Sitting outside on the patio or in the backyard can be relaxing and uplifting. It is a great way to spend some quiet time alone or get together with family and friends. But nothing sends people back inside faster than mosquitoes, flies, bees, wasps, and other creeping, crawling, flying, and biting insects.
The next time you want to spend some quality time outdoors, you might want to try one or more of the following methods to help keep uninvited pests away.
Ants always seem to know when snacks are being served outside. If you are putting out some snacks, try placing an upside down wire colander on top of your serving plate. Yes, a typical kitchen colander. It will keep your food safe from invaders.
Put bird feeders in your yard to attract wild birds. Many bird species feast on bugs, including robins, chickadees, swallows, mockingbirds, and woodpeckers. You may want to avoid hummingbird feeders, however, because they tend to attract insects like ants, wasps, and bees.
Spray mouthwash on lawn furniture and around the area where you will be sitting. Use a mouthwash with a more medicinal aroma, like Listerine™. Do not use a sweet smelling brand.
Set out some lemon slices topped with cloves. Not only will the combination deter insects naturally, the display has a rather decorative look as well.
Keep a few lavender plants in the area. When in bloom, lavender keeps mosquitoes at bay. Lavender also looks pretty and smells lovely. Other flowers are unpopular with insects, including Marigolds.
Look around for anything that might contain stagnant water. Stagnant water is a breeding ground for insects. A bird bath is a likely spot to find stagnant water. Most people do not realize that the water in a bird bath should be changed on a regular basis.
Set up a fan or two. The breeze from a fan will keep mosquitos and other flying insects away.
Keep grass short. Insects love tall grass. Don’t let your lawn go too long before getting out the lawnmower.