoor spaces.
- Use microbial insecticides in fish ponds and bird baths to kill insect larvae and reduce mosquito populations.
Ticks are parasitic insects that rely on human or animal blood to survive. Most species go through four life cycle stages:
During each developmental stage, the tick attaches itself to a new host. For that reason, it has ample opportunities to transmit diseases to humans. Here are some examples:
- Lyme disease
- Rocky Mountain spotted fever
- Bourbon virus
To get rid of ticks from your home or yard, follow these steps:
- Treat your pets for ticks. Having your pets free from ticks is an essential first step to keeping your home tick-free as well.
- Wash all pet bedding, or discard and replace it.
- Steam clean furniture where pets are typically lying on it.
- Spot treat areas indoors with a residual insecticide labeled for ticks.
- Use boric acid dust for crack and crevice treatments indoors.
- Keep weeds mowed and lawns trimmed.
- Spray your yard with a residual insecticide containing bifenthrin or other permethrin-based product.
You may have to follow up with a second outside treatment after about 21 days to achieve complete coverage. It also ensures that adult ticks are eliminated from your yard.
Grubs are the larval stage of beetles. Species include:
- Japanese beetles
- June beetles
- European chafers
- Leaf beetles
Since most beetle species have three instars during their life cycle development, grubs can grow to be quite large. So, in most instances, they are relatively easy to spot.
To inspect for grubs in your lawn, follow these steps:
- Cut a one-foot square on three sides.
- Dig below the surface at least four inches.
- Pull the three sides back, exposing the topsoil layer.
Inspect closely for signs of grubs. If you count more than three to four within a square foot, it’s time to treat the lawn.
Most of the insecticides used for treating grubs come in granular form, and they typically contain Trichlorfon or some other chemical active ingredient.
For a more natural approach, you may want to try milky spores. They come in granular form and are a safe way to introduce bacteria that kill grubs and other insect larvae.
You can also use beneficial nematodes on your lawn. These are microscopic worms that burrow into the larva and kill it from the inside out, and they also come in a granular formula you can apply with a garden spreader.
Raccoons are omnivorous, meaning they’ll eat just about anything. For that reason, it’s best to keep raccoons out of your yard by limiting food sources. Here are some examples of how to do that:
- Secure trash can lids tightly
- Clean yard areas of dropped fruits and nuts, which raccoons love
- Avoid leaving dog food out overnight
- Secure bird feeders using baffles where practical
- Fasten garbage bins to a tree or other stationary object to keep raccoons from tipping them over
Also, it’s vital to exclude them from your home. The pros accomplish this using these methods:
- Screen open spaces beneath the house to include decks and porches
- Cover chimneys with approved spark arrestors
- Ultrasonic frightening devices work well if you install at least two in your yard
- Natural wildlife repellents can either be sprayed or spread throughout your lawn to keep raccoons away