Proper Fall Lawn Care to Avoid Pests

Although the fall leaves may be beautiful to look at, leaf piles that are left unattended could be home to various pests. The Lake of the Ozarks typically experiences a fluctuation in fall temperatures. This means that pests that should be in dormancy could still be active, and taking shelter within piles of leaves. Your Lake of the Ozarks pest control company takes a look into the importance of proper fall lawn care and how to avoid pests in your yard. 

Fall Lawn Care Maintenance

Proper fall lawn care maintenance is important for the health of your yard. A few leaves (about 10-20% coverage) won't do much damage to your lawn. However, an excessive amount of leaves on your lawn going into the winter season can be bad for several reasons. First, sun rays may not be able to reach the grass, which could hinder the growth in the spring. Second, it could trap in moisture, which could result in mold and fungus. Finally, leaves make the perfect habitat for pests. 

What Do Leaves Attract?

Black Widow Spiders - Black widow spiders are reclusive and like to live in dark, undisturbed places, such as piles of leaves, rock or wood. If you are doing yard work, it is important to wear gloves to reduce your risk of getting bit. 

Beetles - Beetles are attracted to dark, damp places, and piles of leaves give them the perfect place to hide. Although they pose no health risk, living with a beetle infestation is an annoyance. 

Snakes - Beetles could bring on more pests, like snakes, that we don't want near or in our homes.

Mice - Mice are also attracted by beetles to the piles of leaves. This could lead them to find shelter in your home, which could turn into a bigger problem if not addressed.  

Grasshoppers - Although grasshoppers are often a summer issue, the warmer, fall weather has made them stick around a little bit longer. 

There are several pests that love to call big, pile of leaves sitting in the yard home. These are just a few, others include termites, earwigs, roaches and ants.

How To Avoid Pests In The Yard

Fall lawn care maintenance is the first step in avoiding pests calling your yard home. Leaves not only damage your lawn, they also attract pests that could also do damage. There are three options that homeowners have to make sure that leaves are not causing headaches later on down the road. 

1. Use a rake or blower and compost the leaves or dispose of them. 

2. Use the bagging attachment of your lawn mower and then compost the leaf and grass mix or dispose of it. 

3. Mulch the leaves with a mower. Mulching may be the best option, as the nutrients and organic matter could be beneficial to the lawn and soil. 

Although the leaves may be taken care of, there are still other pests that could reside in your lawn, such as fleas. Fleas are highly active this time of the year, as the temperatures and humidity levels are perfect for them. With the weather being unusually warm for this time of the year, it is still important to have a Lake of the Ozarks pest control company spray around the outside of your home to prevent these pests from making themselves comfortable inside.

Pest Free Yard

Best Pest Control is your source for all things pests. However, the best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks offers a full range of different services. Whether you are needing help with lawn care maintenance or animal control, you can count on Best Pest Control to help protect your home. To schedule an appointment or to learn more about our services, call 573-348-1600.


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