Pest Prevention & Protection Measures
Take a look at these guidelines for preventing household pests, pest infestations as well as the potentially damaging health and property threats they cause. Learn how to prevent bugs and rodents from getting into your home, how to protect yourself from outdoor insects like mosquitoes and bees and ways to protect your family and property from disease and property damage.
- Seal off cracks and holes on the exterior of the home; including access points for utilities and pipes.
- Maintain tree branches and bushes properly trimmed and away from the house.
- Keep cellars, attics, and crawl spaces properly ventilated and free of moisture.
- Stock garbage in sealed storage units and dispose of it on a regular basis.
- Fix fascia and sofits and rotted roofing materials; as many insects are attracted to deteriorating wood.
- Replace weather-stripping and fix loose mortar around basement foundation and home windows.
- Place fire wood no less than 20 feet away from the house and five inches off the floor.
- In any event, contact a certified pest professional to get more assistance and treatment if needed.
Pest Prevention Measures
- The simplest way to prevent insect damage in your garden is to discourage them from coming in the first place. A healthy garden is the best defense.
- Firstly, pull out any weak plants. As these may already be infected. If not, they will attract predators. Pull the plant and dispose of it away from the garden.
- Build healthy, organic soil. Natural composting methods, mulching and top-dressing your soil with compost or natural fertilizer is the best way to develop strong, vigorous plants.
- Seaweed mulch or spray. Overall, seaweed contains trace elements such as iron, zinc, barium, calcium, sulfur and magnesium, which promote healthy development in plants. Seaweed fertilizer in either a mulch or spray form will enhance growth and give plants the strength to withstand disease. A seaweed mulch also repels slugs.
- Minimize insect habitat. Clear garden area of debris and weeds which are breeding places for insects. Likewise, use clean mulch.
- Interplant and rotate crops. Insect pests are often plant specific. When plantings are mixed; pests are less likely to spread througho the crop. Rotating crops each year is a common method to avoid re-infestation of pests which have over-wintered in the bed.
- Keep foliage dry. Water early so foliage will be dry for most of the day. Wet foliage encourages insect and fungal damage to your plants. See Pest Control Auckland page on drip-irrigation for methods of delivering water to the root systems without wetting the foliage.
- Disinfect. If you’ve been working with infested plants, clean your tools before moving on to other garden areas. Thus reducing the speed of invading insects.