Here in the state of California, your yard acts as an extension of your home. It provides you with additional space to entertain, stretch out, relax, and of course enjoy the great outdoors. Known for its moderate climate, especially in the southern region of the state, it’s extremely important to most homeowners that they are able to have that outdoor space.
So, what happens when pests start to overtake your yard and you are no longer able to enjoy it? If you’re being held hostage by unwanted yard pests, here’s a look at what you can do to remedy the situation.
Common Pests You May Encounter
The types of pests you encounter differ greatly depending on what state you live in. The climate is a big dictating factor and can result in rather minimal pest issues, or larger ones such as what you’d find in Californian cities and towns. California’s warm climate is perfect for such unwanted guests as ants, spiders (in particular black widow spiders, which are toxic), cockroaches, termites, and more.
Each of these pests presents their own list of health and safety dangers to both people and your household pets, so it’s important they are dealt with as quickly as possible. Some can even end up causing serious damage to your home, such as termites.
Find Signs That They are Present
While some infestation of pests is quite obvious, other times it’s not always so clear. If you think you’re having an issue with pests, it’s a good idea to look around and do a visual inspection of your yard. Look for signs of damage, droppings, nests, webs, etc. If you start to find the signs, then you know for sure you’ve got a problem.
Don’t Attempt to Get Rid of Them Yourself
Many of these outdoor pests can be quite dangerous to try to get rid of. Take for example the black widow spider. These are toxic spiders so you need to recognize them immediately and call a professional who is trained in removing them. These spiders tend to hang out in garages and out houses on properties. If you’ve found one there is a chance you could have more, so it’s really best to leave it to the professionals.
Sometimes the problem is so big that a professional really is the only person that can do the job correctly. This is usually the case with termites that can end up building massive mud tubes and destroy the structure of your home.
Even the ants in California aren’t something you want to tackle on your own, as they often turn out to be fire ants which are known for the painful sting they give. They tend to be quite aggressive and will attack without being provoked.
Address the Problem Head On
Outdoor pests are not only annoying and take away from your tranquil setting, but they can be dangerous to your health and the structure of your home. This is why it’s best to address the problem head on as soon as you realize it exists.