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Do Weeds Attract Rodents & Other Pests?
February 5, 2024

Do Weeds Attract Rodents & Other Pests?

You might say it’s a little early to think about weeds, but spring is coming, and it won’t be long before they pop up. Unfortunately for residents of Albuquerque, Las Cruces, and throughout New Mexico, weeds not only make their lawns a bit unsightly but also give rodents and other pests the ability to infest properties undetected.  Unchecked weeds create ideal hiding spots for various pests, leading to potential infestations and property damage. Understanding the relationship between weeds and pest attraction is crucial for maintaining healthy, pest-free indoor and outdoor environments.

weeds attract rodents and insects to yards in new mexico

What is a weed?

Weeds are wild plants growing where they are not wanted and competing with cultivated plants. Weeds are often broken up into two groups – annual weeds and perennial weeds. 

Common weeds in New Mexico include, but are not limited to:

  • Pigweed
  • Russian thistle
  • Ragweed
  • Lambsquarter
  • Kochia
  • London Rocket
  • Flix weed
  • Tansy mustard
  • Spurge
  • Silverleaf nightshade
  • Purslane
  • Hoary Cress
  • Yellow foxtail

Weeds allow rodents and pests to be in plain sight

In Albuquerque and New Mexico, our climate and diverse landscape provide an ideal environment for weeds to flourish. In fact, some species of weeds are notorious for spreading rapidly and dominating yards that may not be tended to regularly. Unfortunately, these weeds attract mice, rats, ants, mosquitoes, and other pests because they offer ample hiding spots and food sources. They also create a cycle of pest proliferation. In other words, a weed-infested yard is a great environment for insects and rodents to survive and increase their numbers.

How weeds in the yard lead to health and property risks

Beyond the aesthetic concerns, weeds attract pests, and pest infestations lead to health concerns and property damage. For example, rodents, mosquitoes, cockroaches, and other pests can transmit diseases and parasites to humans and pets. Rodents also cause damage by chewing on wires, insulation, and other building materials. 

Preventing weeds and the pests they attract

To eliminate the risks associated with pests (and keep your yard looking good), we highly recommend signing up for professional weed control services focusing on pre- and post-emergent solutions. Here at Greenway Pest Solutions, our weed control services in Albuquerque and throughout our service area include:

  • Pre-emergent weed control to stop weeds before they start, typically in March and April
  • Pre & post-emergent to prevent new weed activity and kill existing weeds during May, June, and July
  • Post-emergent treatment to eliminate weeds that pop up in August and September
  • Final post-emergent treatment in October if weeds are still a problem

When you choose Greenway Pest Solutions to care for your weed problem, you decide what works best for your budget. Call us when you see weeds or, for better results, sign up for seasonal weed control service. 

Now… about those pests 

Regrettably, weeds aren’t the only thing that attracts insects and rodents, so you may consider signing up for year-round home pest control services that eliminate existing pest activity and prevent new infestations. At Greenway, our Premium Care Plan includes:

  • An initial pest inspection to identify existing pest problems, conducive conditions, and potential entry points.
  • Interior & exterior pest treatments to address problems found during our inspection.
  • Quarterly pest control services to ensure pests don’t have the opportunity to re-infest.
  • Our free callback guarantee: if a covered pest problem arises between scheduled visits, we’ll return to re-treat at no additional charge. 

To learn more about our home pest control plan or to secure seasonal mosquito control for your property, please call us. You can also request a free quote below! 

Why choose Greenway Pest Solutions to eliminate weeds and pests?

Our company's most important question is how it can best help protect homes and families. We hold our team of pest control specialists to high standards and trust them to thoroughly inspect and prescribe the best solutions to control weeds and pests. We will work diligently to exceed your expectations when you partner with us. 

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