I found a natural, free-range form of pest control yesterday.
There I was Saturday afternoon tackling the backyard jungle, and I noticed I had a helper. Wherever I had just mowed, there was this female grackle pouncing on all the displaced bugs. She was quick, efficient, and very graceful. And she was the only one. The dogs noticed her and startled hassling her, so I shut them in the house. She kept a wary distance, but less than most birds would. And it was a treat to watch her at work.
So, we have a big spider on the back porch, the gecko in the compost box, a few ladybugs near the ollas, and a grackle working the yard.
May you find help in unexpected places.