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Home Living : November 15th 2011
4 HLS - HOME LIVING: SOUTH, Tuesday, November 15, 2011 fu1959 SPRAY AND STAY TIME TO GET RID OF PESTS ANTS TOP OF GARDEN LIST Janita Singh It's time to start tackling garden pest problems in preparation for the outdoor entertainment season. TOP TIP FOR SUMMER Get your whole house and surrounding sprayed by a professional pest controller to get rid of unwanted visitors planning to spoil your fun. JUST because you're heading for a summer break doesn't mean your garden pests and bugs will do the same. Warm weather gives them the conditions to breed and multi- ply. It's best to start tackling garden pest problems in time for the outdoor entertaining season. Perhaps surprisingly, the most common garden pests are ants. They typically nest under ob- jects on the sunny side of the garden. If you identify this prob- lem early, get help straight away. There are many products and remedies available to help but few will work perfectly -- for instance spraying a mixture of vinegar and water in the areas they are found or sprinkling your used coffee grinds in the garden and leaving out cucumber or citrus peels. Many gardens are also plagued by slugs and snails. Gardens provide them shelter and a plentiful supply of food -- much to the frustration of keen gardeners. So how do you make your garden a no-go zone for those pesky snails? Pesticides will work but if you have a pet or are particular about using chemicals in your garden then look at other options. As slugs and snails like damp and shady places with succulent foliage, a reasonable way to solve your problem is to minimise such areas, particularly at ground level. Hand picking them out of the garden would be the most eco- friendly way to control them. We all love outdoor barbecues -- so do mosquitoes. If you have a really bad infes- tation, call a mosquito extermi- nator. But in normal situations, it pays to keep your surroundings clean and the house and garden mosquito-proof. Check outdoors for any standing water. This could be in pot plants and old cans, tins, garbage cans or buckets. Still water means mos- quito breeding ground. Keep gutters clean and the grass short and install or repair window and door screens to stop them getting in the house. Electronic bug catchers and mosquito/insect traps and citron- ella candles, oils and insect sprays are effective ways to keep mos- quitoes at bay. GARDENS SMALLER YARDS JUST AS ALLURING AUSTRALIAN gardens are chang- ing, and it's not just because of climate change. Some of the big- gest changes are occurring due to home and lifestyle trends. According to Elise Willemsen, from Pope Products, while gardens have changed immensely over the past decade due to water restrictions, Australian gardens started to change significantly well before that. 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