Nowhere is safe from annoying pests, especially when it comes to pests that infiltrate and destroy our plants, garden, and the general peace our yards usually give us.
Unfortunately, Evansville is no exception and has many types of yard pests. If you live in Evansville, continue reading to learn more about what yard pests you should watch out for.
In today’s guide, we will discuss:
- Pest Identification
- Identifying Common Evansville Yard Pests
- Pest Prevention
Many pests are beneficial to us when they are outdoors and serving the environment. For example, bees and other stinging insects play crucial roles in pollination. Other pests, like scorpions and spiders, are vital because they eat other, much more harmful insects that wander into our gardens.
As a result, it’s critical that you identify which pests you have in your yard before you begin treating them. Many pests you’ll be better off leaving alone, at least for your plants’ sake.
Identifying Common Evansville Yard Pests
Japanese Beetles are destructive pests that favor fruit plants, fruit trees, and other beautiful plants like rose bushes. Japanese Beetles are easy to identify because they have shiny green and gold bodies and have a clear calling card: destroyed leaves with a “lacey” chewed pattern.
However, this is not the worst part of having Japanese beetles. Unfortunately, Japanese beetles give birth to the hated white grubs. White grubs resemble small, white caterpillars and typically hatch in early to mid-summer. If you notice brown patches on your grass and grass loosely attached to the ground, you may have root damage from white grubs.
Wildlife can be a significant bane to gardeners and homeowners alike. Wildlife is no joke between their destructive nature and the danger they present to us and our loved ones.
Even cuter wildlife, like deer and rabbits, can be highly destructive to our yards. Unfortunately, Evansville is home to many deer and rabbits, even in urban areas. Both deer and rabbits can quickly become pests as they eat away at our grass, plants, and freshly planted bulbs. If you live in a wildlife-dominated area, the best course of action is to grow hardy plants that deers and rabbits do not prefer, such as crocus, snowdrops, irises, and daffodils.
Flies are pests that can be a nuisance outdoors and indoors. They are typically attracted to yards with easy access to organic materials, such as garbage, because this is what they lay their eggs on. So if you have a compost pile, exposed garbage bins, clogged gutters, or animal excrement in your yard, be wary of the flies that may follow.
Flies are also a health hazard to humans because they can carry bacteria, parasites, and pathogens, which they may spread to humans through food contamination. If given a chance, many flies in your yard will find a way inside your home, particularly your kitchen, which is why prevention is so critical.
We all know it’s always better to prevent rather than treat a future problem. So, how can we prevent pest problems in our yards?
Here are our top tips:
- Secure all garbage cans and other sources of organic material, like compost bins, to avoid pests from gathering
- Pick up pet droppings regularly
- Plant a variety of plants that are hardy and pest-resistant
- Use citronella plants and candles to repel mosquitoes and other insects in the area
- Immediately deal with any pest infestations to prohibit other pests from gathering and spreading the infestation
- Pick up any fallen fruits, nuts, or other food sources
- Use a caulking material to seal off any entry points into your home and outside buildings, like sheds
- Never leave food or drinks outside unattended
- Replace torn screens quickly
- Cut tall grass and overgrown plants to prevent pest-friendly areas from forming
- Don’t scatter birdseed on the ground. Instead, use a bird feeder so that other pests don’t use the birdseed as a food source
If you live in the Evansville area, don’t wait to contact a pest control professional. The longer you wait, the worse the pest problem will inevitably become.