Goodwyn homeowners are no strangers to pesky insects thanks to the Alabama climate, especially in summer. And guess what? It’s that time of year again! But don’t let bugs win the battle for your backyard. Enjoy your outdoor space and banish bugs by following the tips we have for you here today.
Remove Standing Water
One of the biggest draws for bugs is standing water. Eliminate any sources of standing water, as they can become breeding grounds for mosquitoes and other insects. Regularly check and empty containers like buckets, flowerpots, and birdbaths.
Maintain a Clean Yard
Keep your yard tidy and free of debris such as fallen leaves, grass clippings, and woodpiles. These can attract insects and provide them with shelter. If you don’t provide insects with shelter or food, you will force them to go elsewhere.
In a similar vein to keeping your yard clean, you should also keep trees and bushes trimmed. Overgrown vegetation can provide hiding places for insects and may even create pathways for them to enter your home.
Use Natural Repellents
Consider using natural insect repellents in your backyard. Essential oils like citronella, lavender, eucalyptus, and lemongrass can help deter mosquitoes and other bugs. You can use candles, torches, or oil diffusers to disperse the scents.
Use Bug-Resistant Plants
Some plants naturally repel insects. Consider adding bug-repellent plants like marigolds, lavender, rosemary, basil, and mint to your backyard. Their natural scents can help keep bugs away.
Clean Up After Meals
When you have outdoor meals or gatherings, make sure to clean up promptly and dispose of food waste properly. Leftover food and crumbs can attract ants, flies, and other pests.
Be mindful of your watering practices, as overwatering can create damp environments that attract mosquitoes and other insects. Water your plants and lawn appropriately, taking care not to leave stagnant water in puddles or poorly drained areas.
By following these tips, you should be able to create a more bug-free environment in your backyard this summer.
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By Goodwyn Building 7-25-2023