If you’re like me, this is the time of year when you are working on the garden, planting and mulching and sprucing up the yard. While out digging around, the inevitable underground bugs were found and in attack mode. I’ve got to say, I’m not a big fan of bugs. I know I need some insects to help pollinate the new plants I have set out and encourage the beautiful blooms that make my hard work in the yard pay off with a bright and colorful display. I do have to say though I am NOT a fan of the stinging insects. The pests that hitch a ride on my shoe and find what seems like the most painful part of my ankle/foot that I thought were covered by my “mom” socks. (You know, the socks that go above the ankle that make your teenage kids roll their eyes and smirk a little when they see you!) As hard as I try to cover up with protective clothing, pests are still out there.
If you have allergies to insect stings, the point is moot and insect control is needed to keep them away from you. If this is not the case for you, how do you strike that fine balance between getting rid of the “bad” bugs and keeping the “good” ones? The truth is, there is not a perfect solution. A compromise must be reached. Personally, I do find the need to treat for pests in the yard if I want to keep my family and pets safe and free to roam the back yard and keep fleas, fire ants and mosquitoes off of them. I also want to keep underground pests like grubs, beetles and webworms from chewing on my lawn’s grass and plant roots that I’ve worked so hard on. Another option I am trying is using large ornamental pots for the plants that I want to see flower annually. I can treat the ground area below and away them to keep the ground insects at bay and try to keep some of the beneficial pests still around to pollinate them above. I am also trying to keep the plants that need the beneficial insects together so that I can treat other areas of the yard around them. It’s still a give and take method. Some of the beneficial pests may be affected since there is not a spray that will kill one and leave another pest if they are directly sprayed. I may still see some occasional nuisance pests in the yard but for the most part, I will be able to enjoy the yard again. Be sure to contact Bio-Tech Pest Control if you have any yard insect questions or to schedule a service at 281-296-6022.