How to get rid of creepy-crawlies in the home and garden

Caterpillars ravaging the garden.
Caterpillars ravaging the garden.

FLOWERS are blooming, butterflies are fluttering and the sun is doing wonders to bolster your spirits.

However, not everything is coming up roses – summer is also the time when creepy-crawlies come out to ravage your garden and invade your home.

We spoke to Angie Thomas from Yates about ridding your home and garden of unwanted guests.

Ants

Remove potential food courses inside the home. They love nibbling on last night’s unwashed dinner plates. There are several barrier sprays and sands that can be applied around the house to help control the ants before they get a chance to come inside. An example is BLITZEM! Ant Flea & Tick Killer.

Also, try to follow the ant trails back to the nest and use a control product at the nest.

Leaf-eating pests

Caterpillars enjoy feasting on a wide range of plants from ornamental flowers and shrubs to edible plants like lettuce and tomatoes.

Often you don’t see them – as they are well camouflaged – just their damage or droppings.

Yates Success Ultra is a very effective caterpillar control spray that can be used on a wide range of plants.

For organic gardeners, Yates Nature’s Way Caterpillar Killer is based on a naturally occurring bacteria that only affects caterpillars and is approved for use in organic gardening.

With any caterpillar control spray, ensure both sides of foliage are sprayed, as caterpillars will often hide under leaves.

Midges

Try insect repellents and avoid their favourite time of day: dusk until dawn. In the garden, you can try to remove water sources (water sitting in plant saucers of patches of boggy soil) as this is where they can breed, however, midges can travel a long way so they will come from other places around the neighbourhood. Using insect repellent is the most effective way of prevention.

Spiders

They find the tiniest places to make their way indoors making them difficult to stop. For non-dangerous spiders, I’m a fan of careful catch and release. Spiders in the garden can help to reduce the population of pest insects so they are good to have around.