These Tricks And Tools Get Rid Of Annoying Backyard Pests


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Try these tools and tricks to get rid of summer’s most unwelcome visitors:


You don’t want to kill these guys because they pollinate plants (bees) and kill other insects (wasps). But, you also don’t want them taking up residence too close to your home.

To discourage wasps from building nests in your yard:

  • Keep your trashcans covered.
  • Put up a fake nest. The Original Waspinator looks like a wasp nest and discourages the wasps from creating a nest nearby.

If you don’t have a nesting problem, a Wasp Bag Trap will work for both bees and wasps. Use it only as a last resort because bee populations are declining and bees are needed to pollinate plants and crops.

Honey bees are so in demand that a local beekeeper might be willing to help you relocate your honey bees.

Wasps and bees can be dangerous. Before attacking their hives or nests, check out this description of what can happen.

I can refer you to a pest control professional experienced in dealing with bees and wasps.


For prevention, make sure you don’t have any areas with stagnant water. This is where mosquitoes can breed and lay their eggs.

Shine a light on your outdoor activities and keep mosquitoes at bay with these products:


Ticks can be harmful to both you and your pets because they transmit Lyme and other diseases. You can use chemical repellents, but there are some easier things you can do in your yard to help prevent their presence.

Keep your grass cut short, and clean up leaf piles and other yard debris. This is where ticks live, and reducing where they hang out will reduce their presence.

Ticks don’t like to go across gravel or wood chips. Placing a gravel or wood-chip buffer along the edge of your yard (and between grassy and wooded areas) makes it harder for ticks to cross into your lawn.


While flies don’t cause as much trouble as the other insects on our list, they can be bothersome pests. A disposable flytrap will catch flies, but they often smell bad and they’ll attract flies from all over into your yard.

You might be better off doing these things in your yard to help reduce numbers:

  • Clean up after your animals and mow the lawn. Flies are attracted to strong odors and high grass.
  • Get rid of stagnant water. Keep water in birdbaths fresh.

While many of us dislike spiders, they are the natural predator of flies. If you allow spiders to make their webs, they’ll kill flies.