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Now that spring is in full swing, it’s time to start thinking of the many household bugs that have come out to play.  These household bugs even have health risks that you should know about.  They’ve said goodbye to the colder months of the year, and their primary goal is to make their way into your home, by any means necessary.



As we’ve demonstrated in the past, there are a number of techniques that you can use in order to keep your home protected, whether it’s by preventing household bugs from getting inside your home or how to eliminate them once they’re in.



One possible solution to some pest problems is often overlooked, and the funny thing is that it has other benefits. We’re talking, of course, about fertilizer, which is intended to help your lawn or plants grow and thrive. The question is, does fertilizing your yard get rid of household bugs?



The effects of nitrogen-based fertilizers



There are two types of fertilizer that you should be aware of. The first group consists of fertilizers that are nitrogen-based. A fertilizer’s job, no matter the type, has a primary goal of helping plants grow, as mentioned above. The ironic thing about using a nitrogen-based variety of fertilizer is that it actually seems to attract some insects rather than repel them. It appears that these pests have the ability to seek out nitrogen, which acts as a sort of beacon for them. For the most part, this means that any plants treated with a nitrogen-base fertilizer may end up being more susceptible to leaf-eating insects.



The effects of organic fertilizers



In recent years, there has been an influx of organic fertilizers that serve as an alternative to the nitrogen-based ones. Studies have shown that crops that utilize organic fertilizers have a greater success at resisting problematic insects, and this effect trickles down to household bugs found in your yard. The fact that they are environmentally friendly only helps to attract more homeowners and agricultural firms to them. Some of these fertilizers are bottled and sold, while others — which run the gamut of manure, coffee grounds, and everything in between — can be made at home.



What this means to your household bugs



According to the research, if you’re hoping that fertilizer will help curb the insect problem in your home, you’re going to want to go with a choice that is organic. However, the effect of these fertilizers on your household bugs is somewhat up in the air, as it is dependent on a variety of factors. For instance, an insect might pass through your yard, but perhaps won’t come into direct contact with the fertilizer. The bottom line is that, while fertilizer might not help too much, it certainly can’t hurt to try.

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