Most of us recoil at the sight of insects within our homes, and are eager to seek pest control services to eradicate the problem. But what about your yard? Some homeowners feel its best to make peace with nature, but is that always the right approach?

First, let’s be clear: Yes, insects are an important part of the ecosystem. Without bees, for example, plants that produce flowers and vegetables would not reproduce. So even if it were possible, we certainly wouldn’t suggest attempting to eradicate your landscape of all insects!

On the other hand, yes you do need to be aware of potential problems brewing within your own yard.

Check for termites. Any area of the yard that houses rotting wood, such as an old woodpile, a dilapidated shed, or just old tree stumps, could provide the ideal home for termites. After a while the colony will reproduce, and their progeny will look for a new place to set up shop. And guess where they’ll go? Possibly right into your home.

Guard against mosquitos. Areas of standing water can encourage mosquitos to proliferate quickly, and you know what that means: Every time you step outside, you’re covered in itchy bites. Mosquitos are annoying but can occasionally transmit diseases, too, so you definitely want to discourage their presence in your yard.

Watch out for ants. Many ants are relatively harmless, but fire ants pack a painful sting. And like termites, carpenter ants are also known to burrow into softened wood structures. If you don’t want your house to be next, check your property for the presence of carpenter ants.

Discourage roaches. Roaches can be first drawn to a home because of available garbage, pet food, or discarded leftovers from cookouts. Make sure to secure your trash bin and pet food supplies, and clean up after cookouts rather than waiting until the following morning.

Of course, sometimes despite our best efforts a pest situation does develop in the yard. If you’re feeling concerned about this possibility, especially with regard to termites and carpenter ants, call us for professional pest control services and we’ll help you address the problem.