We recommend a multi-pronged approach to flea, mosquito and tick control
Pests are a fact of life in the outdoors, but there are ways to make your yard less hospitable to them. Opinions differ about the “best” forms of pest management, but in reality, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. At Borst Landscape & Design, we recommend taking a holistic approach. In addition to our organic spray treatments, we recommend incorporating pest-repellent landscaping and routine lawn care as effective measures to take for flea, mosquito and tick control.
For your pets, your family, and yourself, it’s a good idea to take action against disease-carrying biting pests. Call on a Borst professional today to discuss how our flea, mosquito and tick control services could work for you. Reach us by phone at (201)989-0902 or request a quote online.
Pest Control Starts With the Day-to-Day
Flea, mosquito and tick control happens on multiple fronts. For fleas and ticks specifically, it’s good to keep a regular habit of removing rotting leaves, logs and branches where they like to hideout.
Trimming shrubs and trees can also help limit the places ticks and fleas can thrive. Manicured lawns and sunny clearings are natural forms of flea, mosquito and tick control.
For mosquitos, a good rule of thumb is to eliminate sources of standing water. Overturned garbage bin lids or tarps left out in the rain can become a breeding ground for (literally) thousands of mosquitos.
Let Plants Do the Work
There are a plethora of plants that pests can’t stand. Lucky for us, a lot of them smell heavenly. Familiar herbs such as basil, rosemary, and thyme are all useful tools in flea, mosquito and tick control — and on top of that, they’re great kitchen staples. A Borst professional can help you determine which plants work best for the light and soil conditions present in your yard. In the meantime, take a look at some of the benefits of pest-repellant plants:
If your feline companion rolls around in a patch of catnip, they’ll end up bathed in the sharp, cool scent of mint. Turns out, pests are not a fan. According to researchers from the American Chemical Society, catnip is 10 times more effective than DEET, a common ingredient in conventional insect repellant.
Plant catnip in full sun, either in pots or garden beds. A warning though, catnip is very hardy and easily propagates itself. It may easily take over a garden if left unchecked — although, you may want a garden of catnip to ward off flea invasions.
Lemon Balm is a star in pest prevention. The citrusy smell given off by its leaves is an excellent form of flea, mosquito and tick control. They all hate it! Like catnip, lemon balm has a tendency to spread. So, it is advised to keep it in pots unless you want a lot of it.