Pests usually come from brushy, or debris covered areas on or near your property so that is where you should start, with the outer edges of your property.
Removing debris, brush, and weeds will help to keep pests off your property. Rotting wood is the roach’s natural food. Brush and weeds encourage and hide almost every imaginable insect and rodent activity. Getting rid of rotting wood, brush and weeds will help to keep roaches and other pests away. Make sure that your outside area is free of it and anything else that might hide pests.
Brush control as pest prevention:
Entomologists estimate that 90 percent of the pests which plague us inside our homes, come from outside. The truth is that is actually 100 percent. The pests existed before any human building project occurred. The fact is that the pests that bug you in your home, come from outside your home.
Your own bug and weed farm
If you have brush and weeds near your home you have a bug and rodent farm near your home. Brush also serves as a seedbed area for weed production. These weed seed are then transported by insects, rodents, wind, and water into your lawn and landscape. As soon as cover is available bugs insects and vermin move in. These are followed by the reptiles and other predators who eat them. As the brush increases, so do the numbers of other pests. Before too long, there is a full scale, unhealthy, and dangerous ecosystem just outside your door. Some of those bug and rodent pests will eventually want to have dinner with you. If you want to get rid of weeds, bugs, mice, and snakes, the place to start is to get rid of brush!
Other reasons to control brush:
Insects like the cover that brush provides, armadillos, snakes, field mice and rats like the insects, and the cover as well. Brush not only hides a lot of unwanted activity, human, animal, and insect, it also devalues property, increases the chance of fire, and uses an inordinate amount of water.
Brush clearing and property value
Just as having brush on your property lowers it’s value, of course, clearing it from your property increases it’s value. Real estate that is overgrown with brush is not very likely to impress potential buyers. Real estate setting next door to a brush filled swamp isn’t a very good value either. Most buyers know this instinctively. I spoke with one couple recently who bought a house in a situation like this. They lived there for a short time, before they finally could stand it no longer, and asked my permission to put a “for sale” sign up on my corner.
Brush control as fire prevention
During summer heat waves brush becomes potential tinder for any spark from any cause. This brush then fuels fires higher in the canopy, and adjacent areas and in many cases leads to full scale forest or grass fires. Fire caused by allowing brush to grow out of hand has been disastrous for home owners in many parts of the country. Insurance companies and fire departments across the country are catching on, and seeing brush as an unnecessary risk. Better to remove it before such an event, than to cope with the consequences.
Brush clearing as water conservation
Across the country water conservation is a major issue. It will become a much larger issue in the coming years. Brush uses an inordinate amount of water in comparison to other types of vegetation. It provides less in the way of erosion control than a forest canopy or grassland. There are state ordered plans for dealing with brush in most states for this very reason.
Brush control and the environment
Some people think that clearing the brush we see around property is damaging to the environment. The opposite is really true. Most of the brush we see is a result of land once cleared for pastures or farmland, or of open areas once disturbed by cultivation. What grows back when upkeep ceases in is not natural and rarely benefits the environment. Very often what grows is not even native to the area. Allowing it to grow is allowing an invasion of non native species to gain a foothold in a large area. Then a new invasion begins.
Just The Facts
- Rotting wood is the natural food of the roach, and serves as food and cover for many other insects and rodents. Getting rid of it will send the little critters running and aid you in your quest to prevent pests.
- Brush serves as cover for insects and vermin. Removing it will help to remove them.
- Brush also serves as a seedbed area for weed production. These weed seed are then transported by insects, rodents, wind, and water into your lawn and landscape.
- Brush encourages pests population growth, lowers property values, sucks up precious water resources, and is a home, property, and forest fire risk! There are no advantages to having it, so just get rid of it.