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Three Methods of Pest Control

Posted by San Diego Landscaper on Wednesday, 21 July , 2021

Every home gardener wants to control pests that can damage plants, but what is the best way to do this?  With so many options on the market, it can be difficult to know how to handle yard pest control. 

One of the first things you need to decide is whether you want to use organic pest control methods or chemicals.  There are many advantages to organic pest control, particularly the fact that it does not put chemicals into the soil or water supply.  On the other hand, many organic pest control methods are not as effective, particularly in the short term, as chemical pest control.  Most homeowners try to strike a balance between organic methods and limited chemical pest control for the best results.

Here are some options you have as a San Diego home or business owner:

  • Home remedies. There are plenty of recipes available on the Internet for home pest control.  Most of these are billed as organic, and some actually are.  However, many of these home remedies simply do not work as well as professional pest control, and may not pay back your time and effort with effective pest removal.  Many homeowners find that trying home remedies gives very limited success and is ultimately frustrating.
  • Purchased chemicals. Purchased chemical pest control options applied by the homeowner are another popular choice.  However, these chemicals can be harsh on the environment and can cause unintended pollution, particularly if applied improperly.  Homeowners who choose to use chemicals to control pests must be very careful to abide by all ordinances regarding their use and should try to avoid contaminating any possible groundwater or other water supplies.
  • Professional pest control. Many home and business owners choose to allow professionals to help them control outdoor pests.  While this is often a safer option than homeowner application of chemicals, there is still a risk that the products used by these professionals can result in unintended pollution of groundwater or soil.  Further, this option is by far the most expensive of the three and represents a significant cost for home and business owners.

There is one further option that can help home or business owners avoid the “pest problem”:  working with a professional landscape designer. 

Landscape designers offer the chance for homeowners to choose the right plants for their beds and yards.  A good landscape designer can help you find plants that are naturally pest-resistant.  In some cases, planting one type of plant next to another may solve the pest problem, as the second plants naturally attracts predators for the insects!  This type of natural pest control is a great way to avoid the problem of using chemicals but still achieve good results.

At Juniper Landscape Company, we have been helping San Diego homeowners achieve natural pest control for years with thoughtful landscape design.  Our experts can work with you to choose the right plants to prevent insect infestation and give you low-maintenance yard options.  Call us today to learn more about how we can help you design a pest-free yard.

Juniper Landscape Company is a provider of professional landscaping services in San Diego, we strive to make San Diego a beautiful place by doing business with integrity and creativity.


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