How to Get Rid of Butterflies in Tennessee
Seeing butterflies around the outside of your home can be a wonderful thing, since these colorful insects can help pollinate nearby flowers. You can even cultivate a butterfly garden around your home to invite them in.
If there’s a downside to butterflies, it’s their life cycle. Because they start as caterpillars, sometimes they can wreak havoc on your garden’s foliage before transforming into beautiful butterflies. Night butterflies—commonly known as moths—can cause damage to your clothes and plants even after they go through their metamorphosis. Some moths are even hazardous to stored food in your pantry. To keep these butterfly larvae from causing too much damage, consider the following at-home pest control options.
Insecticides, Herbs, and Predators
You can always spray the leaves of plants with insecticides to kill the caterpillars, but be careful if you have dogs or children around. Planting herbs nearby, such as lavender, sage, and peppermint can deter them from coming around. Many insects dislike the scent of these plants. You can also invite birds and other predator insects into your garden. For the moths themselves, you can use traps like electric zappers to kill night moths.
Moth Balls and Airtight Food Containers
For in-home prevention, a common treatment for clothing moths is moth balls. You can also use cotton balls dabbed with essential oils and cedar chips as preventive measures. To keep your pantry safe, use airtight containers to store cereals and other grains.
Turn to U.S. Pest Protection for Caterpillar and Butterfly Infestations
If you do notice an infestation of caterpillars and other pests in and around your home, regular pest control services from U.S. Pest Protection are the best way to keep them in check. Schedule your free inspection today.