7 Ways to Make Your Yard & Home a Bug-Free Zone
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Here's how to keep bugs away from your patio and yard, and from getting inside your house.
1. Install Patio Fans
Mosquitos may have a tough sting, but they're wimps when it comes to standing up to a breeze. Patio fans can keep your outdoor entertaining space free from mosquitoes (and other little flyers) with the flip of a switch.
And you'll get the benefit of a cool breeze.
2. Don't Mulch Too Much (or Too Little)
As mulch decomposes, it generates heat while providing cover for brooding pests. It can even help mice tunnel into your home so keep mulch at least 12 inches away from the foundation — or use inorganic mulch, such as rock or gravel. But don't go in the opposite direction and forgo mulching altogether, leaving the ground essentially bare. Yellow jackets make their nests by tunneling into bare dirt.
3. Get Rid of Standing Water
Clean out gutters and downspouts regularly to prevent clogs that can trap water and give critters like mosquitos a place to breed.
Also make sure to keep kiddie pools, buckets, and watering cans empty when not in use.
4. Keep Your Yard Trimmed, Mowed, and Tidy
Pull out that lawnmower regularly, and keep your garden shears sharpened.
"Ticks like to hide in tall grass and wait for a passing human or animal, while bushes or tree limbs touching the home can provide easy access for pests to get indoors," says Brittany Campbell, an entomologist with the National Pest Management Association.
5. Add Landscaping Plants That Bugs Hate
Bugs hate strong scents of mint or citrus. Mix plants with those scents into your landscaping, especially near the porch, patio, or deck for added beauty and functionality.
6. Paint Your Home Lighter Colors
Choose lighter shades of paint color for your home's siding, doors, trim, and other features such as fencing, patio, and decking to make it less attractive to mosquitoes.
And if pesky birds are a problem, avoid paint that is the same color as their favorite foods.
7. Build a Bat House
According to Bat Conservation International, one small bat can consume up to 1,000 mosquitoes per hour!
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