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​8 Ways To Keep Your Patio/Outdoor Space Pest-Free!

​8 Ways To Keep Your Patio/Outdoor Space Pest-Free!

Posted by The Fire Pit Store on 5th Feb 2019

Warmer weather is almost upon us. The only thing we tend to dread about spring and summer outside is the extremely annoying pests! Below you will find a few tips to discourage and/or eliminate these pesky guys.

1. Burn citronella torches or candles

Citronella drives away bothersome pests such as mosquitoes and flies. You can also combine citronella with some citrus-scented candles. They hate this!

2. Plant some herbs

Many do not realize how multi-functional herbs are. Plan some garlic; vampires hate it, as well as small biting insects. Rosemary is another great herb to grow. Rosemary not only repels insects but the herb has a nice fragrance for our noses. You can also plant chives and lemongrass in your garden area to ward off other pests.

3. Pest Free lighting

Replace your white light bulbs with yellow bulbs or sodium vapor lights. The orange or yellowish glow does not attract insects as does white light.

4. Break out the mouthwash

Not just for the guests coming but also for the unwanted pesky insect guests. Mint-flavored mouthwash can help repel mosquitoes from your patio. Just put the mouthwash in a spray bottle and spray your tables, chairs, and the patio perimeter with it.

5. A clean patio is a pest-free patio

We do love to cook out and snack while enjoying our patio, but remember to clean up! Crumbs, small food morsels or spilled sticky liquids can bring the pests hunting. Keep it clean!

6. Spray Essential oil insect repellent

Mix some essential oils with water and spray your patio to create a natural pest barrier. The two best oils to use are eucalyptus and lavender. You can also spray it on yourself to repel the biting insects.

7. Grow pest-deterrent flowers

Planting marigolds around your patio and outdoor living space can help fight against mosquitoes as well as other biting insects. Place a potted marigold on your patio table too!

8. Use hydrogen peroxide

You can mix a spray mixture of water and hydrogen peroxide to spray your perimeter patio area. Be careful not to get the spray on food or drinks!

Remember too that having a fire pit burning is another way to annoy the pests. Pests do not like fire or smoke, plus the fire will emit a yellowish glow to the area. You will also have a wonderful ambiance and a great conversation piece at the center of your patio area.

With these ideas, you can entertain friends and family with ease.