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Tips for Keeping Unwanted Pests Out of Your Garden This Summer

As we head into the growing season, it’s time to start planning your garden. After preparing the soil, you will be ready to plant seeds. As the seedlings sprout, you will have to tackle the weeds. Eventually, pests may come to eat and damage the flowers and vegetables that you have spent so much time cultivating. To get a jump on those anticipated insects and critters, here are a few tips to keep in mind.

Tips for Keeping Unwanted Pests Out of Your Garden This Summer

Install a fence

If you want to keep deer, rabbits, raccoons, and other wildlife away, put a fence around your garden. You could use stakes with chicken wire or a simple wooden fence. No matter what kind of material you choose to utilize, make sure to use something that will deter animals from burrowing under or through the fence. Some creatures can climb over it or jump above it. Decide which animals pose the biggest threat, and choose the best fence to protect your garden.

Use mechanical deterrents

Plant a mobile scarecrow with loose clothing or bagging that will flap in the breeze. Traditionally, these handmade figures have been largely successful in warding off birds and ground creatures that approach your garden. You can also use wind chimes to keep noise-sensitive invaders away. Installing a dog pen or a pet run near the garden may also be used to drive away pesky animals who are fearful of the smell, size, or sound of dogs. There are high-frequency noise detectors with a pitch inaudible to humans that can be heard by wildlife and will repel them. Sensor motion lights posted on your shed or garage near the garden may also help to scare away animals at night.

Apply natural repellents

Certain herbs and minerals will keep various pests away. Some flying insects don’t like the scent of citrus, for example. Try a homemade spray of garlic oil or hot pepper juice to get rid of plant insects. A basic soap and water spray works against several types of crawling insects that can eat and destroy your plant leaves. You can find nontoxic, eco-friendly wildlife repellent products ready for use at a garden center or nursery. You can also order them online.

Get professional help

If your pest control problem is too difficult to handle, call the experts for assistance. A professional pest control service can quickly evaluate the problem and provide the right treatment efficiently and effectively. Avoid the risk of personal injury by a huge wasp nest, for example, by letting the professionals handle it with safety equipment.

Start planning now to keep pests out of your garden this season. Use tips like these to protect your garden from local wildlife and insects.

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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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