We like to think we’ve made peace with the fact that we live in an area where the Blackflies are hungry, and the Mosquitoes are fierce. But let's be honest, we haven't, so here's a few tricks to help keep our yards and homes bug free.
This first tip is pretty straight forward. Keeping your yard tidy, trimmed and mowed, will provide fewer
hiding spots for those pests. Ticks like to sit in high grass and bushes, lurking and waiting for an
unsuspecting human or pet. Bushes or limbs touching the house can provide an easy pathway for pests
into your home. As an added bonus, a tidy yard makes for great curb appeal.
Avoid Standing Water
This is another one we’ve all heard. Minimize standing pools of water around your home. It makes for a fantastic breeding ground for mosquitoes. Check for empty flower pots and other vessels that can collect water. Most importantly, clean your gutters and downspouts regularly! We often forget about this as we can’t see the pooled water, however, clogged gutters and downspouts will collect water and make for great mosquito breeding havens. If you’ve got a small pond, make sure it has water flow and is aerated to keep those pesky mosquitoes out.
Bugs hate strong scents of mint or citrus. Mix plants with those scents into your garden, especially
near the porch, patio, or deck. Create beautiful gardens that are functional. If you have pets that roam
the gardens, keep in mind to check the safety of each plant, as some can be toxic to them.
Here are some plants best for repelling mosquitoes and flies: Basil, Catnip, Lavender, Citronella,
Geraniums, Lemon Thyme, Marigold, Rosemary, Mint and Pennyroyal.
Seal your Home
Make sure your window screens fit snuggly into the frame and that there are no gaps. Fill any gaps with foam tape you can find at your local hardware store. Check doorframes to make sure they are sealed properly. Replace the seals or add a nylon door sweep if needed. It’s not just your windows and doors though. To keep bugs out, use mortar or cement to patch foundations and masonry walls. Clear away damaged bricks and add new ones, filling the joints with mortar. Replace rotting wood or trim, and repair or replace damaged sections of siding or cladding.
Installing patio fans may not seem like much, but those fierce mosquitoes have a secret.
Mosquitoes despise flying in a breeze. Patio fans can keep your outdoor living are free of mosquitos
and other small fliers, and you get to enjoy a nice cool summer breeze.
These few tips should help make your backyard BBQs and entertaining a bit more enjoyable!