Few things can be as frustrating as when sit out on the patio in your favorite Adirondack chair, peacefully reading a book and a swarm of insects comes your way. You know how you’ll love spending time on the patio even more without the pesky insects flying around or sharing the same food your eating.
Like anybody else, it’s very uncomfortable to share the space with insects flying around and eating the same food as you are. So we have put together a few tips on how to help clear insects away from your patio living space.
The most natural thing to do to lessen your uninvited guests to come over and stay is to alleviate the reasons why they would want to.
Moving or removing some stuff around and tidying your backyard can do a lot to prevent insects from dwelling on your patio as well as the rest of the house.
Stagnant or stale water is usually a potential breeding ground for mosquitoes and very much a drinking source for any other insect that comes around it.
Take a walk around your house as well as the roof and look for small pockets of undisturbed water concentrations, including an uneven rain gutter, a tire that’s no longer in use under your shed or a broken piece of plastic that was left out under the rain.
Placing the trash and recycling bins away from your house is a good idea for keeping an insect free home. But if for some reason the trash cans need stay close by, try keeping them clean and making sure that the lid is always closed snuggly. Doing this will keep flies from buzzing around it prevent ants from lining up to it.
An outdoor barbeque is always fun especially with friends and family gathered around. But what do you do to a newly cooked caramelized slab of meat while you’re waiting for the rest of it to finish
cooking? Inevitably this kind of food draws flies and other insects towards it. Cover food with metal or nylon mesh “food tents” available at your local grocer or online.
Removing stagnant water and relocating garbage cans does the job, you can’t help a new batch of insects coming over to check out what’s available for them.
A preventive measure is always a good idea to keep new batches of insects from coming over and ruining the peace.
Insects cannot stand the smell of citrus. The right blend of citronella/eucalyptus infused fuel for tiki torches would be a useful deterrent for airborne insects like mosquitoes and flies.
Spraying coconut oil on furniture footing can also help in preventing crawly insects from climbing up tabletops or chairs.
Commercial bug catchers are always available from your local grocer. Usually, these are particular to what sort of insect you’re trying to catch. Some of these contain harmful insecticides for pets or children which may not be the option.
Many simple DIY bug trap Instructables from the internet, on the other hand, should offer peace of mind.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends using yellow lights outdoors in place of regular outdoor lights. These “bug lights” do not repel mosquitoes, but are helpful since the yellow light is less attractive to bugs than “white” lights.
Place yellow light bulbs that are either incandescent or fluorescent in porch lighting and other light fixtures around the yard.
Although including insect-repelling plants in your landscape will not in itself ensure your garden is insect-free, several plants do contain natural oils that ward itself from insects as its natural defense.
Plants like Citronella grass, Rosemary, Catnip, and Marigolds all have properties that repel mosquitoes.