Here are some tips to make your home and landscape less of a target for pest and insect infestation:

Here are some tips to make your home and landscape less of a target for pest and insect infestation:  

Choose plants wisely: Many insect and disease issues can be prevented by selecting plants that are less prone to insect problems. For example, native plants are less inviting to pests when planted where sun and soil are right for them.

Essential nutrients: Proper fertilization is essential to strong plant development and helping to sustain optimum plant growth and resistance to insects, diseases and environmental stresses. When fertilized properly, plants are supplied with the essential nutrients (i.e. nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium) they need for strength and growth.

Know the symptoms: Often, the evaluation of plant symptoms can provide an effective indication of the insect type.

Clean up debris: Along with applying bait, you should also remove loose debris from around the home and at the foundation of plants. This includes fallen leaves or dropped fruit. Pests often use these types of debris for nesting and feeding.

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