Summer is coming! This means bonfires, outdoor activities and sitting on the porch watching the sunset. Let’s make these activities more enjoyable by eliminating one annoying element, the mosquito! here are a few ways to repel those pesty insects this summer…
Build a Bat House
Yes, you read that right! You wouldn’t think attracting bats to your back yard would be on your to-do list, but by building a bat house you can attract the animal that eats mosquitoes. Bats, dragonflies and swallows all love to eat mosquitoes. One bat house can house up to 50 brown bats who can eat thousands of mosquitoes each night.
No Standing Water
Clogged gutters, watering cans, kiddie pools, pet bowls, bird baths and other places water can collect or sit can create a mosquito breeding zone. Be mindful of these areas around the outside of your home.
Buy or DIY Citronella Candles
Citronella candles can be effective in keeping mosquitoes away. With just a few supplies you can make your own customizing the color and size. Simply light them around the perimeter of your outdoor living space to create a mosquito-free zone.
Add an Outdoor Fan
Mosquitoes are fairly weak flyers so by adding a fan to your outdoor space such as your patio or porch, you can blow them away!
Marigolds, lavender, lemon balm and basil are natural mosquito repellents. Plant these in your yard or simply made an herb bundle to repel mosquitoes. To make it even more potent, make an herb bundle then toss it into a fire during your new get-together.