Just like the rest of the country, Fresno is home to various pests, including destructive yard pests that can quickly wreak havoc on your plants, soil, and peaceful yard. If you live in the Fresno area, you may be wondering what kind of yard pests live in the area and what you can do to prevent them.
In today’s guide, we will cover all this and more:
- Pest Identification
- Identifying Common Fresno Yard Pests
- Pest Prevention
Before you begin eliminating all pests in your garden, take a moment to assess which pests are genuinely harmful to your plants and garden. Many “pests” in the garden are helpful to the environment and your plant’s health.
For example, scorpions and spiders eat other, much more harmful bugs that may destroy your plants. While we understandably don’t want scorpions or spiders in our homes, they can be our allies outdoors in our gardens as they protect our plants from worse yard pests.
So, before you begin treating pests, make sure you identify which pests are a bane to your garden and yard. Keep reading for information about the most common Fresno yard pests.
Identifying Common Fresno Yard Pests
Aphids are small, green bugs that can cause a lot of problems for your plants. They especially love lush vegetation. Unfortunately, there are many types of aphids in the California area, and some will even target fruits and vegetables in your yard. While they don’t frequently kill plants, they can cause many problems for them and weaken your plants considerably over time.
Another problem that aphids create is honeydew. Honeydew is a sticky material that aphids produce, attracting other insects, such as fleas and wildlife. Other insects and wildlife may cause further damage to your yard, and in the case of wildlife, even present a health hazard to you, your family, and pets.
Snails and slugs are found in almost every Northern California garden, making them a prevalent and annoying nuisance to many gardeners.
Snails search for new plant growth to eat, which puts new, developing plants at the highest risk. As a result, spring is the most common season for snail activity because they prefer baby plants. The most common sign of a snail or slug problem is large, tattered holes in leaves.
There are over 200 bark beetle species in California alone. These beetles target fruit trees, pine trees, broadleaf trees, and other coniferous trees.
Bark beetles are especially dangerous when trees are weakened due to a lack of water from long periods of drought. A weakened tree attacked by bark beetles will usually die from the attack, making bark beetles a very real and dangerous threat to your trees. Repellents for bark beetles can help protect a weakened tree.
Prevention is always easier than later pest treatments. So, what can you do to protect your yard from pests if you live in the Fresno area?
Here are our top tips:
- Destroy and clear out all nesting materials, such as paper, cardboard, and wood
- Treat weakened trees with bark beetle repellent
- Use citronella candles and plants to repel mosquitoes naturally
- Treat standing water on your property to prevent mosquitoes from gathering and breeding
- Regularly examine your home and any sheds on your property for entry points that rodents, spiders, and other pests may use to enter
- Pick up fallen fruit or nuts so that your yard doesn’t attract pests looking for easy access to food
- Immediately treat any pest problems you have to avoid other pests from being attracted to the growing pest population in your yard
- Trim all tall grass and overgrown plants to avoid creating pest-friendly areas on your property
- Secure all garbage cans and empty them frequently to avoid pests from entering them in search of food or shelter
If you end up with yard pests, don’t hesitate to contact a Fresno pest control professional for immediate help in dealing with your pest problem.