As winter approaches, and insects are less active, most of us are content to enjoy the break from constantly swatting bugs, without thinking too much about preventing future infestations. But winter is a great time of year to get a head start on a pest-free springtime.

If you need quality pest control services, our team of specialists at The Bug Man, Inc. are available year-round. But you don’t have to wait until you have a full-blown infestation on your hands before you call us. We’re also happy to work with you to develop a preventative plan to stop insect infestations before they start. Here are a few basic tips to prepare your yard for spring:

  1. Control yard vegetation-One of the best ways to keep bugs away is to eliminate their habitats. Your lawn doesn’t grow nearly as fast during cold weather, but it’s still a good idea to mow at least once a month. Bushes and shrubs need to be regularly pruned, as well as any other plants that are close to your home. This is also a good time to plant marigolds, citronella, and garlic, all of which have natural insect repellent properties.
  2. Eliminate standing water sources-Insects love to lay eggs in stagnant water, so be sure to empty pet food dishes after feeding, and address any drainage issues near your home.
  3. Chemical treatments-Insecticides are an important part of a treatment plan, but it often takes multiple treatments to see results due to surviving offspring. Repellents can be far more effective if used properly, and they’ll let your uninvited guests know that they’re not welcome.

This is the time of year when we don’t spend a lot of time outdoors, and we tend to take it for granted that we get to enjoy a few relatively bug-free months. But they’re out there, and they’re coming. Are you ready? The good news is that you don’t have to face them alone. Since 1976, The Bug Man. Inc., has been one of central Arkansas’s leading pest control companies, and we’re ready to help you develop a plan to keep your home and yard pest-free year round. We offer several affordable service plans, and your satisfaction is always guaranteed. If you have any other questions, or if you’d like to schedule a free estimate, click here, or give us a call at (501) 663-9464.