What can I do to deter pests from my property?

Making the area around your property inhospitable to pests is a tall order without professional help, but there are several things you can do to make the area less attractive. In the summer, make sure that you’ve eliminated any areas that allow for standing water. Mosquitoes can lay eggs in pools of water the size of a bottle cap, which makes this task quite difficult if you have a large yard. That said, you can take simple steps such as draining kiddie pools, bringing pet bowls inside, and picking up children’s toys. You should also keep firewood at least 20 feet away from your home, keep your grass and bushes trimmed, and watch pets who spend time in the yard for any unusual behavior.