As August arrives, so do a crew of new bugs; from pesky mosquitoes to persistent flies and beetles, these insects can quickly make outdoor activities almost unbearable. But, with some simple techniques, you can enjoy the last days of summer while minimizing the annoyance caused by August bugs.
Keep Your Space Clean
Bugs are attracted to leftover food, spills, and crumbs. To reduce their appearance in and around your home, keep your living spaces clean. Always wipe down countertops, always promptly clean up any food or drink spills, sweep daily, and mop floors often. A tidy environment will discourage summer’s worst guests from making themselves at home.
Repair Screens and Seal Cracks
Check window and door screens for tears or holes, as they provide easy entry points for bugs. Repair or replace damaged screens to keep insects where they belong, outside. Also, make sure to seal gaps or cracks around doors, windows, and vents which will help prevent further bug invasions.
Use Natural Repellents
Avoid reaching for harsh chemical bug repellents, instead, opt for natural alternatives. Essential oils like citronella, lavender, and peppermint help repel mosquitoes, flies, and other insects. In a small spray bottle, mix a few drops of your favourite of these oils with water. Spritz around your living area for an effective and beautiful-smelling bug deterrent.
Use Bug Zappers and Traps
Consider investing in bug zappers or traps for your outdoor spaces. These devices can help attract and capture flying insects, reducing their numbers around your home. Remember to place them away from seating and dining areas to avoid attracting bugs toward you.
Wear Protective Clothing
When spending time outdoors, especially during dusk and dawn (when bugs are most active), wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and closed-toe shoes to minimize exposed skin. Applying insect repellent to uncovered areas can provide added protection.
Citronella Candles to the Rescue!
Citronella candles are a classic and effective way to repel mosquitoes and other flying insects. Light these candles on your patio or outdoor seating area to create a bug-free zone while adding a cozy ambiance to your summer evenings.