Creatures, creepy crawlies and downright pests! Find out what could be lurking in your garden and what problems they can cause.

As summer is upon us we tend to spend more time outdoors in the garden, having a barbecue and hanging around the pool.

But while you’re enjoying the outdoors, garden pests may be taking residency in your garden. Find out which you might come in contact with and how to avoid them:

Bees

Bees are becoming more of a problem because of newer residential areas taking over native bushland area. Bees are attracted to water also and with an increase in swimming pool use in summer people need to be wary of these little creatures. Always remember to wear shoes when near the pool or walking on damp grass as lots of people tend to be stung by bees by standing on them- I’ve done this myself.

Snakes

The three most common snakes found in gardens are the common tree snake, the carpet python and the yellow face whip snake.Although the yellow face whip snake is the only venomous snake of the three, it’s safe to say most people would be freaked out to find one slithering in their backyard. Snake catchers work to remove snakes that have often been attracted to yards or houses, where food and shelter are on offer to the slithering pests.

Bull Ants

Bull ants are capable of making their home in a range of environments but often make a nest in areas where wood is accessible. Bites from these little critters can be very painful and can sometimes induce severe allergic reactions. You can avoid such damage using insecticides to eliminate current ant nests and removing dead tree trunks and timber to avoid their return.

Cane toads

Not the most pleasant of garden creatures, if there is rain or moisture they can begin to breed in your backyard. They have poison that can be harmful to our pets and they are well just not very nice to look at either. Under animal welfare laws you can get rid of these pests by killing them humanely. So no golf clubs or shovels, but placing them in the freezer should do it.

 

What pests do you try and avoid in the garden during summer?