The sunshine is back, the air is getting warmer, and you know what that means… outdoor bugs.
What are you supposed to do when you want to enjoy the summer weather but you don’t want to deal with the summer bugs?
Have no fear – we have some tips and tricks for keeping those summer bugs out of your yard!
Mint Plants Everywhere
Citronella is the most common plant people know of that keeps mosquitoes away, but did you know that there are other plants that repel bugs as well?
One of our favorite plants to keep away the spiders, ants, wasps, and mosquitoes is mint! The scent of mint is unbearable to most bugs, they don’t want to be anywhere near it.
But be careful, mint spreads very fast. We suggest planting mint in pots and placing them around your yard. Unless, of course, you want a mint-filled yard.
You can also fill a spray bottle with water and peppermint essential oil for a chemical-free way of deterring bugs. Spray around your house, yard, or even near nests to keep the bugs away.
Eliminate Standing Water
Mosquitoes love laying eggs in water. Puddles, birdbaths, any container that can hold a tablespoon of water is the ideal place for a mosquito to lay their eggs.
Mosquito eggs are laid in containers that are holding water. In order to hatch, the water level must rise above the eggs. It only takes 5 days from when the female mosquito lays its eggs until they hatch. The larva needs the microorganisms in the water to feed on right after hatching to survive.
By regularly replacing the water in birdbaths or any stagnant water source, the eggs will not be able to hatch. If the water is moving with some sort of aerated pump or waterfall, the eggs also won’t be able to survive.
Reduce Flowers and Trees
Trees make great homes for all the most annoying summer bugs. Wasps, hornets, ants, beetles, any bug out there would love to live in a nice big tree. If you want fewer bugs in your yard, don’t plant any more trees.
You can opt to transplant a tree if it isn’t too big and you can cut down any trees that are dying. We don’t recommend cutting down a living tree to reduce bugs and pests unless it is absolutely necessary.
Flowers are a great food source for a lot of bugs, to keep the bugs away don’t plant anything that flowers. Ideally, you can plant flowers in an area where you would like the bugs to go instead. If you don’t spend a lot of time in the front yard, plant flowers there to keep the bugs our front instead of in the back yard.
Take Care of Your Lawn
The more often you mow your lawn, the less likely pests and summer bugs will want to live there. Jostling up their tiny homes, making loud noises with lots of air movement, all of these things are not conducive to the insect lifestyle.
Detur summer pests by mowing your lawn twice a week and regularly weed-eat around the base of trees and your house. This will also reduce the bees in your yard by not allowing flowering weeds to reach the flowering stage.
Raking any fallen leaves and sticks will remove any areas where ticks and other bugs can hide. Outdoor garbage cans are a breeding ground for flies and other gross bugs, make sure the lids of your garbage cans are secured tightly.
Commercial Sprays & Insect Control
There are many types of commercial insect-controlling substances available to purchase at any home store, although you do need to make sure it isn’t toxic to you, your children, or your pets.
Diatomaceous earth is a good option that is deemed relatively safe by the FDA. You still want to avoid any inhalation or consumption, but if it is consumed it won’t be absorbed by your body.
Bug Zapper Lights
Lights confuse bugs’ navigational senses and they are quite literally drawn to the light. Replace outdoor light bulbs with bug zapper lights to eradicate the bugs on the spot. As soon as the bug touches the light, it zaps and kills them.
There are also standing lights and solar lights that will do the same thing, making those perfect outdoor nights a little better.
Build a Bat House
Bats are the perfect addition to any backyard. They don’t want anything to do with humans, insects are their food of choice. One bat can eat up to 8,000 insects in one night! Consider them your low-cost all-natural pest control option.
Indoor Summer Bugs
The mint essential oil and water trick is a good indoor method for keeping summer bugs out of your home, but when that doesn’t work it might be time to call the pros.
Following a professional pest control guide is essential for those indoor bugs that are hard to get rid of. Once bedbugs or fleas get into your home, they quickly infest it.
Every time you come in from spending time outside, shower or bathe immediately and check yourself for fleas and ticks. Wash your clothing in hot water and dry them thoroughly.
Bug Spray Away
Always use bug spray to keep the summer bugs away from you and your children. Ticks and mosquitoes transmit various diseases and prevention is always preferable to treatment.
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