Warmer weather is almost upon us. The only thing we tend to dread about spring and summer outside are 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 chive and lemongrass in your garden area to ward off other pests.
3. Refresh your lighting
Replace your white light bulbs with yellow bulbs or sodium vapor lights. The orange or yellowish glow does not attract insects as do 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 actually 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 cookout 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 oils
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 in 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 great conversation piece as the center of your patio area.
With these ideas, you can entertain friends and family with ease.