Facts About Lawn & Garden Pests
Everyone wants their backyard to be a safe place to enjoy a barbeque, grow a garden or kick around the soccer ball with the kids. This fun is ruined by pests like ticks and mosquitoes. Ticks can transmit illnesses like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever while mosquitoes can carry diseases such as yellow fever and malaria.
Damage & Disease Caused by Garden Pests
Lawn pests like mosquitoes or ticks don’t cause structural damage. The only real “damage" they pose is through the spread of disease. Mosquitoes are more of a nuisance pest, but they as well as ticks can transmit a variety of diseases that they transport from host to humans.
Infestations & How To Prevent Them
The two common lawn pests that can cause harm in the form of spreading disease are mosquitoes and ticks. An increase in mosquitoes can result from stagnant water and puddles that have collected from recent rain. That’s because, after a blood meal from you or your pets, female mosquitoes will then lay eggs in the water. It’s best to soak up or dry any excess water accumulating around your property so the mosquito infestation doesn’t get worse. As for ticks, they love to hide in tall grass. To prevent your yard from being a home for ticks, make sure to mow grass regularly. Ticks will crawl up to the top of a blade of grass and wave their legs around in an effort to latch on to a potential host like your dog or kids. This is called their “waiting position."
Types of Lawn & Garden Insects
Mosquitoes are one of the most common lawn pests and you’ll usually find more of them after it rains. Just listen for high-pitched buzzing in your ears -- it’s a mosquito.
There are several species of ticks throughout North America, but some of the common ones include the American dog tick, Rocky mountain deer tick, brown dog tick, and lone star tick. Each have distinct patterns that help you decipher them from each other. Ticks are notorious for spreading disease from hosts like the white-footed mouse to other mammals and humans, causing Lyme Disease, among others.
Identifying The Insects In Your Lawn or Garden
The easiest way to identify a mosquito is by the buzzing sound it makes in your ears. They range from ½ inch to 2 inches in size and have long narrow bodies, hairy wings, and straw-like mouths. The biggest difference in identifying types of ticks is usually found in the markings on their backs. The lone star tick, for instance, has a distinct white, star shape on its back that is a dead giveaway to the type of tick. The American dog tick, on the other hand, is larger with a reddish-brown back with white or yellow markings on it. H2: Lawn Pests In The Yard & The House Having an increase in ticks and mosquitoes can be the result of the same thing -- rain. It not only leaves pools of water around your yard for mosquitoes to breed in, but it causes the grass in your yard to become overgrown if unkept. Ticks thrive in tall grass, so if it’s been raining on and off for a few days, be sure to walk around your property and keep an eye out for pools of water. Mow your grass regularly to keep the ticks away.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do you prevent mosquitoes and ticks?
Make your property less hospitable to yard pests. You can remove leaf litter and brush, as well as mow regularly, including tall grass along your property lines. Create a barrier of wood chips or gravel, about three feet wide, between wooded areas and your lawn to prevent ticks from moving into that area. Discourage deer or other wildlife that may bring the ticks into your yard with them. Make sure drain any standing water as well, as mosquitoes use the puddles to breed. Look for water in your gutters, pool covers, and garbage cans. To keep mosquitoes from getting inside, install window screen and screen doors. If you find a tick in your home, it was most likely brought in by a pet or person.
Benefits of Professional Lawn Pest Pest Control
Preventative and ongoing treatment is best when it comes to yard pests. A pest management professional will do a full inspection of your home and property to identify the type of pest and areas where pest activity is the worst. Ticks and mosquitos are commonly treated in their egg or larval stages, when they are most vulnerable as well as the areas where they like to hide.