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Green Methods to Protect Your Home & Garden from Pests

by Ann Marie Damashek, GRI, CBR, SRES 07/04/2021

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For a long time, pesticides have been the preferred option among homeowners who want to keep their lawns and gardens pest-free. However, now that it's clear that these pesticides are actually more harmful to your lawn, the environment, the wildlife who call your area home and even you it's important to consider green pest control options for your home. The good news is that you can keep pests out of your home and yard without harming the environment. These are a few eco-friendly alternatives to consider:

Add a Bird Feeder to Your Garden

Bird feeders can be a decorative element that makes your yard more appealing and allows you to keep an eye out for the unique feathered friends who stop by for a treat. However, your bird feeder can also be the best thing that you do for your garden. When you add a bird feeder close to your garden, you will attract birds that will eat the pesky insects that may invade your garden space. In addition to bird feeders you also may want to buy a few nesting boxes so that birds can make their homes right near your garden.

Incorporate Plants that Attract Beneficial Bugs

While there are some bugs - like slugs and caterpillars - that you want to stay far away from your garden, there are other insects that will help your plants grow and thrive. When you add insectary plants to your garden you will attract pollinators like honey bees to the area. Every gardener wants to see a few bees buzzing around-- to increase the number of bees in your garden you may want to consider planting mint or rosemary along the edges.

Plant Herbs that Detract Insects

In addition to adding plants that will attract beneficial insects to your garden, you can use herbs and other plants to keep unwanted pests at bay. Some of the herbs that are best known for pest control include basil and lavender. These herbs are sometimes referred to as companion plants because they are planted alongside other pants for the purpose of detracting potential invaders from the garden. In the event that you would prefer not to have companion plants you may find that flowers such as petunias, clover and marigold will help with pest control while simultaneously adding an element of natural beauty to your garden.

Use Spices to Keep Bugs Out of Your Home

In addition to keeping pesky bugs out of your garden, you probably also want them out of your home. Rather than spraying the perimeter of your home with harmful chemicals, you can use many of the spices that you likely have in your pantry for pest control. Cinnamon, cayenne pepper and black pepper can be sprinkled along your window sills, and you will find that you have far fewer bugs in your home than you did before. It's an easy and cost-effective way to reduce pests while protecting the environment.

By opting for all-natural pest control options, you will find that your lawn and garden thrive while your home becomes a happier, healthier place for everyone.

About the Author

Ann Marie Damashek, GRI, CBR, SRES

Ann Marie Damashek has always been a natural at helping people prepare their homes for sale. She started out with a successful business selling goods for people on eBay. "Nine times out of ten they were hiring me because they were down-sizing,” Ann Marie says. "So I decided to get my license. I said, ‘Might as well sell their house too.’” The transition was a smooth one and for nine years she’s had a thriving full-time real estate business that allows her to marry her entrepreneurial spirit with her passion for helping others. With an office in Larchmont, New York, she serves all of Lower Westchester County, with her primary market in the Sound Shore region. The majority of her business is "sphere of influence” with former clients referring her to friends and family. A gifted communicator, Ann Marie quickly builds trust and rapport with her clients by being both thoughtful and responsive; she understands that during the purchase or sale of a home, a quick response time is crucial. "I am very accessible,” Ann Marie says. "I always make time for my clients. They can call me, text me, email me up until 10 o’clock at night and I will respond. I’m available on weekends. I get back to people very promptly. I’m very customer service-oriented.” Her clients appreciate her professionalism, passion and enthusiasm and as a result her repeat and referral rate continues to grow each year. While selling real estate is serious business, Ann Marie knows that at times humor and a moment of levity can be a relief to clients. While she has a laidback and easygoing personality, she can be assertive when needed on her clients’ behalf. She loves being of service to them, and the continually changing nature of the work keeps her engaged and fulfilled. "It’s never boring,” Ann Marie enthuses. "Every day is different. That’s probably what I like most about it. But I also enjoy helping people sell or buy and educating them about the process. I love helping them achieve their goals.” This ethic of service has resulted in well-deserved recognition. Ann Marie has received the Westchester Magazine Five Star Real Estate Agent Rating four years running, in 2015 and 2016 she was the #1 agent in her office, and she’s a Zillow 5-Star Premier Agent. To keep in touch with former clients, Ann Marie sends cards to mark special occasions or reaches out via email. To market her listings, Ann Marie uses Multiple Listing Services (MLS), as well as, a service that allows both agents and their clients access to MLS data. She also uses a Facebook business page and ads to boost new listings or promote upcoming open houses. "That drives a tremendous amount of traffic,” Ann Marie says. She also uses the most popular real estate websites such as Zillow and Trulia. A strong believer in giving back, Ann Marie sits on the Board of Trustees of her church and is involved in a variety of social justice projects. She’s affiliated with Furniture Sharehouse, a furniture bank for Westchester County, which collects and distributes gently used furniture free of charge to those in need. "I love it on so many levels because as a realtor, it’s helps my sellers downsize through charitable donations. I like the environmental aspect of it as well. And it helps people who truly need things.” She’s also involved in Impact 100, a women’s philanthropic giving organization. In her free time, Ann Marie enjoys gardening, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. For the future, Ann Marie wants to continue expanding her business and developing her brand, and she someday hopes to grow a strong team. But her main goal is to stay in the real estate business, helping her clients to achieve their dreams.