Why Insects are Attracted to the Yard
Yards are home for many bugs and insects. They provide blood-sucking pests like ticks and fleas easy access to hosts such as pets and people. Fleas and ticks can also end up in the yard by hitching a ride on rodents and other wildlife, as well as on shoes, picnic blankets and clothing.
Eaves and overhangs, as well as the underside of decks and porches, provide the perfect sheltered locations for stinging insects to build their nests. They are especially attracted to exposed food and open garbage cans, along with sweet-smelling fragrances like perfume, cologne, and even some lotions and sunscreens.
Aside from feeding on people, mosquitoes can use yards by breeding in areas of standing water. Mosquitoes only need a half an inch of stagnant water to reproduce; so many items in the backyard provide ideal breeding grounds, such as bird baths, small pools, grill covers and potted plants.
Common Backyard Bugs, Insects, & Pests