Fall outdoor prep isn’t only for lawn maintenance; it’s also a time to seal up your home from unwanted guests. Now is the time to guard against pests, as they try to seek to stay warm inside your house during the cold winter months. Failing to maintain the outside perimeter of your home properly can create an open invitation for spiders, ants, cockroaches, mice, and rats.
Rodents carry diseases and can cause structural damage by gnawing through wires and nesting in insulation. Cockroaches also spread disease through their droppings and saliva, which can trigger asthma attacks. No one wants to risk disease and damage because they didn’t correctly safeguard their home. In preparation for winter, homeowners should be proactive and vigilant in preventing pests from coming indoors with these fall pest-proofing tips:
- Seal any openings around your home
- Seal cracks and gaps around windows and doors
- Repair rips and holes in window and door screens
- Install a chimney cap
- Store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage in sealed receptacles
- Survey the conditions around your home to ensure they aren’t attracting pests and rodents
The best way to protect your home and to avoid any type of pest infestation during the winter is with professional pest control in Butler, Pa. Contact Custom Lawn Care, Inc. for all of your pest problems this fall and throughout the year.
In our last post, we told you about the best time to rake leaves, and how to prepare for raking. Here is a quick guide to effective raking, and some smart ways to use those leaves once you’re done with them:
Before You Rake
In our last post, we mentioned that it is best to wait until nearly all the leaves have fallen to rake your lawn. While this is sound advice, you will still want to deal with the leaves that fall earlier. Mow your lawn on a regular basis with a mulching mower or use a bag attachment on your mower to maintain your lawn health as the fall progresses. Do this when the leaves are dry, and the wind is still.
When you’re raking your lawn, you should also be removing thatch – dead grass that builds up between the grass and the soil. It is important to remove it on a regular basis to maintain lawn health. Using the right raking method allows you to both rake your leaves and remove thatch.
Rake vigorously and deeply, making sure the tines of the rake reach all the way down to the thatch. Go slowly so that you can make sure you didn’t miss any spots.
This raking technique can be tiring and uses muscles that you probably don’t use that much. Make sure you take breaks from time to time and switch your hand grip. The correct posture to rake leaves is to keep your back straight and your knees bent.
Reusing the Leaves
Leaves can be used as compost for your garden or as mulch, so don’t let them go to waste! Reusing your leaves can save you plenty of money when it’s time to do your landscaping in the spring.
When you need quality landscaping services, including lawn pest control in Butler, PA, call Custom Lawn Care, Inc. at (724) 287-3149.
Lawn grubs are the larvae of beetles that eat the roots of your grass, and they are typically most active in late summer. These pests can kill sections of your lawn, and as they grow into beetles and begin creating more grubs, you could eventually end up with a completely dead lawn.
What are Lawn Grubs?
Lawn grubs grow into either chafer beetles or Japanese beetles. They can also occasionally come from other beetle species, but these are the most common.
How to Spot Lawn Grubs
The best way to tell if you have an infestation of lawn grubs is to cut into the soil and attempt to pull up the sod. If you can pull it up easily, this is a sign that grubs have eaten the root system of your lawn. Look under the grass for larvae, and if you find more than ten of these pests within a square foot of soil, you are dealing with an infestation. If you see many peoples on and around your property, this can also indicate that you may have lawn grubs.
When grubs damage your lawn, you may notice irregular brown patched in your yard. You may also see torn-up patches of lawn where crows and raccoons have dug into your yard to eat the grubs.
If you suspect that your lawn is infested with grubs, call an experienced pest control expert to apply pesticides to your property. Custom Lawn Care Inc. provides lawn pest control in Butler, PA, and the surrounding area.