There are many chemical pesticides that are commonly used for bug repellent. You can pick up child and pet safe canned options, or even ultrasonic devices, at most grocery stores or marts. However, there are some effective natural remedies that can be more long-term solutions.
- Attract birds
If you don’t mind having some extra winged friends around your home, attracting birds with bird feeders and houses is a great natural way to reduce your bug population.
- Repelling Plant Species
A couple of known species of plants and flowers can have insect-repelling properties. These species include:
Some plants specialize in repelling mosquitos including Peppermint, Basil, and Citronella. Keep these species on your windowsill or near entrances for the best results and enjoy some beautiful fragrant foliage as well!
Seal Your Entryways
Unfortunately, bugs and pests can be difficult to track and get rid of once they get inside. Making sure insects don’t have a way in is the most effective way to keep your home pest-free. Consider taking preventative measures such as:
- Seal your window frames, dryer vents, plumbing pipes, and AC units with caulking
- Fix any gaps or holes in walls and siding
- Install window or door coverings
If you do have a pest problem in your home, call a pest-control specialist immediately to prevent a severe issue.
Keep Your Area Dry
Mosquitos- arguably the most annoying and numerous pests in the spring- survive off of stagnant water. Any puddles or collections of still water is a breeding ground for new mosquitos, so make sure to dump out any buckets or decorations.
Another option is to cover standing water like backyard ponds and pools until you are ready to use or clean. Keeping up with maintenance and cleaning can also prevent the buildup of a breeding ground.
As the winter frost and snow melts, you may experience a yard in disarray being uncovered. The best way to avoid attracting large populations of insects is to make sure your weeds and debris from winter are cleared away and your trash is contained in sealed containers. Inside, make sure no food is left out for extended periods of time and all stored food items are sealed in air-tight containers.
If you have dead trees or plants from the harsh winter, remove rotting trunks immediately. Decaying foliage attracts an array of insect species looking to feed or nest. Always practice removal safety and contact a local arbor or gardener for proper removal if trees are larger.
Security screens for patios have also risen in popularity over the past few years. Solutions like these allow for outdoor spring enjoyment without the bugs. If you are interested in upgrading your home with screens, contact Crimsafe for more information about which products may be right for you.