Pest Control: Tree Edition
Over time your tree becomes like a family member that never moves and provides you with shade. The last thing you want is for your leaf-covered, bark-covered cousin to be plagued by hostile insects or parasitic plants below. Want to keep your green-haired relative healthy and pest free? Here’s how you can get mosquito pest control in your area. Besides that, here is a list of trees that can help you with natural pest control.
We’re starting with a common problem. Do your children constantly run inside with ant bites after attempting to scale your family’s tree? These little armies can be a real problem if not taken care of immediately upon being noticed- they’ll stretch their territory into your house if you aren’t careful. To get rid of them, pour vinegar down the base of your tree and over its roots. It will act as a repellent as well as eliminate the scent trails ants rely on for travel.
Don’t you hate walking past your lawn’s tree and discovering urine all over it? Yet another dog has marked your tree as its territory. To avoid this annoying occurrence, you have two choices. By purchasing a sonic repellent unit (a device that emits a painful, yet the harmless sound that only dogs can hear), you can protect your tree. The secondary option is a little more of an ‘old wives’ tale’. By pouring human urine at the base of your tree every few months, you’ll keep stray dogs away. Your choice.
- Fruit Flies?
If your tree has fruits growing on it and falling below it, you’ll have some flying visitors in no time. If you want to avoid these disease-carrying nuisances, be sure to sweep away fallen fruits right into the garbage. Or your neighbor’s yard. Whatever.
It seems like when your tree is most thirsty, there are dozens of little freeloading weeds tangled around it to steal water. You’ll need either a safe weed killer or your bare hands to erase this issue.
- The Bug Zapper?
Want to rid your tree of its annoying flying pests? A nice, glowing bug zapper can be the perfect defense. Place it nearby to give your tree a nightlight and a way of clearing the hostile airspace around it.
- A Bee Hive? Hornet’s Nest?
Whoa, whoa! Put down that rake! No! Don’t use the paint gun! Never is it wise to try to remove a beehive or hornets’ nest yourself. Your life is not a cartoon in need of comedic home improvement sketches. You should contact an animal control unit or specialty service to remove the problem. One sting from these little soldiers releases a pheromone that attracts the others to attack you. Get too close and you’ll alarm the inhabitants- making one sting lead to a thousand.
- Tree-Hugging Bug Bands?
These inexpensive ‘belts’ will repel damaging insects from your living tree. By fastening one around the trunk of your tree, you prevent your tree from being plagued by most caterpillars, gypsy moths, cankerworms, some flying insects, carpenter ants, earwigs, linden loopers, and bruce spanworm!
- Regular Watering?
A strong and healthy tree is the best defense against potential pests. Though trees look like the rulers of the plant kingdom, they still need one essential helping hand from you- water. If it’s the dry time of year, make sure to regularly water your tree to keep it healthy and safe.
- Nutrient-Sucking Insects?
This variety of pests is infamous for sucking the life out trees through their leaves and twigs. They’ll leave your wood-based friend dry and dying if allowed to go unchecked. Generally, they move very little- preferring to form a hard, protective shell around their bodies while they leech plant juice from their host. A strong insecticide is recommended for killing off these pests- through a healthy tree is good at preventing their appearance in the first place.
Don’t like the idea of mice hollowing out part of your beloved tree into a personal dwelling? While a few mouse traps won’t do the trick, there are numerous odorless poisons on that market that will do the trick. Just be sure to find one that doesn’t damage plant-life or pets!