Summer is, for many people, the best season of the year, and there are plenty of great ways to enjoy the outdoors, including hanging out at a pool, having a cool garden party, or grilling meat for dinner on the BBQ. Of course, one thing that can really bring down your outdoor summer festivities is the presence of insects. Whether it is just the annoying kind, like ants that can spoil your food, mosquitoes that can cause irritating, itchy bites, beetles and grasshoppers, or more dangerous bugs like scorpions and wasps that can sting you and cause a lot of pain, keeping insects under control is crucial to making sure you and your family are free to enjoy your outdoor spaces in the summer months. Here are some tips for keeping your garden and home as bug free as possible!
Use Insect Repellents
When you are outside, spray yourself with a good insect repellent designed for the type of climate you live in, and also use things like citronella candles or incense which can repel mozzies and some other bugs. You may also want to try using a sunscreen with built in insect repellent to kill two birds with one stone – keeping bugs away from you and also protecting your skin from the harmful effects of the sun’s rays. Another idea is to consider using insecticides like any powder in areas where you eat or keep food so that you won’t have to deal with an army of ants trying to get to your prize winning potato salad on a BBQ day!
Destroy Wasps Nests
Wasps nests can form both out in your trees or in parts of your house, like in the loft or under the eaves. If you notice a large population of wasps in your garden or coming into your home, chances are there is a nest nearby. Wasp stings can really hurt, and wasps don’t die after stinging you so they tend to be much more aggressive than bees. They are also able to sting multiple times. If you turn out to have an allergy, wasp stings can even be fatal, causing anaphylactic shock that needs instant attention. It is therefore very important to dispose of a wasp nest as soon as you are aware of its location. If you don’t fancy tacking it yourself, then it is easy to find a pest control company who can destroy it for you.
Keep Bugs Out Of Your Home
Use a mesh bug screen on any doors and windows you keep open, whether it is at night or during the day, and make sure it forms a good seal with magnets or velcro when you come and go (if it is on a door) so there aren’t any gaps things can crawl or fly through. Don’t leave doors and windows open even with the mesh on when there are bright lights on inside as this will lure all kinds of insects, and it can be hard to get in and out through the mesh screen without allowing some of the ones resting on the outside access to your house!
The author of this post, Rupert Grant, is a sales executive at Soft Screens, a company dealing in bug screens in Australia. He is an earnest employee and he enjoys going on fishing trips when he isn’t busy working.