During the fall one can be inspired and amazed at the beautiful foliage provided by the colour change of the leaves. Along with the awe-inspiring beauty comes a need to start thinking about fall cleanup. Yard cleanup in the fall plays an important role in keeping pests out of your home this winter and helps you reduce pests in your yard next spring. Here are a few things you should know.
BUGS LOVE MOISTURE
When leaves fall from the trees and create a layer in your yard, it sets the stage for moisture issues in the fall and spring. Moisture is an attractant for a wide range of creatures. If you take the time rake your lawn routinely in the fall, you’ll make your yard a whole lot less interesting to fall pests.
BUGS LAY THEIR EGGS UNDER ORGANIC DEBRIS
Another reason to remove leaf clutter is to keep bugs from laying eggs underneath. It is okay to have scattered leaves but when leaves pile up, it is a recipe for bug population growth.
RODENTS LOVE CLUTTER
Bugs are not the only critters that enjoy a layer of leaves. Rodents are skittish creatures that avoid open spaces. When leaves stack up in your yard, it can make rodents feel safe in your yard. And, since rodents are top on the list of overwintering pests, this is definitely something you don’t want to do in the fall.