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Spring has sprung a bit early this year, leaving many homeowners and gardeners a bit shell-shocked. They were unprepared for the extra warm temperatures, which are already reaching the 90s in some parts of the country, and averaging 2 degrees higher year over year.
And with this unexpected warm weather comes a fury of unwanted problems, including outdoor pets. Termites and ants, in particular, like to burrow when the sun is out, and the ground is moist from rain and humidity. To make matters worse, last winter’s temperatures weren’t cold enough to kill off a lot of these pests, meaning there are more. And it’s only just begun.
Homeowners are already complaining about termites and carpenter bees eating into their wooden decks outdoors. Old shade trees are being victimized by termites and ants. Lacebugs are eating and destroying azaleas. It can be very disheartening for the homeowner who takes great pride in maintaining a beautiful, inviting garden.
There are proper steps you can take to ensure the health of your garden and lawn remain intact, so that you can enjoy flowers in full bloom and continue to grow vegetables and herbs.
First of all, as a gardener, you need to exercise your due-diligence by regularly inspecting your plants. (By the way, if you haven’t planted tomatoes yet for the season, it’s best to wait until early to mid-May). You’ll notice tunnels in your soil if you have a termite problem. You’ll notice ant piles and be able to see most ant problems with your own two eyes.
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Inspect pears, apples, tomatoes for fungi (these can be problematic in warm weather too) that can spoil fruits and other plants. Inspect leaves for holes from bugs too. Notice any irregularities? You could have a pest control problem.
If you notice any of the issues mentioned above, you should contact your local pest control company to discuss your treatment options. Often times, an exterminator will need to come out to diagnose the problem, but he or she can identify the problem and help you determine the proper course of treatment. You may be able to salvage your garden, even with treatment and Surprises that arrive just in time. Ask about eco-friendly treatments that won’t harm you, your family, or your own pets.
An exterminator can also advise you on how to avoid the problem in the future, including particular bugs and fungi your garden may be prone to, depending on where you live and the type of plants you grow.
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