The last few weeks have been filled with heavy winds and leaf showers. The fall foliage this year was beautiful and seemed to stick around longer than usual. Now that all of those leaves have fallen to the ground, it’s time to clean up those leaf piles to prevent pests. Best Pest Control knows how proper lawn care can help keep pests out of your yard and home. The best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks has some steps you can take.
Lawn Care Maintenance
Not only is proper lawn care maintenance important to help keep pests out, but it’s also important for the health of your yard. Some leaf coverage (about 10-20%) won’t have a major effect on your lawn. However, an abundance of fallen and decaying leaves on your lawn can cause problems. Not only are sun rays blocked from reaching your grass, but those leaves can trap in moisture, which could result in the growth of mold and fungus. Leaf piles also make the perfect home for pests that are seeking shelter through the winter.
Pests That Are Attracted to Leaf Piles
Beetles – These insects are attracted to dark and damp places. What’s better than a pile of freshly fallen leaves? Leaf piles create the perfect shelter for beetles. While they don’t pose a health risk, having an abundance of beetles can be annoying.
Black Widow Spiders – These spiders are reclusive and like to live in dark and undisturbed places. Because of this, a pile of leaves is a great place for black widow spiders to hide out. When doing yard work, or cleaning up piles of leaves, it’s important to wear gloves to keep yourself protected from getting bit.
Mice – These pests are drawn towards piles of leaves not only for their shelter but for the insects that are already seeking shelter. Piles of leaves are a great food source for mice. Once you have an infestation of mice in your yard, they’re more than likely going to find a way into your home.
Snakes – Similar to mice, snakes find food and shelter in piles of leaves. Venomous snakes such as copperheads can be found in leaf piles. If you live in an area where venomous snakes are common, you should be extra cautious when cleaning up leaf piles.
Keep Pests Out of Your Yard
Lawn care maintenance is the first step in keeping pests away from your home. Leaves not only damage your lawn, they also attract pests. When it comes to getting rid of leaves, you have a few options.
Use a rake or leaf blowers to gather all of the leaves together. You can either compost the leaves or dispose of them. You can bag the leaves and dispose of them or you can burn them.
Another great option is to mulch the leaves with a mower. This option allows the nutrients and organic matter to go back into your lawn and the soil.
Best Pest Control is your source for all things pests – whether they are inside or outside your home. The best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks also offers a wide range of services. Whether you need help with maintenance for your lawn or need help with animal control, you can count on the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks to protect your home.
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