Natural Ways to Keep Your Backyard Bug-Free

Summer time is here which means barbeque parties, sleeping under the stars, and other outside activities become more routine. You and your loved ones will likely be spending more time playing out in the yard. Unfortunately, bothersome bugs can often ruin this outdoor fun. You could go down the path of chemical warfare and spray yourself as well as your lawn with bug repellants to combat these pests. However, there are natural alternatives that are environmentally friendly to your home if you don’t wish to spray chemicals all over your yard. Here are a few tips to help you enjoy a bug-free summer.

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Plants – Planting a simple garden can do wonders in keeping the bug count down. Garlic, radishes, marigolds, nasturtium, oregano, sage, rosemary, cilantro, and mint are easy to cultivate and can make the area in and around your garden uninviting to unwanted guests. These plants act as natural bug repellants.

Water – Stagnate or standing water in your yard provides breeding grounds for mosquitos. All they need is a bottle cap’s worth of water to multiply. Empty used kiddy pools and fountains and clear out flower plates. Clean out your gutters of leaves and debris that might block rain. You could also fill in puddles with dirt to eliminate any chance at mosquitos breeding in your yard. For more on mosquito prevention, check here:

Birds – Setting up a birdhouse in your yard is a great way to cut back on bugs. They will often make meals out of whatever bugs you might find bothersome. The birds will take care of a good portion of the pest control for you.

Candles – Outdoor candles are popular among homeowners as a safe and easy way to keep bugs at bay while also letting you enjoy some nice scents that bugs find repugnant.

Lighting – Many high-flying insects are drawn to light. Elevate a yellow bug light away from where you plan to spend the evening outdoors to easily draw bugs away from you. Of course, you should check to make sure any outdoor lighting complies with the rules of your community before setting this up.

These tricks may not necessarily be as effective as pesticides to clear out those annoying bugs. However, if you prefer to go down the natural path, these are some dependable ways to enjoy your backyard bug-free.

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