Preventing Pests Around House Foundation

On a recent visit from our pest company, they mentioned that we really need a plant free border around our house. Plants that touch the side of your house allow bugs to get past the pest spray. We removed almost all of our plants and cut away the grass, creating a 2ft wide border around the house. Then we put weed cloth down, installed plastic edging, and added a good layer of bark. Now when the pest guy comes, he can easily spray along the foundation.

Note: We will be trimming back the ferns or transplanting them soon.

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October 3, 20170 found this helpful

I'm sorry. Unless the bugs are life threatening or at least pose a major problem, I will keep my foundation plantings and any bugs that might escape my Malathion spray.

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October 4, 20170 found this helpful

We struggle with serious carpenter ant infestations so we had to go this route. It was not what I wanted but it became necessary to effectively get rid of them. :(

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October 5, 20170 found this helpful

Very important added information. Thank you.

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October 16, 20170 found this helpful

If you place bark around your foundation be prepared for fungus to grow up the side of your house - FROM the bark. It's little round, black bumps - can't remember the name.


Nancy from Michigan

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