Ways to Pest Proof Your Lake Home Yard
One of the best things about having a lake home or Lakeview home is getting outside and enjoying the gorgeous outdoor spaces that your home has. One thing that quickly detours from the enjoyment of your outdoor spaces at your lake home is the presence of pests in your yard. Here are some ways you can keep pests away from your beautiful lake home outdoor spaces.
Pests including mice, moles, squirrels, gophers, rats, several species of spiders, and many insects do not enjoy the smell of peppermint. You can either keep pests at bay by planting peppermint, soaking cotton balls in peppermint oil and dropping them around the garden or in holes where pests dig, or simply burning some essential oil or peppermint scented candles in an outdoor living space where you would prefer pests to stay away.
Use a smarter sandbox
If no one in your home is allergic to cinnamon add a bit of cinnamon to the sandbox play area this will keep out ants, centipedes, and a host of other pests. To keep neighborhood cats and other animals that might like to use sand as a place to relieve themselves make sure your sand play space has a cover that is always on when the sand is not in use.
It sounds a bit odd, but using human hair is very helpful to keep pests such as snakes out of your yard. Simply grab the hair out of a hairbrush and sprinkle it around the perimeter of your yard, just the smell of this will deter snakes to go hang out in another area away from your yard.
Make use of shedding dog hair
In the same way that human hair deters snakes, dog hair will deter animals including rabbits, raccoons, squirrels, and more. So save those clumps of annoying shedding dog hair and make use of them in your garden.
Keep out possums with camphor oil
Possums are not all bad, they eat a host of insects, but if they are a pesky issue in your lake yard you can keep them out of your trees by mixing together camphor oil and petroleum jelly to make a paste and use it by spreading around the base of trees. The smell of this mixture will deter the possum to another neighborhood tree.
Mothballs for skunks
Mothballs are not just great for getting rid of a math problem, sprinkle them around the yard and keep skunks away. Just make sure that your household pet does not get a hold of them and eat them.
Keep pests out of outdoor trash cans
To keep critters that like to roam through the garbage away regularly spray your outdoor trash cans with a mixture of one part ammonia and one part water.
Keep deer from snacking on your garden
Hanging small pieces of deodorant bar soap from trees or dryer sheets around the garden will keep deer away and from making a snack out of your pretty flowers or feasting on fruits that you took much hard work and time to grow.
Plant gladiolus on the border
A simple border of pretty Gladiolas will keep deer from coming into your garden and feasting in areas you would rather keep them out of. This is a pretty alternative to using items like dryer sheets.
Keep the neighbor's pets from hanging out in your garden
We all have a neighbor or two that feels it is no big deal to have their pet roam free through the neighborhood. If you would rather not have your neighbor pet in your garden you can sprinkle some citrus rinds directly on the soil to keep cats, dogs, and other neighborhood animals away from your plants.
You work hard to keep your lake home yard looking nice so that you can enjoy your gorgeous outdoor space near the lake. With these simple and easy tricks, you can keep your yard free of pests and more enjoyable.
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NTREIS data last updated February 4, 2023.