Spring is undoubtedly an exciting time of the year to be out in the garden. It’s time to feed the plants, care for the lawn, fertilise and weed. Spring is undoubtedly an exciting time of the year to be out in the garden. It’s time to feed the plants, care for the lawn, fertilise and weed. That being said, it’s important to be aware of pest dangers, find ways to repel them, and keep safe from interception and bites.
When possible, wear protective clothing in the garden including long-sleeved shirts, long pants, socks and shoes. To reduce your chances of being bitten, use an insect repellent against mosquitoes especially on exposed skin and on thin clothing. Exclude mosquitoes from your home by installing tight-fitting insect screens on windows and doors.
To manage mosquito populations in your garden, take a look at areas in which they breed. These include sources of standing water, such as plant saucers, bird baths, and old tyres. Ensure that your pet water dishes are replaced frequently with fresh water.
Ticks often ‘hitch a ride’ on a passing host, and they do so by making their way to the edge of leaves and branches. If your garden is prone to ticks protect yourself by tucking your pants into socks, keep lawns manicured, and remove debris and compost piles.
Don’t forget to perform full-body tick checks after you have spent time in the garden. Inspect your pets regularly too as they can bring them inside your home.
It’s best to survey the area before you garden, especially if there are spider webs around. Understand which spider species can be dangerous. If you need to pick anything up such a pot, a bin or some gardening tools, take a quick look before you put your hands on it to grab it.
Wear protective gloves and clothing and ensure wear shoes and avoid bare feet when you’re outside.
Wasps can be quite aggressive and are attracted to food and drink containers. Whilst in the garden, take care and check these before you eat or drink from them.
If you spot a wasp nest, don’t aggravate it or attempt removal. Contact your professional pest control company to manage the nest in the appropriate protective wear and using safety tools and equipment.
To help prevent unfortunate encounters:
- Carefully survey your garden area of any problem pests
- Apply insect repellent to any exposed skin or thing clothing
- Wear a hat and gardening globes