Preventative Tips to Control Bugs in Summer
Summer bug control tips include suggestions that don’t rely on whether nature’s summer bug plague arrives early or if pests invade your garden later in the season. Controlling summer bugs by using preventive measures will produce healthier plants and grass with less money spent on insecticides.
Preventive bug control in your garden
Controlling summer bugs in your garden can be tricky because spraying harmful chemicals on food-producing plants can be dangerous. Choose natural preventive measures over chemical products when possible, not only to protect your family and pets, but also to protect the environment.
Preheat the soil — After cultivating the soil in your garden, place clear plastic sheets over the beds before planting. This bug control technique heats the soil and helps to kill any lingering soil-loving bugs from last year, such as carpenter worms, grubs, webworms and weevils.
Non-chemical methods — Controlling summer bugs can be as easy as using a strong stream of water from your garden hose to wash away bugs during an early stage of infestation. Other non-chemical bug control methods include using floating row covers, barriers or traps.
Helpful companion plants — Sometimes the best defense against bugs is to lure them away from your garden by planting friendly plants nearby. Tomato horn worms are repelled by borage when planted nearby. Planting mint or peppermint will repel aphids, cabbage moths and flea beetles.
Attract good bugs — Not all bugs are bad for your garden. When you attract good bugs that prey on the bad bugs instead of eating your plants, a natural army is formed to defend your vegetables. Good bugs, such as cryptolaemus beetles, lady bugs, lacewings, parasitic nematodes and parasitic wasps, will make your garden their home if they find borage, dill, hyssop, nasturtium, parsley, peppermint, sage, sweet alyssum and stinging nettle.
Neatness counts — A simple way for controlling summer bugs is to keep your garden neat by cleaning up plant debris that attracts insects. Bugs seek overgrown, weedy environments to breed and lay their eggs.
Preventive summer bug control in your yard
Effective bug control means keeping a watchful eye each day on your lawn and flower beds. Serious insect damage can happen overnight when temperatures soar.
Controlling water — You might think that your lawn will look like a golf course fairway if you water it frequently, but that’s not always true. A smart summer bug control tip is to water deeply but less frequently to promote healthy grass root growth. When you water more frequently, but for shorter periods of time, grass roots grow shallow, making them easy targets for bugs that dine on roots.
Go easy on fertilizer — Summer bug control becomes more difficult if you use a heavy hand when applying nitrogen applications to your lawn. Instead of feeding your grass, you’ll encourage the growth of weeds such as rapid leaf and chlorophyll. Invasive bugs love these buffet foods and will quickly take up residence in your yard. When it comes to fertilizer application, be conservative or you risk a hoard of uninvited guests.
Don’t over cut grass — The height of your grass also affects summer bug control. Grass that’s cut too short will burn out during a heat wave, but also keeping your grass shafts longer acts as a natural barrier to keep bugs from invading your lawn.