Anyone who has ever tried to maintain even the smallest of lawns knows that little pests can become a big problem. Whether you have a big or small flower garden or a vegetable patch, or if you have a few accents around the yard, you know that there are many different types of pests that can cause problems. Figuring out what you have and what you can do to deal with it, and then taking the steps needed to prevent having to again is a good way to go about handling pests in your yard or garden and improving your landscaping all around.
Underground rodents can become a serious problem if allowed to get out of control. The best method of dealing with these pests is prevention. Mole damage can become more extensive than simply tearing up the yard, these destructive little pests can also expose roots, kill trees, damage water lines and uproot sprinkler systems and also attract larger and more destructive pests that come to hunt the moles themselves. Mole repellent is generally the best way to deal with them, as it not only gets rid of the problem but doesn't actually harm the moles in any way.
The varieties of these usually use a vibration or the sun to make the moles leave your property where the vibrations reach and do not pose any sort of harm or danger to pets or kids.
Grasshoppers are another common plague for gardeners, particularly those who are looking to improve the aesthetics of their landscaping. These pests are one of the most destructive, common pests that cause issues for anyone with a garden, a farm or even croplands. There are many baits and different methods of deterrent- as most grasshoppers lay their eggs in the soil, so a good roto-tilling or floating row covers can help to eliminate this problem, but some find that they do have to resort to industrial pesticides to deal with the issue.
Another common pest that causes a big problem for landscapers are snails and slugs. Usually, reducing the kind of habitat that they prefer is best for control, so, eliminating lumber piles, debris, not overmulching- these are all things that can slow the snail or slug population down in your yard or garden. There are also a large number of home remedies from using shallow tins of beer to attract and drown the pests, to trapping them with cabbage and transplanting them, but also you can repel snails using diatomaceous earth and other products made specifically for that purpose.
Pest control is usually better managed by not having the issue with the pests in the first place, so creating a garden space that is not so hospitable to the ones you wish to avoid is generally a better way to go about things, rather than have a pest issue grow out of hand. Sure, in any garden or yard, there are going to be pests but if you find you've got a specific issue, there are usually preventive measures.