Long summer evenings cause mosquitoes, no-see-ums, and other skin irritating bugs to thrive. Trying different methods to get rid of the bugs can seem endless. Luckily, we have gathered some tips and tricks to help you keep the bugs out of your yard this summer.
Flies and mosquitoes love stagnant water sources such as water features, plant saucers, and literally anywhere else. Stagnant water sources are an ideal environment for them to lay their eggs. To prevent flies and mosquitoes from using these water sources, it is important to regularly drain any stagnant water and ensure water features recirculate. This will stop the larvae from reaching full maturity.
Bug screens are one of the best ways to keep unwanted insects away. Installing bug screens on all windows and doors can avert insects from coming indoors. Placing a mosquito tent around outdoor dining tables and patio furniture is another great way to keep pesky insects away. Make sure to regularly check for holes and other damage in bug screens.
Mosquitoes prefer to stay out of the heat in the daytime, which is why they can often be found in shady areas. Rather than placing seating in the shade, seating should be placed in full sun with an umbrella or shade cover. Although this is not the most-effective solution, it will reduce the chances of being bitten.
Patio cushions are home to critters such as spiders, earwigs, ants, and caterpillars. Skip the hassle of having to get up and shake the patio cushions when a bug is crawling on you by removing the cushions at the end of the day. This also applies to blankets and throws.
Citronella candles should be evenly placed around seating areas to prevent insects. When paired with insect repellent, citronella is highly effective.
It is important to regularly cut the grass in the summer months, as mosquitoes like to hide and lay eggs in tall grass. A length of 5 inches or less is ideal for keeping mosquitoes from lingering.
Plants such as basil, lemon grass, and lemon balm are ideal for keeping mosquitoes at bay. Although these plants are not 100 percent effective, they will assist in reducing the number of mosquitoes.
Tiki Torch/Bug Zapper
Tiki torches and bug zappers are ideal in the evening when temperatures start to cool. Both bug repelling solutions involve a light that attracts bugs. The bug zapper electrocutes the bugs between two metal plates, whereas the tiki torch gives off citronella fumes.
Enjoy your patio or yard this summer without annoying insects. At FairTradeWorks, our experienced Advisors have the expertise to help you create the perfect outdoor space. Contact us for a free estimate!