I work hard to keep a nice lawn. It not only looks good, but it helps maintain or increase the value of your home. But all of this can be quickly ruined by pests. Whether you have squirrels, rabbits, moles, skunks, or something bigger, these little guys can be a real pain in the neck.
So to protect my yard, and also to keep me from going insane, I set out to find the best way to keep these little buggers away from my house. There are a lot of different things you can do, but some are more effective than others.
Here are some of the best methods I found:
Build a fence
This is perhaps the most obvious thing to do when trying to control pests, but it isn’t always the first thing we think of.
If squirrels or rabbit are getting into your garden and eating your vegetables, simply surround the garden with a wire fence. This works best if you are using raised beds, as nothing will be able to dig underneath the fence.
But fences only work for smaller areas. When pests are getting into your lawn, you may not want to or be able to build a fence large enough to surround the whole area. Fences can be expensive to build, and if you don’t maintain them properly, you can end up with holes, making them virtually useless.
This is usually the first thing we think of for controlling pests. Most of us have probably had a problem with mice in our houses at one time or another, and the best way to take care of this is to set traps.
These are good because they do the work for you. All you need to do is set it up somewhere near where you’ve seen evidence of the pest, put some bait and wait. The most effective bait is meat, such as chicken liver or canned fish, but other stuff works too. Peanut butter, nuts and also sweets like gum and candy work as well.
However, there are some downsides to traps. For example, few of them actually kill the pests. They simply trap them, and it is up to you to take them to another place and release them. Sometimes this works fine. But if the animal is particularly attached to that area because it sees it as a secure source of food, or if you don’t release it far enough away, it may find its way back into your yard.
Also, it doesn’t guarantee you get rid of all pests. If you have a serious problem, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to trap them faster than they can reproduce, especially if you are dealing animals known to multiply quickly, such as rabbits.
It’s also tougher to trap larger animals, such as skunks or opossums. And should you trap a skunk, you can imagine it won’t be happy when you find it. This can get messy quick.
Use an air rifle
I’m not really much of a gun guy, so I wouldn’t recommend you go out firing at these pests with a shotgun, but using an air rifle is a surprisingly effective way to control pest populations.
These guns are quieter and safer than regular firearms, but they still have enough firepower to kill smaller pests. While this may seem drastic, it is effective—it gets rid of the pests for good.
Since you will need to sit around and take aim at these critters, you’ll end up spending more time on pest control. But you can be sure you are removing these undesired guests from your home forever. Also, the noise these things give off, while not overbearing, is enough to scare animals away. A few days or weeks of pest control and you should be free of your problem for good.
Of course there are some other things to consider with using an air rifle. First, you may want to let your neighbors know what you’re up to so that they don’t get scared. But if you take the time to find a quality air rifle, you can get something that is effective without being too disruptive.
Also, since you need to be the one taking aim, you can really only do pest control when there is light. For some animals, such as squirrels and rabbits, this is no problem, but it will be tough to get nocturnal pests, such as skunks and opossums.
And you also need to practice a bit. If you’re like me, you probably aren’t the most accurate shot, so this might seem like a lost cause at the beginning. Luckily, though, the pellets aren’t expensive, and most rifles come with a scope to help you aim.
Go get those pests
Don’t let these annoying little things get in the way of a healthy, beautiful lawn. We all work hard to maintain our gardens and yards, and it can be incredibly frustrating to have them ruined by pests.
Hopefully this information has helped you understand the best methods for pest control out there so that you can take care of this problem before it gets out of hand.