Common Garden Pests in Myanmar
Many people love their gardens but don’t love the pests that come with them. Gardens attract all sorts of insects and animals who seek them out because they form excellent sources of food and shelter. This is especially true if there are flowers which need to be pollinated, pools or birdbaths with stagnant water, and plenty of shady animals to hide. Because Myanmar is a tropical climate, it’s easy for garden pests to live almost year-round and enjoy the benefits of a garden paradise.
Ants are a common problem for people with gardens. Some ants eat the plants commonly found in these areas. Others use the plants for cover from natural predators. They can build their homes near someone’s house and find an efficient way inside.
However, ants can actually be beneficial for the garden owner. They help with pollination because they crawl around the area, picking up pollen and bringing it to new plants. The ants can also attack and eat common nuisances like caterpillars, which can eat people’s flowers and vegetables.
Most ant colonies don’t need to be eliminated unless they get in the house. Some ants do bite though, so it’s important to contact us if they start to hurt you or your loved ones.
Nobody likes mosquitoes. They are spreaders of disease and bite humans and animals alike. Their bites are itchy and can be dangerous. Gardens have attractors for mosquitoes like stagnant water from pools, birdbaths, or small ponds. People who live near lakes also need to be careful. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in or near stagnant water, so it should be no surprise that they show up in gardens.
Mosquitoes should be treated before they become a problem. In Myanmar, they can spread dengue or yellow fever, and have also been known to transmit the Zika virus to others.
Bees and Wasps
Bees are actually beneficial for gardens since they are crucial pollinators. Usually one or two bees won’t be a problem, so you don’t need to worry about them. Wasps are a different story, since they can be aggressive. If you find a wasp’s nest or have a really bad bee problem, you can contact us to help you.
Termites are wood-eating insects that frequently can be found around tree stumps and other sources of wood near gardens. Some also like woodpiles or can start to attack gardening sheds in search of food. They don’t have any benefit to gardens, so it’s important to eliminate them if you think they might target the house next. If they haven’t gone to the house, a pest control company can apply a long-lasting termiticide to the yard to create an invisible barrier and stop them in their tracks.
Myanmar has lots of venomous snakes and sometimes they like to live in gardens. The country has one of the highest rates of death by snakebites, so a snake population can be a scary proposition. Small, non-aggressive snakes shouldn’t be a problem, but larger ones or snakes that like to bite should be dealt with immediately. They can be dangerous, and it’s important to have them removed if you have pets or children that could be bitten.
How to Keep Pests Out of a Garden
Sometimes the only way to keep pests away is to spray pesticides. However, people who don’t want to turn to chemicals right away can try some of these methods to combat the pesky menaces.
Plant basil, rosemary, or other plants whose scent irritates pests
Mix together dish soap and water and spray it over flowers
Buy and use a sonic repelling device
Some insects and animals we consider pests can be beneficial, but it’s important to eliminate ones that could threaten humans and the people living in the area around the garden. Has it gotten out of hand? You can contact us to create a management plan.