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How to Handle Spider and Wasp Infestations in Your Garden

Finally getting your garden to flourish is a big accomplishment. However, coming outside to find that spiders and wasps have infested your newly acquired garden can be disheartening. Here are some helpful tips that you can employ to get rid of pest infestations so you can get back to enjoying your beautiful garden.

How to Handle Spider and Wasp Infestations in Your Garden

Get Rid of Webs

One of the best first-line tactics you should use to get rid of spiders in your garden is to regularly remove webs. Try consistently removing the webs for about a week. It’s very likely that, by the end of the week, you’ll notice fewer webs are being respun. In addition, pay attention to the places where the most amount of spider webs pop up. Trimming shrubs and trees that are popular web spaces can be enough to keep spiders at bay.

Call in A Pest Control Service

When most people think of pest control services, they picture exterminators armed with traps getting rid of bugs or mice in a home. While that is definitely a service offered by these companies, it’s only one of many. These experts can be called into to deal with pest infestations in your yard or garden. They will have the knowledge to know what sort of treatments can be safely applied to the components of your garden.

Consider Biological Controls

If you would like to use natural tactics to deter spiders and wasps from your garden, you’ll need to do a little research. Natural spider deterrents include diatomaceous earth powder and eucalyptus. You may want to pick up the diatomaceous earth powder at your local gardening store. Or, you can plant a eucalyptus tree to naturally deter spiders. For wasps, peppermint, clove, lemongrass, and geranium oil can all act as natural deterrents.

Switch to Sodium Vapor Bulbs

If you have outdoor lighting near your garden, it’s likely attracting pests. Instead of turning the lights off, you can switch out the bulbs. Sodium vapor bulbs are less attractive to most insect species. Others include halogen and dichroic yellow. On the other hand, mercury vapor, white fluorescent, and white incandescent lights generally attract insects.

Wasps and spiders can really do some damage to your garden if left untreated. The above are four of our best tips for deterring these pests from ruining your flourishing garden. We suggest that you try all of them to get the best results possible.

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Author Bio:  Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at facebook.com/brooke.chaplan or Twitter @BrookeChaplan

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