Summer is such a wonderful time. Except when swarming flies and mosquitoes are threatening to ruin your cookout. Fight back and avoid getting bitten simply by following some natural (no need for harmful bug repellents) steps as found below.
Ban Standing Water
Standing water is the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. Kiddie pools, planter trays, mop buckets, bird baths and backyard ponds are just some of the places where water gathers. When you can’t remove the water, do one of two things: 1) Place some window screen over the top of the container or 2) install a pump that gently agitates the water.
Move and Remove Attractants
One of the easiest methods you can use to cut back on the number of bugs in your yard is to relocate your trash and recycling bins as far away from your prime entertaining areas as possible. You should also ensure the lids fit snugly. Flies love garbage and ants love sugary residues found in both types of receptacles.
Keep Food Covered
While backyard barbeques and picnics under the sun are favorite summer pastimes – you should do your best to keep food covered at all times. Unless, of course, you want uninvited guests enjoying your meal. You can find metal or nylon “food tents” and silicone lids at your local grocer or retailer for reasonable prices. Paper towels work too.
Keep Your Landscaping Tidy
Overgrown bushes, lawns, and trees provide great hiding spots for a slew of insects. Keep your landscaping looking sharp by trimming back tall grass, brush, and weeds regularly. Trees and bushes should be trimmed as well. Don’t have the time to devote to keeping your landscaping tidy? You may want to consider hiring a professional landscaper.
Make Some New Friends
Make some new friends – feathered friends that is. Inviting feathered friends into your yard can make for fun window watching as well as effective pest control. Most birds survive off a diet of berries, seeds, and insects. Install a birdbath or fountain and a bird feeder to encourage your new friends to make themselves at home.