Pests: Gardener Considerations
A discussion about what gardeners should consider when planting and mulching so as to reduce the risk of pest problems in/around the house or other structure.
- Pests can carry allergens into the home. Their feces can also cause allergic reactions adn their shedding skin can pollute your indoor air.
- Knowing what kind of ants you have is an important step in control, as some are particular about what baits they will feed on. Baits are a safer and effective option for most ants.
- Carpenter ants are major structural pests in some parts of the country. While they don't eat wood, their well-muscled jaws are capable of hollowing out solid pine or fir lumber to make nest galleries.
- A single house mouse leaves behind 3,000 micro droplets of urine a day. This urine, which contains a host of bacteria and viruses, lies wherever the mouse has traveled.