Nothing takes down a good party like a bug-filled backyard. It’s the season for get-togethers and you have the perfect home to invite the whole crew over… except for that one big problem: insects. Whether it’s the gnats, mosquitos or beetles, something is going to steal the show. So how exactly do you get rid of them? Well, we might have a few tricks you can try.
Even the experts say that fall is the best season for your outdoor gathering. One of the biggest reasons why fall is the top choice for your picnic is because everyone’s energy is at an all-time high. The humidity has escaped for the year, but the cold has yet to creep in. The only thing that can put a wrench in your weekend plans now are the bugs.
Grilling, game-playing and camp fires are all great activities until your company is overcome with bites and itches from unwanted pests. Besides just a simple annoyance, some insects can even become health risks. Mosquitoes alone carry a multitude of viruses that can leave humans feeling under the weather from a lone bite. There are more than 200 million cases of sickness caused by mosquito bites every year around the world, and there are more than 200 varieties of mosquito in North America alone. While the health risks in the United States aren’t nearly as severe as other countries, they can still spoil your fall gathering. To prevent mosquitoes from plaguing your backyard, all you need to do is follow a few guidelines to debug your property.
Protecting your home from harmful insects starts and ends with exactly the place you think it does: your lawn. The bugs lay eggs in your water-drenched lawn. By administering monthly applications of mosquito repellant, you are far less likely to have an insect problem than those who don’t use the treatment.
Mosquito control really is as simple as it sounds, and as long as you get the experts to apply the correct formula, your fall parties will go off without an itch. In most circumstances, mosquitos are gone within 24 hours. The best part is that you don’t even have to worry about them again for a whole month! By that time, another application will be due. The best defense is a good offense, and that’s exactly what a bug prevention spray is.
Do Some Draining
Mosquitos are attracted to water, and as long as you have some on your property, you can be sure they’ll find it. Water in your gutters, puddles forming in flowering pots or toys and a pool cover that collects water are all great breeding grounds for mosquitos. Even old tires and birdbaths can attract them. So do yourself a favor and get rid of any unnecessary containers where water can accumulate. For the rest of them, make sure you are draining as frequently as possible. Anytime stagnant water is present it’s a safe bet that mosquitoes are going to flock to the location.
Use Common Scents
Mosquitoes are repelled by strong aromas. Scents like peppermint, rose and sage are all easily obtained, and they’ll help to drive the mosquito population out of your yard. An added benefit of these smells is they are also pleasant to the human nose. Next time you’re sitting around the patio with a group of friends, you can be sure that the fragrances will become a positive point of conversation — and no one will mention any bugs.
If you’d rather not give these items a test run, there’s an even easier solution: Egg cartons and coffee trays can also be used to repel mosquitoes. Just put a match to them and watch the bugs make a run for it. It won’t be harmful for you and, believe it or not, the process actually creates a pleasant perfume of it’s own. Go ahead and try it, and while you’re at it give these other tips a run too.